Let’s talk about toddlers for a minute. For the record, we have two of them in the house now: one two-year old and one almost three-year old. They’re so adorable and sweet! Except when they’re not. And then sometimes they’re like Satan incarnate. Think that’s a little strong? Maybe you don’t have kids.
Being a mommy is so rewarding most of the time so I don’t mean to put a terrible spin on it. We wouldn’t change our lives for the world. Our kids are such amazing blessings entrusted to us by God. But some days are harder than others. Some days, you think if you hear “No!” one more time, then you just might shove a fork into your ear, just to hear a different sound. Some days, when your toddler, who should more accurately be called “the one that never sleeps,” has taken on Whinese as their second language, you tend to forget how precious this gift that you’ve been given is.
This week I heard something on a Christian radio show that reeled me back in. The man speaking said something about how parenting little ones means the days are long and the years are short. In the few quick years I’ve been a parent, I can attest to that as true. This reminded me to try to treasure even the hard times because this time is so fleeting.
Then he said something even more profound. He said that as a parent of a toddler, we will never again doubt God’s love for us. Why? Because we love these sinful little creatures in all their sinning glory. We can’t NOT love them. We just can’t. And imagine this… God’s love for us is infinitely greater than that!
He watches us every day, screwing up with the best of them. He sees us doing things that must frustrate Him to no end, things we know are wrong. But He loves us still. He can’t NOT love us. Wow. Think about that for a second. Talk about an amazing gift!
So remember that God loves you today. He loves you no matter what you do. He is merciful and He is good, even when we aren’t. And if you’re a parent, try to stop and remember just how beautiful this gift He has given you is. Even if they did just run to their room screaming because you didn’t let them watch the Hakuna Matata video on Youtube for a fourth time. Have mercy and be appreciative.
Maybe even make them this delicious lunch! It’s a yummy, gooey take on an old favorite. Make it for them even if they don’t deserve it! Because God gives us so much more than we deserve over and over again. Have a wonderful and blessed weekend everyone!
Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
Two slices bread (we used the English Muffin Bread we posted recently because it gets crusty and delicious)
Peanut Butter with honey spread
Organic strawberry jelly
- Heat a pan or griddle to medium heat. Butter one side of each piece of bread.
- Spread peanut butter on the other side of one slice and jelly on the other slice.
- Put ’em together, butter side down on the hot pan. Heat until browned and crispy on the first side. Flip it.
- Heat that side until it’s browned and the insides of the sandwich are gooey and irresistible.
Source: Kids in the Sink original