I’m in Minnesota now for a couple of weeks of well needed rest. I’m hanging out with my daughter Lily. She’s seven and she’s a blast. I work about six hours each morning, then play the rest of the day with her.
Yes, some things won’t get done. Yes, I won’t get some of my actions steps delivered in the timeline I’d like.
Yet, I have learned a few things over the years of parenting. Something I wished I would have learned when my two older children were seven…summers go by too quickly and kids grow up too fast.
Sometimes the most life happens when you slow down.
Yeah. Had to stop for that.
As I held her, I asked the question, “Lily? What’s your big dream?”
Then I got a glimpse into her precious, little heart.
I promised not to share the details. (Mom, you can’t put this on Facebook, okay?)
First, I found out what a a big Sci-fi fan like her mom. Our fav show being Doctor Who. (Yes, I guard what she watches.)
Secondly, I got to see that there is a little heart of justice rising up. She wants to fight bad guys. The seeds of a little warrior princess are being sewn. (Here is some of that exchange…)
Lily: Mom? Why does Doctor Who always want to help the bad guys?
Mom: Well honey, he thinks that everyone needs grace and mercy. He’s like Jesus in that way. He always gives them a chance and a choice.
Lily: That’s a lot of work, isn’t it Mom?
Mom: Yep. It’s a lot harder than just giving up on them.
Lily: Jesus must think they’re worth it.
Mom: Yep. He does.
It’s in these times when I realize how my Heavenly Father feels.
How he delights when we crawl up into his lap and say, “Daddy, I want to be loved on.”
How he adores it when we share our big dreams with him.
And how much he wants to see them come to life and maturity in us. The desires of our hearts…living out in us, through us, and for the Kingdom of God.
Sometimes the most amount of life happens when you slow down…
Have you crawled up into his lap lately?