See that little flash of orneriness right there. Yeah, the one running away from me in the little sailor dress. That’s my baby. Baby number two to be more specific. Big sis did not want to get in on the picture taking on that fine Sunday morning.
So I snapped a picture of her anyway. I kind of had to. Big sis wearing a dress I use to wear at that age and little sis wearing another dress of mine…classic mama vintage!
These girls fill my heart with joy. I know you don’t want to base your whole identity on that of your children, but I get how easy it can be. These little ladies have shaped my identity in a big way. Becoming a mother, taking on the responsibility of raising little human beings and directing them towards the Lord is a big deal. And then, the part that comes later. The part that seems a long, long, LONG, time a way, but I’m sure is sneaking up on me all too quickly. The part of releasing them. Of realizing they were never MINE, but always HIS. My heart squeezes tight and my hands want to hold on even tighter as I think about it. There is a peace ad comfort knowing that He is in control and and has such wonderful plans for their lives. And then there is the ever nagging anxiety knowing that I don’t have control! I can’t keep them little forever, I can’t make their decisions for them, I can’t protect them from every hurt no matter how much I want to.
But I can direct them towards His goodness and love, and rest in the knowledge that wherever they go, no matter how far, Christ will ALWAYS be with them. I can be a light in our own home and encourage them to shine brightly for Christ wherever they go, because He will always go with them.
This Mother’s day we will be celebrating in Uganda. I’ll be with my babies, and hopefully be getting some special Mother’s Day treatment! My mom will be back in the U.S. (though I’m sure we’ll Skype that day!) and hopefully be getting some special mother’s day treatment from my siblings. I’m sure it only took her a blink of an eye, but somehow in the midst of that blink I grew up, got married, had babies, and am now moving to Uganda on a three year service term. I didn’t stay little forever and she didn’t control everything I did. What she DID do was direct me towards His love and the desire to serve Him. Though the distance is far, she knows who goes before me and stands behind me, no matter how far the distance, or how hard the miles apart are. She has shown me how to shine brightly and be a light for Him.
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