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Not Alone

Not Alone

I sighed as I walked into our living room and saw the mountain of clean clothes and towels covering the couch. Ten loads of laundry reminded me I wouldn’t be going to bed anytime soon.

How do five people make so much laundry in such a short time?

As I stared at the work ahead of me, my husband entered the room. Sensing my discouragement, he said, “Guess what? I’m with you and I’m going to help you. You don’t have to fold all of that alone.”

I smiled. Suddenly, I didn’t feel quite so overwhelmed.

Life is always better when a friend can help shoulder our burdens.

We can give that kind of encouragement to our kids, too, by assuring them:

  • I’m with

My youngest daughter is quite the introvert, so new situations can be very unsettling for her. Often, she asks me to face them with her, because sometimes, just knowing you’re not alone makes all the difference in the world.

Let’s give our kids the gift of our presence. Aside from facing scary situations with them, we can also cultivate our relationships by prioritizing one-on-one time, listening to whatever’s on their mind, and inviting them to join us as we go about our day-to-day lives.

  • I’ll help

Recently, I noticed my son feeling frustrated as he struggled to complete his chores. God reminded me of His nearness in every situation I encounter and prompted me to pick up a second broom and join my son in sweeping the walkway.

Let’s share life’s responsibilities with our kids. When we notice them feeling discouraged or overwhelmed, let’s ask what we can do to help and join them in whatever project they’re tackling.

  • I’m for

The day I realized God is for me, not against me, was a turning point in my life. Because of my relationship with Christ, God is always favorably inclined toward this daughter of His, regardless of my behavior. His love is constant, even when mine is not. He fights for me, walks with me, and welcomes me close every moment of every day.

Let’s ask God to help us show this kind of love to our kids. As He reveals His heart of grace to us and teaches us to rest in His love, we’ll grow in our ability to extend gracious love to our kids.

Let’s make sure they know we are on their team, that we believe in them and want them to succeed.

As parents, we have the privilege of modeling for our kids the companionship of Christ – God with us and in us and for us. By sharing their joys and struggles, we show them a heavenly Father who wants to walk with us in our everyday spaces, too – even when it means folding ten loads of laundry.

By: Meredith Mills is a wife and mother to three inquisitive, adventurous, fun-loving kids. She writes about resting in Christ and walking with Him in our everyday spaces at Connect with her on Instagram and Twitter @MeredithNMills and on Facebook as @MeredithNicoleMills.

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