I’ve learned a little bit about investing money while following the Dave Ramsey financial plan. Before this time, I was totally clueless. The major take away I’ve learned is that slow and steady wins the race. Investing in good investments consistently will grow into a big return over time.
While this type of knowledge is important, it is nothing compared to the importance of investing in our families. When my older children were young, I didn’t take much stock in the “mundane” tasks of everyday life. I didn’t realize the simple moments that I spent with my children were an investment in the future. Looking back now though, I understand just how important these moments are.
Over time, all of these little moments compound into big moments. All of these little moments add up to memories that shape our children’s view of their childhood. I don’t know about you, but I pray nearly daily that the Lord will help me provide a happy childhood for my children. Moments and memories do not take money. They take time. Mamas, staying home with our babies is one of the best ways to provide our children with the love and care they need to flourish.
At the moment I’m sitting at a dock with my family. It is mostly quiet as everyone eagerly reels in their fishing lines. Mabrey is blissfully spilling her sippy cup everywhere, ha! This inexpensive moment in time is an investment in my children’s future. Is our life always this quiet and lovely? By no means. Only by the grace of God do our lives have meaning and purpose.
I would like to encourage you to invest in your children’s lives today. Small moments like reading books, giving hugs, and giving encouragement add up to sweet memories they will hopefully cherish forever. Just being present is an investment in our children’s future. There is nothing better than being there to help our children if needed. My kids’ eyes just light up when I simply compliment their drawings or talk about our latest fishing excursion.
Our families are a gift from the Lord, and I fear women send the message that money is more important than time with our children when we choose to leave our home to work rather than spending time with them. No commodity is more important than time. Once it’s gone, we cannot get it back. We will never regret spending time with our families. In fact, Scripture tells us that He blesses the man who fears the Lord with family. We must try to be a good steward of what the Father has given us.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord.
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