Just about two weeks ago, Casiday began her senior year. And while I promise I’m not going to spend the next nine months waxing poetic about having a senior, there are a few things I want to say — mostly as a reminder to myself — as this year begins.
On Long Days and Short Years: 3 Things All Moms Need to Remember
I’ve heard it said many times, “The days are long but the years are short.” I don’t know that I really grasped how much truth is in those words until the past few years.
I can close my eyes and see as clear as anything that little three-year-old girl wearing the chambray dress with ABCs on the collar, blue princess backpack bigger than she was, walking into the classroom at Brunswick Christian Academy. That day, I would have sworn we still had all the time in the world.
But I have learned a few lessons that might be encouraging to those of you who are just a little bit (or even a lot) behind me on the parenting journey. And they may be reminders some who are with me (or even a little bit ahead of me) may find helpful as well.
Remember you’re doing holy work.
I think sometimes we forget how important our role is as moms, especially on the long days, when all we really want is adult conversation or six hours of uninterrupted sleep. But I want you to remember you are doing Kingdom work as you parent. Whether it’s holding a sick baby or disciplining a strong-willed tween, what you are doing matters! You are guiding your babies to see the work of the Heavenly Father.
Resist the urge to rush.
Here’s what I know, there are lots of ways we rush in our world. And, as a mom, there have been many times when I’ve rushed my child to finish an activity or get into the car. But there’s a gift in slowing down and it’s one our children need — and we need too. Teach your children to value of rest and simply being present. It’s a lesson they won’t forget and one they will desperately need as they get older.
Remind yourself parenting is a process.
And it isn’t your child who is in process — so are you! Sometimes we recognize the process happening in our daughters’ lives but we forget that our Father is still doing a work in us. Paul reminds us of this important truth in Philippians 1:6—
I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (CSB)
Sweet mom friend, whatever season of parenting you are in, I hope you know this—the days can be really long but the years really are short. One of the decisions I made before Casiday was born was this: to cherish the past, to enjoy the present, and to embrace the future. I challenge you to do the same!The days are long but the years are short. 3 lessons all moms need to remember. Click To Tweet
What is a lesson you’ve learned as a parent?