Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Yarn Idols

"That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character." Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Princess had a tiny pink baby doll that she would not sleep without. "Baby Kaelee" went everywhere we went. Everywhere. The Xman had a blue stuffed elephant - "Ele." Both big kids were incredibly attached to their security object.
Peanut has no security object. I've bought several over the last few years in hopes of helping her learn to sleep longer stretches. She goes to bed every night with something different. Last night it was a tiny plastic cow she got as a prize at the dentist. This week she is carrying around a long piece of yarn. Everywhere we go. Since her security item/object changes every few days, we typically try to just ride it out. But I will confess dragging 5 feet of yarn around Aldi yesterday was a bit trying.

As we grow up, we tend to navigate from security objects to idols.
"When we become more enamored with the CREATED rather than the CREATOR, we are at risk of creating our own golden calves."
As mothers, I think our biggest risk is our children becoming our golden calves.
An idol is anything that becomes more important than God.
It's tough in a season of young children to keep those priorities in order - God, husband, children.
We have to be careful that enjoying, or serving, doesn't turn to worship.
There's a fine there isn't there? We all love our kids. We are all immensely proud of our kids. We all want our kids to have an extraordinary life. And let's face it, those kids are noisy. They are always needing something. Always. Like they want to eat 6 times a day? And never know where their favorite shirt is.
We have to create blank space on our calendar and PLAN to spend time with God. We have to put our spiritual growth first. Our relationship with Him first.
We have to model for our children that our security blanket/doll/item is Him.
Mama Warriors, "Until God's love is enough, nothing else will be." It's a lot of pressure for your children to be your "all." They feel it. If your worth is found in the kind of student, athlete, or kid you are raising - they feel it. Your worth has to be found in Him.
It's a hard switch to letting Him dominate your thoughts when your day is run by mom taxi duties, mom house duties, mom work duties. But I promise you, if you keep praying "Draw me closer to You." He will. And it will change the way you parent. It will change your marriage. When you line those 3 up in the right order, it will change your life.

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