Psalm 127:3 tells us, “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.” Sometimes, in the hustle of taking care of these kids that are supposed to be a gift to us, they can feel more like a heavy burden.
Caring for kids can feel like draining work. If we don’t find a proper balance between caretaking of our family and investing in our own self-care it can be easy to miss out on the daily joys of a childhood unfolding before your eyes, family-life, and the legacy that you have the honor of passing to your children.
Thankfully, God’s word is a place we can keep going back to when our lives need regrounding in truth. God’s word reminds us of what in our lives matters most. It points us to the good and beautiful all around us and our children are one of the most beautiful gifts we have in this life.
Recently, I realized in my own parenting that the magic of my own kids childhoods was no longer evident to me. I went through the day busily completing one task only to then quickly jump into another.
I was not able to find joy in mothering because my mind was continuously occupied by responsibilities, to-do lists, and worry. God has begun to ground me again in the life-giving truth that this time I have with my kids is a gift.
Their silly laughter should be contagious! I can be productive but also I need to pause along the way to be present. I have found that when I flip my perspective as a Mom to one filled with gratitude rather than frustration then I am able to live my days more joyfully.
Psalm 127 is just one of many reminders from the Bible of how precious children are in the sight of the Lord!
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