Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Leilani Lesson number 16

Sometimes everything Leilani does is frustrating. Everything that I need to do must get done Now, and she would rather step on my projects, cry till I hold her and throw my folded laundry around the room. Impatience is rising, I begin to feel overwhelmed and start to speak without kindness. Then I put down what I am doing, push it away instead of her, and focus on the little person who wants my attention so badly. Suddenly, the sunshine breaks through, life is beautiful, the stress is gone and my toddler is a happy, affectionate little person again. Sometimes Always, hugs and fish lips are more important than folding laundry and cleaning the kitchen.What are happy childhoods made of? Clean rooms and swept floors, or always open arms for hugs, and the focused attention of a loving mother?

"But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42)

We need to put down everything that doesn't make sense, everything that stresses, bothers, overwhelms and concerns, and choose the "good part;" sitting at the feet of Jesus. The sun will break through, the unimportant will fade away, and we will gain that "which shall not be taken away" from us.

Put something or somethings down with me today won't you? Pick up your Bible (and your toddler), Abide with Him, and you will not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8)


  1. What a beautiful post, Ruth! This is something I needed to hear. :) Thank you and Leilani for this important reminder.

  2. That's my girl. So beautiful. You are building a home filled with love.


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