Every now and then - While sitting at Church - The Heavens Open. The Clouds Part. And Angels and Glory Shine Down on my Little Family and keep my kids QUIET ENOUGH for me to HEAR the MESSAGE....
OR I am just in another state of BLISSFULLY UNAWARE while JT wrestles the 3 Tiny Monsters CLIMBING all over him and I am smiling up at the speaker...
Whatever the case- Recently I heard a Little Lesson that has CHANGED MY LIFE.
A few months back a friend was speaking and said something profound that I have to share. Jamie Stringham (that's right Jamie, a Shout Out in my Blog makes you Practically FAMOUS) was relating a story from the New Testament. (sorry, Jamie, I am going to butcher this - so you should leave a comment clarifying it!) I THINK it was the story of after Jesus' Transfiguration. He has this powerful and amazing experience and when they were done and came down from the mountain a "certain man" came to him and asked Christ to heal his son. Now Jesus could have said "I am really tired, can you bring him back in the morning?" But he didn't. We ALL KNOW how patient the Savior was and how we want to be like him. But this is where Jamie applied it to her life (and mine)
Jamie pointed out the Infamous Nightly Bed Time Routine. No, not the part where you brush the teeth, read the books, say the prayers and tuck them in. The part AFTER that. When they GET BACK OUT and begin STALLING. (in our house it can be anything from "I'm hungry" to "Did we Brush our Teeth?" which of course we did) Jamie pointed out how she can be more like the Savior at these times. Not getting upset or impatient, but being like Christ and loving our kids.
This has CHANGED MY WORLD! I went from totally FRUSTRATED, even ANGRY at the amount of EXCUSES that were taking place to a new level of PEACE. NOW when Riley gets out of bed-- I honestly tell myself that the Savior would have been patient. He would not yell, or get angry. Even IF He was tired. I find myself snuggling her back into bed, even singing another lullaby. I find myself even being GRATEFUL sometimes that she LOVES ME enough to want to keep stalling to be with me a little longer! I remind myself of something that my Pediatrician told me about her coming in during the middle of the night, to sleep in my bed - He said "I wouldn't stop her, someday she won't do that any more and you will miss it" She IS going to GROW UP . Someday she may be a Moody Teenager who does not want anything to do with her Mom singing her bed time songs! (and being 4 going on 15 I think that day is sooner than I realize) I want to be sure that the LAST THING RILEY THINKS OF BEFORE FALLING ASLEEP is that HER MOMMY LOVES HER. I don't ever want her to go to bed sad, or wondering.
I am sure the Savior COULD think to Himself "Come on, Katie, I JUST sang you that lullaby, or fixed that problem, or blessed you, or comforted you, and you are BACK OUT OF BED AGAIN?" But he doesn't. He just says "Come unto me."