Here is another post from my old WordPress blog. This happened when my oldest, who is currently 10, was around 4yrs old. He was a bit later than the others in his reading. Most of that had to do with the fact that I could not adapt my reading teaching to his Matchbox cars, like I could with math.
Yesterday my son did something that got my attention and reminded me that moments count, no matter how insignificant they may appear. We were sitting at the table, he was practicing his phonics by writing letters and asking me what he had spelled. Some words he got, others were another language only he found funny. During a pause in our conversation he looked over at me and asked “Mom, do you like spending time with me?”
I smiled through the tears in my eyes and told him that “Yes, spending time with you is one of my favorite things to do. Do you want to know why?” He told me he didn’t. “Because I love you very much.” He seemed content with this response and we moved on with our previous conversations.
These moments happen when I least expect them. I will have a chance to hand them nuggets of truth: I love you, God loves you, children are a blessing and an inheritance from the LORD, etc. Every childish question brings the moment to offer truth and knowledge. I never considered myself a teacher, but almost every moment of my day is spent teaching my children. These moments remind of the Old Testament moments that God expected of Godly parents. Every major event was marked with a memorial and seeing this memorial would spark the interest of the children. God expected parents to explain to their children the history and events that shaped their faith. As parents we must remember that moments count, we must pray that we will recognize these moments and use them to glorify God. After all, our children are a blessing and an inheritance. We are stewards of these gifts and must treat them as such.
Exodus 12:24-26 “And you shall observe this event as an ordinance for you and your children forever. 25 “And it will come about when you enter the land which the LORD will give you, as He has promised, that you shall observe this rite. 26 “And it will come about when your children will say to you, ‘What does this rite mean to you?’
Joshua 4:6-7 “Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ 7 then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.’ So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.”
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They just want reassurance, don’t they. Of course when they are 4, they ask for it more directly than when they are 10.