Wow where did that time go? Our oldest daughter just turned 25 and that means I have been a mom longer than I have been a single person. This just blows my mind, that I as a young mother now have a daughter that is 1/4 of a century old. Over the past 25 years I have grown a lot, experienced more, and lived through some things that I wish I would not have had too.
Being a mom for this long also shows me that my parents did a lot of things right that I thought was wrong when I was younger, and I promised myself I would not do if I ever had kids. Sad but I did do some of the those things, but then we all learn our parents were not as dumb as we once thought.
My experiences make me the mom I am today, willing to do extra special things for my kids, because coming close to losing one can do that, it makes you appreciate the little things more like hugs from your almost 13 year old, to calls out of the blue from your girls just to tell you something that happened to them…love moments like this.
So as a parent does God look forward to when his children obey him? Does he do fist pumps when we excel at something new, does he have down days when even though he told us not to do something we do it anyways? I am reminded of the story of the prodigal son and even though in the back of his father’s mind (he was saying this is not a good idea) he gave the young man his part in the inheritance and let him learn from a mistake. So do you learn from your mistakes, or are you in a cycle of repeating the same mistakes over and over again. I know how hard it can be to admit you are making an error in your judgement, but knowing that it is wrong and confessing to God that you want to be forgiven of your faults are way different just as a child learns from his/her mistakes so to we must learn to ask God to forgive our mistakes…parenting is not easy and there is no manual or book out there on how to do every thing right, the only lessons I can pass on from parenting for 25 years is LOVE them no matter what! And pray for them everyday!
Just my simple two cents from the Gingham Chick 🙂