Last week an old college acquaintance suddenly passed away and a friend's father passed away. Death always makes you stop and think. Jacob and I were both raised in church and we were raised to pray before meals thanking God for the many blessings He has given us. It's funny how life can catch up with you and God gets put on the back burner.
Every evening I have the boys each pick a book to read before bed. One night last week Logan brought me their Children's Bible which is full of bible stories and said, "Mom, we haven't read this in a while." He was right. So, we started again from the very beginning and made a deal to read one bible story every evening before bed along with two books that the boys pick out. The boys, Logan especially, liked this idea. Jacob and I talked and we are going to start praying before dinner and also teach the boys to not only pray but to be thankful for all they have.
Last week was like a wake up call. We aren't kids anymore and we're raising three beautiful children. I AM thankful for these three little blessing and even more thankful that they are healthy and happy. Sure, there are medical issues but nothing life threatening. We need to remember to thankful every day because things could have easily been different. We want our children to grow up in church like we did and we want them know God. I want to raise them to be thankful, to be giving and caring, and I want them to have that sense of peace and comfort when some one they know is called home or when life just doesn't seem fair. My grandfather passed away over a year ago and Logan still talks about him quite a bit. He always, "I'll see Great Grandpa Jack someday when I get to heaven."
Life is a journey--and I want my children's journey to be beautiful!