Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Mother's Heart

I've had the opportunity to spend some extra one-on-one time with my middle son this past week, and it's been a terrific experience. We went on a "date" to see a movie together. He has helped me with my coupons and with the grocery shopping for the family. Today we made a game (later post) and spent some time in the kitchen cooking up a new family recipe.

My oldest son is away enjoying some one-on-one with my parents (it'll take about 3 weeks for him to recover and realize that the world doesn't  Actually  revolve around him), but in the mean-time, I have more of "me" to share with the other two boys.

Individual time with each child has always been on my list of priorities, but life gets busy and before I know it too much time has past  since I last enjoyed a "mother and son date". It's an important tradition for me to keep up with. It gives me a chance to get a feel for what is really going on inside their little heads- which is  always an interesting  adventure in its own right!

It also provides the perfect opportunity to encourage each child and point out special or unique traits and gifts that I personally enjoy in each one of them. Our time doesn't have to be fancy. I can't always make arrangements to have help with the other kids. Sometimes, I will even just let one of them stay up later than anyone else and we'll do an art project or craft together. Other times we get to actually go out on a little date.

The important thing is for me to be able to totally focus my attention and soak up the "intentional moment" we have together.

I recently purchased the ebook by Brooke McGlothlin (just $5.95) called "Warrior Prayers"  and plan to participate in the 21 day challange to pray the Word for my sons. I do pray for my children, but this is a commitment to pray specific scriptures to meet their individual needs and impact their lives, and to keep at it for 21 days straight. That's what I like to call "petitioning God"!

I am excited to be a part of it! I am getting a head start by spending time with each son on our dates to get a closer look at where he is RIGHT NOW, at this stage and time in his life. Don't get me wrong, I spend every day with my children (ha! I don't even send them off to school, except for a couple of classes here and there) but this is a deeper, more in-depth look into our relationships, into their relationships with their Creator, and at the possibilities for their futures.

I am amazed as I watch God work in their lives. It blows me away to see how He leads them into greater understanding than I would have thought possible (for their ages).  It is the coolest thing ever to watch these young men of mine develop a genuine "relationship" with Christ and to know that He is shaping the desires of their hearts. I am so thankful.

If you have boys in particular- I encourage you to check out this information. I encourage you to commit to training a generation of young men who will lead their families and others down the road less taken. They can change the world, these little men of ours!

*Of course, the little women are just as important- this particular information is geared toward boys and for the mothers of boys- so please don't take it any other way! I believe the information is relevent for all of our children.

 For me, the focus here is to change the hearts and minds of a nation of men- and to bring the fathers back into the role they have all too often neglected. It has to be done one child at a time, and in this case- one little man at a time. As mothers, we can bring His favor in the lives of our children, and in doing so- we can turn our nation back towards God.

Mothers of boys- Will you join me?


Jill said...

Amen! Beuatifully said.

Jill said... I can't go back and correct my typo so I will say it again...
Beautifully said.

ThaiHoa said...

I have a daughter but agree with you that it is important to pray the Word for all children. Good luck with the challenge. I am glad you got to spend time with your middle son! said...

thank you ladies- ThaiHoa- I'm sure the same verses apply to girls as well, The "Warrior Prayers" series is just written for moms of boys. I am really looking forward to the challenge starting in April.
God Bless!

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Simplifying in the South said...

This is absolutely beautiful. And I love all the stylish new changes. Ever since blogging I've discovered this 'date-night' idea with your children. I think it's fabulous. Some of my earliest memories with my Dad are breakfast on Saturday mornings at Jerry's. A wonderful tradition I want to pass on to my future children.

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The Empress said...

Thanks for commenting at Mom Renewal.

I am also the mother of 3 boys, and homeschooled them until this year.

They're all in school now, but I had been homeschooling from 2002 until this past year.

Happy to meet you!

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Little Gumnut said...

That's a beautiful vision for your boys! We have three girls so are doing the same on 'the other side' :)
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and commenting. I love your idea of quilting the boys clothes into quilts for them. It'll be so special for them. I've only recently started doing simple quilts too so be encouraged, if I can do it, you can too!! Sewing is no barrier! :)

Cheryl said...

Absolutely, I agree! I heard Warrior Prayers is awesome :)

LessThanPerfectParents said...

As the mother of a boy, this post got me choked up. Beautifully written!

kelli said...

I loved this post. This is something my husband and I both want to do with our children. I think it is so important to have some one on one time with each of them. Us as mom's have such a huge responsibility of praying for our family; children and husbands. Many Blessing to you and your family.