We just got back from a week of vacation. It was wonderful to be with my extended family and be with my 92 year old grandma. As her body gets more frail and her mind weakens, we were thankful to be able to spend time with her once again.
While on vacation, we had the privilege of eating dinner with the pastor and his wife of the church where my mom grew up and where we always visit when we go see my grandma. He has been the pastor there for 14 or 15 years and is a few years older than my husband and I. We have started to have a time of fellowship with them every time we go on vacation, and my husband has been able to preach for him which gives him a nice break too as he lives in a rural area where there are no other pastors who can fill the pulpit.
He encouraged my husband to “pastor his family first!” To make sure that our family is getting what we need from God’s Word even before our church members get pastoring from my husband. He shared how that my husband could throw all his time and effort into ministry yet lose it all if his family is lost.
I took this message to heart as well as I am the one home with my children all day. It is also my job to “train” or “mold” their hearts with my daily example and living out of my Christian faith.
We got home Sunday night at 11 pm. On Monday, I did 6 loads of laundry, took care of clean clothes, and picked produce. Then one of my daughters asked me if we could scrapbook. Sigh. There is so much to do after vacation! But I ordered pictures at 12:30 am Tuesday morning. Yay for online ordering!
On Tuesday, I went grocery shopping . . . and picked up the pictures . . . and let my 2nd daughter organize them into groups. Yay for children getting older and being able to do some things by themselves!
On Wednesday, I babysat for the first time in over a week, and the baby’s schedule has changed. She takes only one nap now a day; therefore, even though the chairs were moved and the floor was swept, there was no washing the filthy kitchen floor, so guess what?
We finally scrapbooked!
It was a little humorous and nerve wracking to try to help 3 children work on pictures all at the same time (5, 7, and almost 9 years old). However, by the end of the day, we had 7 pages down–and probably 22 more to go! (That was just from vacation!)
Technically, I guess this wouldn’t be considered “pastoring” a child’s heart, yet we spent time together. We worked together. They knew they were important.
And I finally got that floor done at 4:30 pm (before showering and getting ready for church) after the pages were done and the kids sat down to watch some Andy Griffith so that they would not walk on the wet floor!
Do I have a ton of blogging to do? Yes. Will I ever get done before midnight? I don’t think so. But if my blogging ever becomes “successful” (whatever that means); yet I lose my kids, I have lost it all.
How do we use it?
We have to find time to get in God’s Word with our children. As we walk, as we sit, as we go about the day’s responsibilities, we need to be aware of teachable moments–and remember that there are eyes watching. And they see hypocrisy. They see if we are living out what we teach.
We will never be perfect. We will make mistakes. But we have time at our disposal. We all have 24 hours in every day. How are we using it?
Take the time while you have it to invest in your children.
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