Creating Loving Memories
Saturday afternoon I had the thrill of watching two of our grandsons play T-ball. This new league established by our church has caused quite an excitement among our people, especially for those who have boys within the age bracket for this league. The man for whom the little league park was named, Tom Goodson, threw out the first pitch; and the catcher to whom the first pitch was thrown was our son, Tim.
Memories flooded my mind, and they took me back 22 years when Tim first started in T-ball. I was sitting on the exact same bleachers where I sat when Tim was a little kid! To say “time flies” is putting it mildly! Our lives have taken twists and turns since then. Our children are raised and are having children of their own. Our youngest daughter, Tabitha, gave birth to Rhegan Anne on February 24 and, although she arrived three weeks ahead of schedule, Rhegan weighed in at 8 pounds and 14 ounces and was 9.1 pounds by the time she left the hospital! Tim and Rebecca are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first baby in mid June, bringing the number of our grandchildren to a perfect seven! The Trieber name lives on! There is nothing as fulfilling and exhilarating, and there is nothing so depleting and exhausting as PARENTING! It’s the best of jobs. It is the most difficult of jobs. It brings us great joy, and it can also cause us the greatest pain. Parenting means hard work, pain and tears; but, never forget, God intended for women to have joy and satisfaction through children. The calling of motherhood is a high calling. I am thankful I was able to be home with my children. The family is more important than the family room, the love is more important than the loveseat, and the bedtime story is more important than the bed! As mothers raising our children, we need to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and see to it that some things are provided for them in our homes:
1. Provide a refuge…
a. where children run to and not from.
b. where the everyday anxieties of life can be calmed. Don’t stress your children by making them be overly involved!
c. where feelings are mended. Did you know your children have feelings too?
d. where your children know they are loved.
2. Provide a classroom…
a. where values of life are taught.
b. where instruction in manners is given.
c. where discipline is administered properly.
d. where help in education is obtained.
e. where respect for authority is learned.
3. Provide a work place…
a. where you teach your children to work (instruction).
b. where you show them how to work (demonstration).
c. where you correct mistakes they make in working ( inspection).
d. where you praise them for their work (admiration).
e. where you let your children know that life is not all fun—and teach them that they have responsibilities.
4. Provide a place of fun…
a. and spend “fun” time with your children.
b. and plan activities for your children (rides, birthday parties, vacations, popcorn and pj rides, baseball, etc.).
c . and leave all the work once in a while to GO PLAY!
5. Provide a spiritual place…
a. where you teach them they need a Savior.
b. where you practice the presence of Jesus in your home.
c. where your family spends time together with God.
d. where you pray with your child/children.
e. where your family practices public worship together.
f. where your family supports your church and your pastor.
Raising children is an awesome responsibility, and it is beyond our human abilities. God will give you the strength and patience you need as you seek Him in your parenting. May God bless you as you continue to raise your children for Him. Let me encourage you with this thought: They do grow up and give you grandchildren, so the best is yet to come!!