We reach high and gently bring down the delicate china. We carefully wash away the dust that has made its self at home. We then lay our slices of cheese cake upon the saucers and fill our cups with coffee (de-caff).
Bailie and I then sit down to enjoy a special mother and daughter time.
I long after my children's hearts. For how can I expect them to listen to my heart if I don't have theirs?
The bible tells us that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45b), so we allow for lots of time to talk. Here are few ways that we have found to search deep into our children's hearts.
- We have been making our way through this treasure of a book and its companion guide. It is full of rich information for a girl in her tween years. It is a wonderful conversation starter and allows time for mom to listen to her daughter and also give wise council. In a few years we plan to read this book and this one.
- I try not to go anywhere alone. I used to get very excited when I was able to run an errand all by myself...but now I use that time as an opportunity to bring someone along for a special time with just mom and baby of course. This allows time for just talking about things that are on their hearts. Things that I want them to be able to tell me.
- Now that Bailie is getting older, we have started to let her stay up with us at least one night a week. We either sit on the bed and talk or read another chapter in our book. Sometimes it's just a good cuddle time. Last night we used that time for a coffee party. But it is special to her because she gets moms undivided attention, as long as baby is asleep. :)
- One benefit of educating at home is that I get to spend lots of time with my children. We have lots of time to talk...although not always without interruptions. I want my children to feel they can talk to us about anything and everything. To share their desires and longings.
- When we read God's word together it always stirs up conversations. Areas that we can make applicable in their little lives. A way that we can relate God's heart to them.