Kids Are Like Sponges
By melanie jean juneau on July 07, 2012
People say that children are like sponges; they absorb values, attitudes, culture and spirituality simply through osmosis. It is not simply a question of parent's actions speaking louder than their words; it goes deeper than that . Both my husband and I were often unaware of the deep spirituality that flowed from our children to us as well as from us as parents to our offspring. For example, I was rocking newborn Mara, one afternoon, while eighteen month -old Melissa sat on her Dad's knee, slowly waking up from a long nap. The topic of discussion for the last hour had been, ''How on earth can we manage to get to church as a family with three little ones, all on different schedules?" Every choice of service or church had some complication or difficulty that seemed insurmountable. It seemed an impossible situation and I resigned myself to simply staying at home on Sundays for the time being.
.For example after the birth of Lucy, my ninth child, I was growing weary of church people's praise and awe. They'd gush, "Oh, you must have so much grace!"
I was aware of my egocentric position and I wanted to shout, "No, it's just tea and me!" Meaning that ,in my opinion, it was caffeine and self drive that kept me going.
Out of the blue, as I was rocking my newborn I heard crystal clear,"You don't have a clue how much grace you have."I used to try so hard to be a good Christian parent but as I give up my earnest striving, let go of control and allowed God to save me through His presence in my children, I experience His mercy and JOY. My three or four oldest children bore the brunt of my earnest mission to raise my children in the faith. I over explained everything. For example, as Matthew was preparing for first communion, I outlined the kinds of prayer to him -petition, thanksgiving, adoration, praise... In frustration this seven-year old sighed, slumped his shoulders and stated, "Mum, I do all that; I just don't use all those words."
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