Dear Mother of Young Children:

I know you are wondering if you will ever go to the bathroom alone again. You have wiped noses and bottoms more times than you can count. You wonder when you will ever sleep a full night without extra drinks of water or fending off monsters under the bed. Older moms tell you how quickly time flies. You smile politely and wonder when because your days are sooo long.

I know because my children were young once. Today, as you embark on another long day, I want to share a few thoughts with you.

First, I believe that our children are God’s children. They belong to Him. I had to come to grips with this very suddenly when my youngest child, Jimmy left this earth at age 15 in a tragic boating accident. He had given his life to Christ and is with Him. We don’t own our children. They belong to God. Trust Him, even when the path is dark.

Second, I find that some of my favorite memories are of ordinary things that were so stressful at the time. Potty training, homework, school projects come to mind. They weave a tapestry that binds you and your kids together. Funny stories and precious memories will be with you your whole life.

Finally, I encourage you to give yourself a break! Breathe. Laugh with your kids, let the dishes wait a few minutes, sing silly songs. Look into your children’s eyes and feel the love that wells up in your heart. Now, look in the mirror and remember that you are God’s child. He loves you even more than you love your own children. Wow.

You don’t have to be perfect to have a great day!

Reflect Light,

Carole Graves

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