I don’t know about you, but even though I am home with my children all day, I sometimes get so busy with the cooking, cleaning, laundry, and basic physical care that I forget to come up for air and connect with my kids the way I should.
Lately I have tried to ask myself two questions at the end of the day.
“How have I fed my children’s souls today?”
Did I pray with them? Did we read a Bible story? Did we have a spiritually meaningful conversation? Better yet, were these things sprinkled through my day as a lifestyle of discipleship? It’s not about a checklist. Every day will look different. But was I intentional in some way about nurturing their spiritual lives?
“How have I reached my children’s hearts today?”
Have I connected with each of them in a way that makes them feel loved and strengthens our bond? Did I give enough hugs and snuggles? Did I take time to listen to them? Did I say “yes” to their requests for a game or a tea party? Did I speak gently and with understanding? Did I discipline with grace, mercy, and kindness? Did we read together? Did I laugh with them?
Again, each day will look different. But I don’t want the days to slip away with so many mundane activities that I neglect my relationship with my children, and their relationship with God.
Asking these questions has been good self-accountability. Day by day it may not seem like much, but it adds up to a years of little connections that build a solid foundation.
What is one thing you do to feed your child’s soul or win their hearts?
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