The Moment It Clicked
As parents we are constantly teaching the same lesson to our children over and over again. There are times that you want to throw in the towel and simply accept that they will NEVER GET IT! Those melodramatic moments when you think to yourself, “He will be 40 and I will still be reminding him to wash his hands, to wipe his bum, to pull his pants up BEFORE leaving the bathroom… and the list goes on.
But every once in a while, there is that ‘aha’ moment. Sometimes it comes to you in the moment, other times its a little less obvious.
Today was an ‘aha’ moment. An in your face, crystal clear ‘aha’ moment.
HE GETS IT
Driving school to school this morning we were stopped by the flashing lights and sirens of an oncoming ambulance. As I have done since, well I can’t remember, I said to Juders, “Buddy, there’s an ambulance. What does that mean?” And he said, “That someone is hurt Mommy.” “What do we do now?” “We pray to Jesus.” “Do you wanna pray Jude?” “Ok. Dear Jesus please help the ambulance and make the person not hurt anymore. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.” My heart full of love I look back quickly, Jude grins at me and says, “Momma! I know the words now! Now I can know what to pray!”
Heart Full of Love and Thankfulness
Later this evening, as I was putting him to bed. I knelt by his bed and began our praying ritual. He places his hand on my face and says, “Momma, I know the words. I’m going to pray.” He then proceeds to say, “Jesus please help all the people to not hurt. And please help Mommy’s bo-bo to go away. In Jesus name Amen.”
These are the moments to treasure.
Flawed Mommy Finally Gets it Right
I yell, I get irritated. I’m busy, tired and your typical, normal Mom who is full of flaws. I let my kids down, have more clean laundry on the floors then in drawers. My bathrooms are more often dirty then clean and to be honest I DO get excited for bedtime. I could go on with my list of failures – but that would be really depressing.
For once, at the end of the day, I am reflecting back not on my immeasurable flaws, but on the one thing I managed to get right!!!!
I impressed on my son’s heart compassion and faith! My 4-year-old son, his heart full, his eyes sparkling was so happy that he knows how to pray. I taught my son how to pray! If in the morning I can’t find him any clean socks to wear. If I feed him packaged food. If he still can’t manage to walk down the hallway at school without breaking down crying, it simply doesn’t matter. What matters most is that my son knows how to pray. Better still, he loves praying!
This Mom may be flawed, she may have failed her children more times today than even she can remember – but today is STILL a success. Today Jude Prayed.