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5 Things You Should Know About This Pic

(By Kim)

Recently I clicked this snap of my kids. Here are 5 things I was reminded of as a mother when I was looking at this pic.

1. Children are a blessing from the Lord

Do not conform to the patterns of the world when they tell you that children are a burdensome responsibility. I see this trend nowadays: Marry late, get kids even late. And watch out – one is more than enough to handle (In fact I sense that more often than not couples plan for one child as a formality just to keep the wagging mouths of the world around them shut).

Trust me if I had to advise my children, I will tell them exactly the opposite: Marry early and have kids early.

2. Heart of service

Sometimes I long for some “my time” – when I am able to do what I want, or may be just do nothing and laze around; but my children take priority. They teach me the heart of service, which is to look beyond my personal needs and care for others.

3. Fellowship with Jesus

I feel so happy when I make them both sleep. Because this is the time that I long for – when I would spend with Jesus. But sadly, more often than not, like this night when I ended up doing other household chores when they slept.

I realise it is more easy to walk and fellowship with Jesus throughout the day than to put Him in a slot. Jesus need to be the God of my routine and not merely a part of my routine.

4. Focus on the Giver

Sometimes as mothers our world gets too centered around our kids. In one word that’s called – Worry, which Jesus asks us to get rid of. It’s so easy to forget the Giver and get too focused on the gift.

I also remind myself: My priorities will be my kids’ priorities. In fact whatever I do, the generation after me will go one step ahead. For example: If I seek His presence and His kingdom first, my kids will be better at it. If I feel ok to miss my Sunday fellowship for petty reason, my kids will be better at it.! If my kids see me with a phone in my hand 12/7, they will have it 24/7!

5. I realise I am not at all a perfect mother

I scream, I yell – sometimes I cry – because I don’t know to handle my kids. But I thank God, He doesn’t expect my perfection but my surrender. Because it’s only in my surrender His strength is made perfect and in my weakness His grace becomes sufficient.

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