My mother used to say this often when she spoke to women at christian conferences.
'We have 3 children, and they keep us happy, humble and poor!'...
I know for a fact that all 3 of those things were true. We had a lot of laughter in our home growing up. We also never had a lot of money, but always a lot of fun! And finally... the humble part probably came many times from the raising of 'me'.
She also said many times that what happened to me, or my sister or brother, was for THEM as well. Our experiences and pitfalls brought my mom and dad to new places of faith, and caused them to 'dig deeper' in their own lives, and to pray with greater depth and need.
It was the same for Joe and I as we raised our own 3... God uses our families to teach us His ways!
Amen??? If you can't say amen to that, you don't have kids, or relatives... :)
Lessons in patience, trust, forgiveness, kindness and on and on.
He also uses them to teach us about love.
There is no more unconditional love than that of a parent for their children. It was all designed by God, He set the standard and it was His plan.
God's only son, Jesus... sent by his Father, the ultimate sacrifice of a parent. For us. Unconditional love.
It was impossible for the bar to be set any higher.
So, as we raise our kids, and many of us now watching and praying for our grandkids, remember that each circumstance and trial is teaching US as it teaches them. We are digging deeper.
The snapshot above was my sister and brother and I, during the very days that we were busy keeping my parents...