Because I have eight children, it is hard to get quality time alone with each one. I try to find opportunities for one-on-one time by taking a child with me when I run an errand or have a day of grocery shopping. It might not be the most exciting thing, but it gives us special time together. I try to make it more fun by inserting a treat into the day here and there. With such a large family going out to eat is a rarity, so I usually buy them lunch. The bins at the WinCo store have great candy so I might let them pick out a few pieces. For my ones that love Starbucks like their Mommy does, we might stop for a “coffee break.”
It does get a little frustrating though, because a lot of the time as our day together goes on, the children start to expect a treat every time I turn around. Which, then of course means we get to have a conversation about gratefulness and contentment! When I get to spend time with my children I want it to be about building our relationship and getting to know each other better, not just about what I can give them.
I love getting to spend quiet time with my heavenly Father. When I do get time to be still and pray, I want to make sure I am not just asking for blessings for myself, which honestly mostly have to do with material things that He has already promised through the Bible that He will provide. I would rather spend time worshiping who He is and getting to know Him better.
If I am crying out like a toddler, “More, more!” I would rather it be for more respect for my husband, more love and patience with my children, more love for my fellow human beings, and for more of Jesus in my life.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:25 & 6:32-33