The time I spend with my son is priceless. From the trips to the zoo or our backyard adventures, I cherish every moment. But as the mother of a 3-year-old, it goes without saying, I spend a lot of my time reminding our son of what is right and what is not acceptable.
I have to remind him of why he is being disciplined and how very much he is loved. I daily remind him to say please and thank you and yes ma’am or no ma’am. Then there are the reminders to share his toys, obey his parents, and not throw things in the house. (And these are just a few of the daily reminders 🙂 )
I must admit, sometimes I call this the “training is draining” stage. Although I did find it a bit humorous the other day as I was reminding him not to tattle, because as an only child, he kept tattling on our dog, Fisher.
The definition of “remind” according to Merriam-Webster dictionary is: “To make someone think about something again.”
As my husband and I spend time with our son, reminders are inevitable. We desire for him to grow and mature and understand the blessings of obedience. To be honest, it takes a lot of effort many days and is a bit challenging to have to give constant reminders. But as time progresses we are starting to see snippets of these efforts taking root in his life, and so we will continue to press on.
Our hearts’ desire is to seek to remind him daily of the biblical truths of respect and obedience, kindness and honesty, as well as, helping him understand the importance of a thankful heart, the beauty of forgiveness and grace and love and trust in his Heavenly Father.
I have come to understand that I am in daily need of these reminders also.
As I trudge through difficult days, insecurities, bad attitudes, exhaustion and fears of failure as a mom, I have been reminded of my need for daily interaction with my Heavenly Father. I long for him to remind me of who I am in Christ, as I seek to remind my son of these same truths.
While reading scripture the other morning (and struggling with my own fears and lack of trust) 2 Peter 3:1 jumped out at me. It says, “I (Peter) have written both of these letters to you AS REMINDERS to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.” NIV
As I pondered this verse, I loved how Peter longed to “stimulate us to wholesome thinking.” Just like we remind our children, he was writing to remind us of who we are in Christ.
I decided to go back and read these two short books of the bible to see what “reminders” Peter was giving us. I will list a few for you that I took away, but challenge you to go and read them for yourself and see what the Lord would like to remind you of. (I can assure you there are quite a few reminders in these two short books!)
- Reminder that grace and peace are ours in abundance. (1Peter 1:2 and 2 Peter 1:2)
- Reminder of things we should get rid of in our lives. (1 Peter 2:1)
- Reminder of how I should act when insulted. (1 Peter 2:23)
- Reminder of how I should be toward my husband. (1 Peter 3:1)
- Reminder of where true beauty comes from. (1 Peter 3:3)
- Reminder to be clear-minded and self-controlled so I can pray. (1 Peter 4:7)
- Reminder of what I should do with my anxiety. (1 Peter 5:6-7)
- Reminder of what I should add to my faith. (2 Peter 1:5-8)
- Reminder that I should grow in grace and knowledge of my Heavenly Father. (2 Peter 3:18)
I found these two books both refreshing and convicting. I was reminded of so many things that my Heavenly Father desires of my life and the beauty and joy of his patience and love for me.
It was a great reminder to me, as a mom, that we are on a journey in parenting. It takes effort and grace, love and patience, discipline and prayer and time with our Heavenly Father as we seek to daily remind our children of who they are in Christ also.
Be encouraged, moms. God’s Word is full of beautiful reminders for us to use as we strive to parent these adorable little gifts that He has entrusted to us. Breathe, take it one day at a time, and know that you are loved and given grace just as you love and give grace daily to your little ones.
Father, thank you for the beauty of Your Word and the reminders you give us daily as we seek You to guide our children.
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