I am tired. My toddler has been home 7 hours, and I'm counting the minutes until bed time (117 minutes to be exact).
Rooster was gone to his grandparents' house this week while my husband was at church camp, meaning Cupcake and I had the house to ourselves.
It was nice. I got A LOT of work done and even got a chance to do some serious blogging (although I didn't post a thing, so please forgive me!). I enjoyed caring for just one baby who mostly stays where you put her and isn't tall enough to drag all the toys off the shelf!
I forgot how fast toddlers were and how much energy they have and how loud they can be. I missed my boys like crazy, CRAZY! But I enjoyed the break from the constant noise and motion.
I often talk about what a blessing my children are, but it's not until one of those blessings spends a week away from home, that I am reminded how much work they can be! Day to day I get so used to the routine of caring for little ones, that I forget just how much patience and love it takes to get through the day.
Yes, my children bring me joy. They are the greatest ministry I have to offer the world, raising and teaching young disciples who will one day live and work in the kingdom of God.
But those blessings come with burdens. Messes to clean. Bottoms to wipe. Bruises. Cutting teeth. Crying. Fit throwing. Boundless energy. They demand my attention until I find myself beyond exhausted and just praying for bedtime (110 mins).
And yet, I'm reminded of what Jesus says in Mathew 5.
Blessed are poor in spirit...Blessed are they that mourn...Blessed are those who hunger and thirst.
Blessed are those who bear burdens from the Lord.
Sometimes our greatest blessings come in the form of burdens to be carried, to be loved, to be chased around the living room. The boundless energy of children requires boundless grace, boundless patience, and boundless love. It's a wearisome task, and yet the Lord does not leave us without His grace and his mercy. We can take hope in knowing that when we are weary with our blessings, God will carry our burdens.
"Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved." Psalm 55:22Lord, help me be more like you, slow to anger, abounding in love. Help me delight in these blessings and allow you to bear my burdens. In Jesus Name, Amen.