By Eren Mckay
Filed under Good Parenting Skills
When I saw this picture the other day I was very touched. I immediately felt that it had a deeper meaning. And so I just looked at it for a little to discover why it was that it touched me so…
Take a moment to look at this picture and think about what it means to you:
Each person will feel and think different things when they ponder it. After I looked at it for a while, it came to my conscious mind that it is a symbol of how I view my calling as a mother and homemaker.
Each button represents everyday tasks I perform as a parent.
Small acts of kindness…
The thread that ties the buttons together represents what unites all of my actions- the ever present reason for everything- the love that I have for them.
And all of the buttons thread together form a beautiful heart.
The heart represents each child. There’s a quote that says…
Having children is like having your beating heart walking on the outside of your body.
And that describes so well what I feel for my boys. I’m sure if you’re a parent, you feel the same way.
Each time you wash the dishes, read them a story, pack a lunch or iron your children’s shirts you are adding one more button to the heart. You are building them up.
The ministry of mothering is a very fulfilling one. As mothers we pay attention to small things and these are what fills our hearts. Maria from Conversations with Moms wrote a post about simple things that make her proud as a mom. Focusing on those results like Maria did really encourages us as parents.
Nurturing our children brings forth character and other fruit in their lives. We can’t physically see the results of all of our acts but we know that they are being built up spiritually. Parenting is a much higher calling than achieving any material goal. You are completing the wonderful ministry that God has placed in your life.
Visualizing this heart really encourages me as a parent. Does it encourage you? What thoughts come to your mind with this image?Please share in the comment section below.
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