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Growing Pains

“Even as kids reach adolescence, they need more than ever for us to watch over them.  Adolescence is not about letting go. It’s about hanging on during a very bumpy ride.”   Ron Taffel

This summer I noticed it. Where did time go and how did it sneak up on me so fast? My twelve year old son started showing the signs of adolescence. His hairy long legs fell off the couch while he played with his Kindle. “Mom, I’m hungry.”
“You just ate half an hour ago.”
“So, I’m hungry.”
Needless to say, he continues to be an eating machine. His once clear face is starting to have little blackhead visitors take up residency. I have to remind him to put on deodorant before he goes anywhere. He bumps into things more often, either because his hair is in his eyes or he isn’t paying attention. This is only the beginning, I know. But it is a first for me, I didn’t have brothers, only sisters. I’m not exactly sure what to expect.

Every morning, I drop him off at school. He gives me a goofy grin and says, “See ya later!” He still waves as he walks away. I wonder how much longer he will wave. I wonder how much longer he will talk to me on the way to school. I hope he always will, but I know how quickly things can change when so much is going on inside of you.

I’ve taught him as much as I could while he was small. I will continue to teach him as he grows and goes through the teen years and pray that he hears my advice.

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Posted by on September 17, 2013 in Parenthood

 

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The Heart of Worship

When my son was a toddler, I played Christian praise and worship music in my car while we did everyday tasks.  He got used to hearing certain songs and had several that he really enjoyed hearing.  His favorite song was, “Here I am to worship.”  When it played, I glanced at him in my rear view mirror and would watch him sitting in his car seat lifting his hands and singing as hard as he could along with the song.  It always melted my heart, brought tears to my eyes and a smile upon my face.

This morning I was reminded of that time once again.  My son, who is now twelve, was sitting behind me in church.  At  the end of service and the worship leaders were  singing a worship song.  I heard my son sing along with the music and he was singing with the same strength that he did when he was little.  I smiled and teared up.  I only hope that he will continue to sing praises to God. 

It made me think.  What does God think when we worship him so purely?  I would imagine it would bring him the greatest joy and pleasure.  As an earthly parent, it makes me beam with joy to hear him sing.  What does it do for God to hear us sing to Him with such pleasure?  I know it has to make him smile, it’s music to his ears.  It’s what He longs for.  He wants the transparency of his creation to come and enter into worship.  In the bible, it says that David was a man after God’s heart.  Why? Because he sang praise to His father, he cried out with song.  He was transparent with God.  In his music, he would sing what he felt.  He was honest with his Creator. 

My prayer is that I remember that God wants to hear me sing, he wants to see me raise my hands to Him, and we wants me to be transparent. This is a gift fit for the King.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2013 in Writing

 

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