I can probably count on two hands how many times Allie has slept past 7 in the past year, maybe two years. She is my early riser and I can't fault her for it, since she gets it from me. She just always tells me, "I'm not tired!" I've tried many things to get her to sleep later and now I'm constantly telling her to go to the playroom and be quiet until someone else wakes up. That doesn't work, either. Anyway, I wasn't surprised when she was up at 6:20. I was awake, too, so we went downstairs to start our day.
We decided to wrap up in a blanket and sit on the porch to admire the sunrise. As we snuggled outside, enjoying the beauty of a quiet morning, Allie asked me, "Mommy, how did God make outsides?" That kid just melts my heart! It was not only an adorable question, but it was yet another opportunity to share with my sweet daughter about God's greatness. His incredible power to create from nothing by simply speaking is just mind-boggling. Then I said a simple prayer aloud, thanking God for His power and creativity.
Do you take those opportunities with your children? When they ask a simple question, do you take to time to once again share God's truth? Those quiet moments can be so influential to their hearts. It's not a sunday school lesson, just a quick moment when we get to tell our impressionable children of God's goodness.
And even I've been guilty of thinking my job as "Mom" can be a bit boring or just simply made up of being everyone's personal servant, merely filling everyone's physical needs. That's only my masquerade - it's what gets me in the door. My REAL job is pointing my children (and anyone else who will hear me) to our Savior. Pretty good gig, I'd say!