This morning it was just me and him.
The older two went to the movies, Silas was sleeping.
Memories of only child Eli came wafting back. Ezra would never get to be the only child, but at that moment he was my only child. I purposely turned off the tv, put down my phone and got down on his level.
A dump truck dropped off its load of cars at the toy box.
Blocks were stacked, counted and tumbled down the chute.
The school bus took a dizzying ride.
We watched the man working outside.
He made the fire alarm go off and it was very exciting!
Intentionality. Focus. Mindfulness.
Our house is usually alive with noise: a hungry baby crying, a brother and sister fighting, cartoons singing and a dishwasher running. These moments of quiet and solitude are few and far between. What once was common and taken for granted is no longer even desired because it has been forgotten.
I used to spend hours laying on Eli’s floor, lining up his cars (because he’s organized just like his mama). Today I realized that it’s been quite a while since I just played.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters;
He restores my soul…
These moments alone with my children are precious to me. As much as it’s my responsibility to ensure that they have a clean home and healthy meals, I believe it is also vital that they know they are loved and enjoyed.
I’ve always appreciated the Father/Child relationship that the Bible provides us as a picture of how God views us. Yes, God is the Almighty Creator of the Universe, however He’s also our Abba Father. My children need that private time with me, whether it’s playing in their room, going out for ice cream or just snuggling together on their special night. How much more so do I need that private time with my Father?
The noises of my home. The pressures of responsibilities. The weariness of my body and mind have all kept me from intentionally seeking Him out. Those moments I eek out for prayer tend to be filled with my laundry list of needs: strength, patience, resources, healing, rest.
I pray for rest, but don’t seek it.
You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jer 29:13
The Lord is my Shepherd. He makes me…He leads me…He restores…
What have you forgotten? How do you find private time with God?
**Today I’m celebrating the small things as part of Emily’s Tuesdays Unwrapped. Stop by Chatting @ the Sky to see what other moments people are slowing down to notice.
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