My four year old daughter sharpens me. She's continually stretching our perspective and astounding us with her acute awareness for other people in simple situations. I tried hard to make Valentines Day special for our kids (though I actually loathe the holiday) because January and the first part of February was full of nothing but sickness for our family. Literally. For 6 weeks we passed a variety of things around and just to be sure it didn't miss anyone, passed it around again. So, as Moms will do, I tried to find some fun and creativity in the simple, and making it all about them :) But, in the same week Emmalyn had a friend at school to go through something horribly difficult and I myself had a friend enduring pain, both emotionally and physically.
In our Valentines Day baking frenzy Emmalyn asked what the special occasion was. I explained that mommy was trying to make Valentines Day special and her response, nonetheless caused me to pause and reevaluate my heart in addition to what we're teaching our children- "Oh, okay. I just thought we were making these for our friends who are sad." So, shattered and humble I told her I thought that was a wonderful idea and that I was proud of her for thinking of others. There is no greater confirmation and spirit of gratitude than when you realize the Lord is cultivating compassion in the heart of your little one.
Just as the Lord would have it, He had me reading in Haggai that week and I recalled chapter 1 verse 4- Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?
The prophet Haggai was writing about a people who had lost concern for the need to build God's house because they were so focused on their own worldly needs. In that moment with Emmalyn in our kitchen, I was reminded that in an effort to fill my own motherly needs I was blind to the opportunity to use a teachable moment to fill some needs of others in our lives who would really benefit from a simple act of kindness. Instead, my four year old daughter taught me in that moment. Reminding me that we are to be salt and light, building up the body of Christ for what is most important... having some fun together all the while.
Let your light shine before men, so that they will see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven. ~Matthew 5:16
My sweet girl and some of our goodies :)
And I had to throw in this cheesy Valentines smile because it's just irresistible!
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