I sometimes receive the blessing... of holding someone's precious baby. I find myself staring at them thinking..." I cannot believe my kiddos were ever this little!"  But... I know they were.... I can recall when my biggest worries were sleepless nights.... explosive diapers and feeding times!

Then over the years.. how the worries evolved into... temper tantrums and throwing food.  Now...as my children become even older... and the worries have once again changed.... to sassy little mouths, a fight for their independence and video game and TV limits!!!  The preteen/ teen years bring even grander challenges of endless lists of expensive material items they would like to own (very soon if possible) guarding their eyes and ears and relentlessly convincing them that they really DO NOT know everything. 

 No matter what the age... what the challenges.... my heart always goes back to one focus.... their laughter... their smiles..... the special moments when I can be laying on the couch or in my room and hear the sound of their laughter and joy as they hear a funny joke or watch a funny clip on TV.

These are the moments to live for.... these are the moments that you will truly miss.... these are the moments God brings to fill your heart with joy in the midst of parenting woes.  Just as the first smile of a newborn brings to much joy and happiness to a parent..... someday... it will be the sound of their laughter.

As quickly as we sometimes forget.... children are a blessing... a gift from God.....  Children are a heritage from the LORD,  offspring a reward from him. Psalm 127: 3  Parenting is not always easy.... this is very true..... but if you stay focused on God's purpose for these precious lives..... this will be your reward!!  Enjoy this little poem God inspired in my heart!

The Laughter Down the Hall

A newly wedded couple.....
laying on their bed.....
remembering yesterday....
dreaming of whats ahead....

staring at the ceiling....
echos of silence fall....
as they hear the distant sound...
of laughter down the hall.....

Holding hands they pray....
that someday very soon....
God would fill their hearts....
by blessing his wife's womb....

10 months down the road....
laying in that same bed....
comes the very sound....
they had come to dread.....

a tiny little screeching....
echoes down the hall....
giving not a care to the time at all.....

Tired and exhausted ......
they fulfill their call....
for someday they will hear...
the sound of laughter down the hall...

10 more years shall pass them......
their babies all grown up.....
instead of tears of hunger.....
they are hearing..."mom... make him shut up!"

The laundry is never done....
and there is a mess in every room....
with one hand she stirs a pot....
with another pushes a broom.....

When the clock strikes 10:00...
into bed she and her husband fall....
but  through the exhaustion.... smile.....
as they hear the laughter down the hall....

10 more years shall pass them....
their babies have grown and moved away.....
It almost seemed impossible....
they would ever see this day.....

Laying in their bed.....
they feel the tender tears begin to fall.....
As through the unwelcomed silence....
they still hear the laughter down the hall....

that very precious sound.....
the music to their ears....
the sound that brought them comfort....
for so very many years.....

Growing old together....
there is no sweeter memory they can recall....
than laying in each other's arms....
listening to the laughter down the hall.....

Don't wish it all away......
for a full night of sleep....
or pray the years will pass quickly....
so your free time you may keep....

For as you blink your eyes....
this will become your past.....
So pray for each precious moment....
In your heart to always last....



 


Comments

02/08/2017 1:15am

Parents are also human. I can see that there are days that my parents also get tired and exhausted. I think you should regularly unwind and take a break. It is important that you laugh and enjoy every single moment with your kids.

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