God does not give me a pass because I have had ten children, no, but He does give me wisdom, strength and much grace and mercy. I find myself seeking him often, sometimes several times a day for discernment and joy, for I know I can NOT do this by myself. This week we allowed two more of our second generation of children to participate in a (FCA) sports camp leaving me with just a few at home to nurture and train.
What a joy and a pleasure it has been to look in these little guys faces each day this week, conversing with them and kissing on them. I "want" to know them. I am grateful for the opportunity to do ABC's and 123's with them. Our week has been full as is my heart unto the Lord for his goodness and his grace.
I have also had the joy of watching our first generation of children do life independently this week as they have been busy at work, volunteering and participating in football camps. It was once said to us that we should spend at least 15 minutes talking to each child, each day. This practice has been a great investment. Now, they regularly come to me with the days events, I just love these talks! My greatest hope is that when my task of training them comes to an end, each one will choose to have a lifelong relationship with me, with us. "She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed..." Proverbs 31:
What about you...what is your greatest hope as a mother?