Lately, I've come to realize more now than ever before that my kids are growing up. As I've been preparing for our new homeschool year recently... which starts TODAY, by the way... I don't have littles any more. Even if I call them that from time to time. I've got big, independent, on-their-way-to-being-grown kids!
It's become increasingly aware to me. Which makes me happy about the people they are turning out to be, but it makes me all the more aware about how much I want to teach them before they leave the nest.
I want to instill in them a love of God.... because this world is waiting to snuff that out.
I want to instill in them a love of family... because there is great brokenness around us.
I want instill in them a desire to work... because there are too many that have no desire.
I want to instill in them a desire to learn... because you can never know enough.
I want to see them able to stand on their own feet. To not give into "social" normalcy. To stand for what is right no matter if the world tells us that it's wrong. I want to see them succeed, in God's eyes... not man.
I have one child that is grown and I could not be more thankful for what a special young woman she is... but our work is still not finished. Parents, we need to encourage growth. We need to discourage complacency. To give courage and push them to be more than they ever thought they could be.
Teach them to love.
Teach them to give sacrificially.
Teach them to learn.
Teach them to continue to grow.
This morning as I prepare for our first day of homeschool for the year, I'll be on my face before Almighty God... through tears and a humble spirit, I am thanking Him for this opportunity. Thanking Him for entrusting these lives with me and begging Him to give me all the traits and more that I wish to pass along to these precious ones under my wings.