My friends and family know, but some reading will not. Kaylee, our middle daughter, was held back and did Kindergarten twice. This was a really hard thing for Jeremy and I to come to grips with. However, it was by far the best decision for Kaylee. She did fantastic with Kindergarten last year. She built confidence with her reading, developed better math skills, and most importantly did not come home crying and struggling.
The one area, that bothered me was that she did not make good friends. She had a love/hate relationship with one girl in her class but no strong bond, with anyone. As petty as it may sound here are the things I prayed non-stop about this summer for Kaylee.
- That she was be excited about school, and eager to learn.
- That she would make a good friend/friends this year, who would help her grow, encourage her, and be the kind of friend we want her to have.
- I prayed for her teacher, and God to put her in the right class for her.
- That no one would pick on her about her glasses.
- That she would show love/kindness to all in her class.
So, today it made my day, when she jumped in the car telling me about wearing her glasses, without being asked to. Then went on to tell me she told ____________(a certain child, I wish not to name, that has mental/learning disability), good job, and encouraged him today.
Later this evening, we went to a birthday dinner for my niece, and ran into her teacher. Her teacher was telling me how great Kaylee was doing, and how proud she was of Kaylee, for encouraging this same child. There is nothing, that makes this momma more happy, than to know my child is showing empathy, love, compassion, and putting the fruits of the spirit to work.
We all mess up, fall short, make mistakes daily. However, my biggest job at this stage of life, is my children. Raising them right, to love others and follow Christ. That is a HARD job! I fail them daily. I do the best I can to make sure we are praying morning, noon, night, when someone gets hurt, when we hear a need, etc. We take the kids to church, and our church is more an extended family to us.
They are raised in church, around fellow believers, and we are active. I head the fellowship team, my husband is on the worship team, a deacon, and we step in when needed to fill in for Sunday school, or anywhere else we see the need. I go and decorate the church, and take the kids with me. Jeremy goes and practices on the drums, and we take the kids. I am usually cleaning or organizing around the church while he plays around, and the kids are there. They don’t have a choice but to be saturated in the church. The church is not the building, its the people.
Our church family is amazing. When I had Isabelle, we had meals delivered almost daily for 3 weeks. That was the absolute best blessing anyone has ever given me. When Jeremy’s mom died, our church stepped up again, brought meals, helped with the funeral in any way we needed, and several came to the service 2 hours away. When our water pump died on a weekend, we had 2 men from the church come and help pull the 300FT deep pump, and replace it. The same two men, came and repaired a roof leak. I could go on, and on. We are a church of service. We help each other out. When there is a need you step in, and take care of people. I believe whole-heartily, that is what Jesus wants.
Circling back around, that is what we are trying to teach our children. Show them how to live for Christ. It’s not just on Sunday mornings. We lived our lives that way for a long time. I am so thankful we have come as far as we have. I pray we continue to grow closer to Christ, and lead our children in the right direction. We have a long ways to go, but each day is a step closer.
I understand, some people do not understand this. How we can put so much hope, and faith into the unknown. Something so hard to understand. I can tell you story after story, about how God is real, and how we have seen and experienced personal situations that can only be explained as God. I do NOT throw the Bible upside everyone I come in contact with. However, I do try to show love and respect to everyone. I try to be a witness by the way I live my life. I try to make sure to instill in our children, that HATE is not acceptable. We will not condone it, and they will get in big trouble if we find out they are behaving in that manner. I want to raise Jesus Girls.
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