This post is part of a month-long series. You can read the rest here. I love this picture of my two oldest kids. They seem like best buddies here. Sometimes they are! Sometimes.
It’s too easy to think of how Mom feeling tired all the time might affect them in negative ways. No parent ever wants her kids to feel shortchanged because of her own shortcomings, and yet, we all know it happens. That’s why our kids are at (or very near) the top of my list every day for reasons to do the things that feel hard.
But I see something good developing in my kids because of how I’m feeling – not in spite of it! My son covered me with a blanket and gave me a kiss the other night while I lay on the couch. No one asked him to help me. He just thought Mom needed to be cared for. My daughter randomly rubs my back when she thinks I’m tired and prays for me to feel better at bedtime.
I pray that compassion blooms into a defining character trait for each of them. This is how our God works: He takes what seems ugly and uses it to make beautiful things.