They’re only little once

Yesterday was a very trying day for me.  There really must have been something in the water, because all three kids (Kaleah, Kiara, and Nia) were acting crazy.  For some reason none of them wanted to listen.  In fact, I even got a few NO’s.  As they tried my patience time and again I began to loose sight of what is truly important…  I love them!

I found myself getting frustrated and annoyed at them rather than being patient and understanding.  Later that evening I had a thought, ‘What if there was no tomorrow?’  Wow-if there was no tomorrow, that is pretty intense.  Would I be happy with how I lived today?  Unfortunately my answer was no.  We often loose sight on the fact we are not guaranteed tomorrow; and do things today with the assumption that tomorrow will come.   For me I let my emotions get the best of me and was not fully present in every moment.   

I found this prayer for parents about their young children.  It reminds us all to appriciate every momment with them, and realize that they are only little once.        

A Parents’ Prayer

They’re only little once.

Grant me the wisdom to guide them down the path that their feet should take.

For I know that they can never turn back and walk those paths with me again.

Give me the wisdom to guide their feet
so that someday they’ll be able to walk alone.

They’re only little once.

Give me the time I need to enjoy them.

For I know that after they’re grown, I’ll never have another chance

to tell stories and pretend at those tea parties.

I’ll never have another chance

to watch them in a school play or sing in church, or to see them catch that first fish or score that first goal or hit that first home run ball.

Give me the time in life’s busy schedule
to have fun with my children.

They’re only little once.

Let me be a loving parent.

Let me correct and not just punish, explain and not merely scold.

Let me know when to correct, and how often, and when it’s best to just look the other way.

Help me be patient and give me a gentle hand to mould them into better people.

They’re only little once.

Let me be a good teacher and an even better example.

Give me the right words and deeds to teach them.

Help me to teach them about You and how to walk in Your ways

so that when they are old they will not depart from Your ways.

For they’re only little one time,

only innocent and trusting and pliable for a space of time, one minute in an eternity.

Let me do my best for them while I have the chance.


~~ Author Unknown ~~     

Remember to be present in every moment.  Much love, Reneca        


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