As I type, I’m being jostled down the road while my husband drives my family towards a short beach reprieve.
I look at him and smile before glancing over my shoulder. Promise is in the air, and everyone is looking forward to escaping to a warmer climate on this cool, fall day. Our seven children are happily chattering away, excited about what the next few days will bring.
Each one adds a different dynamic to the conversation. Some are more animated than others. Our three-year-old spontaneously bursts in to song, stealing the spotlight momentarily as our teens giggle at her antics.
And I am thankful.
I’m ashamed to say that so often I take my children for granted. I assume that their bright smiles and charming laughter are a given, and I go through my day without truly giving thanks for each one.
I wonder what God must think when I act this way. The awe-inspiring, love-filled God of the universe entrusted me with my children, and like a spoiled child, I sometimes turn my nose up and…
complain about these precious gifts from above.
Oh, how He must feel. Imagine a spoiled child at a birthday party, who just opened the most expensive present on the table. Instead of gratefulness, she scrunches her nose in disgust, and complains in a loud, whiny voice.
I might not voice my complaints, but like the spoiled birthday girl, sometimes I internally bring my protests to God instead of cherishing each moment that The Lord has given me with my children. To truly give thanks in all circumstances.
Today, I am thankful that our gracious Lord has given me another chance to recognize the immense gift that He has entrusted me with. To truly show gratitude to Him in all that I do. Because that dear mothers, is what life is all about.
4 thoughts on “The Importance of Showing Gratitude for Our Children”
WOW this really moved me to tears.
Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, may God bless you!
WoW – Did I ever need that kind word today!
My pleasure Belinda, thank you for stopping by!