"These two wear me out!! It takes double the time to do anything with them.", said my husband as he walked in from the backyard. He was planting some flowers with our two children who are under 5 years old. He had a couple of planters to fill with some full sun flowers and was having a hard time getting it done as fast as he wanted.
"yes, but they are learning with you.", that was my answer as he left through the back door after picking up whatever tool he came in for.
Almost immediately I began a conversation with God inside of me."You don't need us for anything. You can accomplish all Your plans on Your own. You don't need our help.", I said to God.
"Yes, but I choose to "use" you so you can learn.", was the answer I heard.
God began to show me the parallel between parenting and our relationship with Him. The same way we could cross off our to-do list very quickly without our children, we choose to let them participate in the chores for the sake of fellowship and learning experiences. Yes, it takes longer. Yes, it's tiring. But in the end our children feel fulfilled by the experience, and what they can do and the time they spent with Mom and Dad.
I am praying that God will help me be as patient and gracious with my children as He is with me!! Oh, Jesus, help me to learn my lessons effectively and in a timely manner so I don't have to go around the mountain again! :)
I got some layouts listed on Ebay right now. Would love to hear comments. I will post pictures here another day!!