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Monday, April 12, 2010

Blessed by my quiver {Mama Braggin’ Monday}

You know, I love those moments when I can just sit back and witness my kids doing something on their own that I feel like I have worked so hard to teach them… and then to realize, it had nothing to do with me at all.

At lunch after church today Sarah really stepped up and displayed such a grown up and respectful attitude toward our waitress at the restaurant where we ate.  Without prompting even one time her speech was full of “Thank you,” “No, thanks,” and “Yes, please.” 

And it wasn’t just a forced response.  I could tell that her attitude was that of gratefulness and appreciation and that her speech was just over flowing from that heart attitude.  I could also tell that her attitude blessed our waitress.  And honestly, if I had my guess, she probably does not get treated as well from many adults who truly should know better.

As we walked to the car, I told her that her that it blessed me to see her interactions with our waitress.  She tried to say, “Well, you taught me well.” 

But I seriously I can’t take credit for this at all.  I explained that many parents try but the heart attitude is something that can’t necessarily be taught except by the Holy Spirit.  I simply told her that I appreciated her being sensitive to His leading and to those around her. 

It’s not a coincidence that my quiet time reading today was Psalm 127. 

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.  Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.  Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”

I am blessed by my full quiver.  They bless me every single day.  I can’t seem to brag on them and what God is doing in them enough.

How about you?


busylilgal said...

Amen! It is so wonderful when the Lord seems to bless me with that glimpse into our daughter's character that perhaps I wondered was there at times.

Just the other day our 10-year old completed a drawing class. I wanted to go and make sure she expressed her gratitude to the teacher for having the class, but before I could reach her, I saw her waiting patiently beside the table while her teacher talked with another student. I waited and then watched my daughter say, "thank you for having me in your class!" Oh, what joy that brought my heart!

Isn't God so good? :)

Your daughter sounds like a lovely young lady. :)

Donna @ Way More Homemade said...

Thank you. I do think she is turning into a lovely young lady. As is your daughter.

I feel so blessed to just be given those glimpses. It's like God is allowing us to see these moments as an encouragement that we're doing the right things and a reminder that He is truly at work in their lives.

Thanks for sharing.

Amanda said...

Amen sweet sister in Christ!! But truth be told, it was YOUR love and devotion to the King that gave your child the direction she needed... well done!


Wendy said...

Seeing those moments, or even hearing about them from another adult that witnesses them, are so precious to me. I agree, it's the Holy Spirit alive and at work in/through them, but you also do a wonderful job encouraging that sweet heart.

(And I love your Mama Braggin' Monday...would it be alright to join in?)