07 August 2012

me, my kid, and God.

Yesterday afternoon, as my kids entered into what some might call "the witching hour" 
(aka the time of day they lose their minds), my five year old shouted,
"This is the baddest day of my whole life!"
I think I'd told him that he couldn't play with the iPad. The horror.
After his time out, he wanted to join me on our teeny little deck outside the kitchen, which I was sweeping.
I asked him to stay inside so I could just finish up, but he could watch me from the window.
"Don't you know that mamas are supposed to be good to their kids?"
Where does he get his flair for drama? It's so mysterious.

Those are just two examples of the attitude he gave me throughout the afternoon.
His little brothers have started saying, "It's not fair!" at random times throughout the day 
because they hear him saying it all. the. time.
I don't want you to think he's a bad kid, because he is an absolute joy 95% of the time.
At least before 4pm.
But here is how the baddest day of his whole life actually went:
he got to go on a coffee/hot chocolate date all alone with me in the morning.
then he went to superhero camp with his best friend.
he came home to a tasty lunch.
we colored together at the dining room table.
we played soccer in the backyard and crazy chasing games all afternoon.
he watched his favorite show.
we ordered pizza for dinner and I made blackberry crisp and there were no vegetables involved.

So when he told me how awful his life was, we had a little talk about gratitude.
And it made me realize something.

This is me and God.
How often do I throw little fits about what I think I deserve but I'm not getting?
My mind is filled with thoughts of what I'm entitled to just because I'm me.
And when I am so focused on what I don't have, what's not going my way,
I am blind to the beauty and blessings that are abundant in my life.
Everything is a gift.
It might not always feel that way, and that's okay.
But I wonder if God is looking at me, somewhat amused, as I navigate through this with Lute.
I wonder if He sometimes wants to say,
"Open your eyes. Your life is full of good things."
Because it really is.
I love Lute with all my heart and God loves me (and you) infinitely more than that.
So today, as I say a little prayer for Him to help me through the ups and downs with these sweet little rascals, 
I also ask for eyes to see the goodness all around, and for a grateful heart.

Linking up with my girl Jami today for We Encourage. Will you join us?


  1. So true. My goodness. I think I threw that same four year old fit myself yesterday.

  2. I love, love, love this post. It made me laugh. But it also was such a good reflection. You are lovely, and I mean that in the least creepy of ways possible.

  3. ok first, his day sounds really horrible! You should be ashamed.
    Second, My 9 year old told me his whole life is miserable the other day. I made him write out a list of all the miserable things... He came up with 2, "Everyone is mean to me." and " I'm always in trouble." Who's says girls are the dramatic ones?
    And third, you are right on. I'm amazed at the sense of entitlement I feel sometimes. Lack of gratitude is the worst. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. Loved this post, and oh, how I am there throwing those fits. What a blessing to have this reflection of how God may look down on us! Thanks for sharing, and blessing me! xo Heather

  5. Such a great post. I've been fighting with gratefulness lately in multiple place in my life and this post really helped me zero in on what I need to do about it. Thank you so much for sharing this story.

  6. I loved this post. I have never looked at those situations like that. I always tell my kids they should be grateful for what they have, I never looked at it through God's eyes about us. Thank you for this post, it was a great reminder for me.

  7. right on friend. i def have been that way. God is def working on me right now, and this is one of the things Hes trying to make clear to me, is how much i DO take for granted. gosh we are blessed!! ahh! anyways. i love your heart as always. PS hes so cute. also, we def need some superhero camp pics!!!!

  8. Right when you said "it made me realize something..." oh I knew what was coming - funny what kiddos can teach us...well, I guess the Lord teaches us through kids...hey, at least you have a soft heart and you're open to correction. Good post today.

  9. Nothing like a lil ones temper tantrum to remind us of what we are all made of.

  10. I just found your blog today and this post could not have been more appropriate for me at this time. I had this exact same conversation with my friend last night about how I forget to see the good and all God has done because He isn't doing what I think He should. Thanks for sharing!

  11. we're having a rough week here andit's so easy for me to take on Lute's attitude. Thanks for the reminder.

  12. What a great analogy. It's so easy to lose sight of how darned blessed we are! Thanks for the reminder! :)

  13. Thanks for this. I actually really needed to see this today.