You’re like Forrest…running after the little ones constantly –
You’re working through the chaos –
You’re shuffling and multi-tasking to the 25th power –
But through the midst of the day-to-day attempts to balance it all, God uses the smallest things or rather the smallest people to speak volume to our hearts. It’s in the glimpses of the lessons we teach our children that God smiles down and says “Daughter…this applies to you too.” Will we allow the Holy Spirit to stop us in our tracks as we’re reminded of God’s love, grace, and mercy and extend the same to our kids and others? God, I’m thankful for the spiritual lessons you have taught me through my kids.
Lesson #1 – Patience and Waiting on God
“Ugh…mom! Why do we have to wait for the red light? Let’s get to Chuck-E Cheese…NOW!”
I believe we all can attest to hearing our little ones gripe from the back seat on how and how fast we are suppose to get to a particular destination. On these occasions, I express to my son that I have no control over the traffic light, how the traffic light provides safety, and that we have to be patient.
The same applies to us! Are you guilty of trying to rush God? Trying to figure out why He’s having you sit still for a particular season? I’ve been there and wanting Him to move like YESTERDAY! However, God‘s timing is perfect and key to molding us into the women of God he has called us to be. Just like the traffic light, God protects us from danger and is working in the midst: He teaches us patience, how to trust and wait on him, and gives us the green light when it’s our time to go!
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Lesson #2 – Learning to be Quiet and Listen
“Mom….what did you say?” Ten minutes later…”Mom…what did you say again?”
Don’t you just love it when you have to repeat yourself over and over again! You find yourself asking your little ones to complete a certain task while their little minds are off somewhere else. I quickly explain to my boys that in order for them to understand what I am saying and to complete the task at hand, they must first be still, give full attention, and then listen.
Just like that, it hit me! Our Father strives daily to communicate with us and asks us to slow down to hear His still small voice. Like our kids, we are off in the thick of busyness and we don’t hear from God. But we find ourselves getting frustrated and restless wanting to hear from him – “what did you say God? I didn’t hear you the first time…what did you say again?” In order for us to hear from God in the midst of the chaos, we must slow down and make quiet time to really be in tune to God and the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Just like our kids may not be able to focus on our instructions while playing, we have to stop playing with our toys and fix our eyes and attention on our Father.
Habakkuk 2:1 I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.
Lesson #3 - Love Like God
“Mom..will you love me if I…….?”
On several occasions, my son has asked me this question ending with a series of statements puzzling the possibility of him failing, stumbling, or even disappointing me. Of course, I’ve explained to him that I would love Him no matter what and always want the best for him. As moms, we have that selfless and sacrificial love for our kids and desire for them to be all that God has created them to be no matter what life throws at them.
In the same way, our Father expresses His unconditional love to us constantly. A love so strong and genuine that He gave his life for our sins and transgressions. No matter how much of a hot mess we are, He still opens His loving arms and accepts us where we are! There are probably some things in your past you’ve regretted and asked “Will He still love me?” and yes He does love you and because of his grace we are renewed and made alive. No matter what our kids may do or say, we love them to the moon and back. For that reason, I’m so thankful that God shows us His love “to infinity and beyond.”
Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved.
Being patient, being still, and showing unconditional love - simple but profound lessons used by God’s little disciples to help us continue through our faith journeys. Even when days are hectic and we seem to be far from the Word, God works in His majestic ways and uses our kids to help mold us to the women he is calling us to be!
Through lessons like these and my NICU journey to a 25 weeker, God has used my experiences to shape me as a wife, mother, and entrepreneur. I’m so thankful for the passion He has placed in my heart to help women express their faith in the everyday – through the chaos and through the special moments.
Know that you are a one-of-a-kind, sets-evil-to-its-knees, beautiful kind of woman. Your life isn’t a mistake but it matters. Actually, every fiber of your life sings with significance. You weren’t made to count down the days until the next exciting thing or just survive until your head finally hits the pillow, but you were meant to conquer each day with the word of God. You were made to come fully alive in His love. I invite you all to continue your faith journey with me as we use the lessons our lives to change atmospheres, attitudes, and hearts!
Chamel is owner and designer of Chamel’s Creations. She is passionate about helping women express their faith in the everyday through fashionable accessories. Chamel is married to her best friend, Marcus, and have two incredible sons, Braylon and Kaleb. She gets happy over Law and Order: Special Victims, Sprite and chocolate. But more than anything, Chamel loves God with her everything and knows that every gift in her life is because of Him.
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