Dutiful or Delighted?

I have a photo frame that says "Anyone can be a mother, but it takes someone special to be a mom." This makes me think of the dutiful moms and dads...on time, consistent, reliable. Lunches prepared, bags packed, right there waiting in line outside the school.  They are the trustworthy field trip paperwork filers, the dependable snack stockers, the timely gift wrappers. 

Being dutiful is a form of love - in fact, a great form.  So much can be said for the stability and reliability that's being modeled.  But... Sometimes as time passes and the newness and excitement of the first years wears off, and a few temper tantrums and boundary testings later, the good morning gleam gets fainter, the good night twinkle just a little dimmer. 

Just when we think our kids have officially traded in their parents for their peers and couldn't possibly care about or need our affirmation, that's when they need it the most. So stay excited - stay delighted - moms!  Continue to celebrate - be moved emotionally by - their wins, big and small. Notice and appreciate the good in  them everyday, wake them up with a cheerful smile or silly song, be excited for their opportunities to spend time doing what they love. Really, its not so much what you do, but how you do it - with a twinkle in your eye and a glow in your heart.  

Let's stay dutiful...but also bless our children with our delight too. 

Philippians 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. 

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