Since finishing school in February I have decided to start doing a number of things. I am learning how to decorate cakes, I have learned how to make some pretty great hair bows for the girls, and I am taking the time to read, for pleasure. I have found that I have many “favorite” authors and while asking around about books to read, a good friend told me about a new children’s book. Let Me Hold You Longer by Karen Kingsbury and it is a wonderful read! The author realized at one simple moment in her life that her children were growing too fast and (as all parents do) we celebrate the “firsts” in our children’s lives while we often overlook the just as important “lasts”. I have read it and reread it as well as shared it with Steven and the kids. Through tears (not just mine, the girls see the value of this book as well) and smiles we have looked back at moments we will never see again… It hit me hard as I read this book to Landri, my youngest, that she IS my last. I never dreamed it at the time she was born as I knew at that moment that there would be at least one more. I look at her and see how much she has grown and changed in a short four and a half years and the last sentence in that book sounds in my mind! “Let me hold on longer, God, to every precious last.”
I am blessed to have the family that I have. I am blessed that they are healthy and happy! In this world that we currently exist in, I find it more and more difficult to find the right way to teach the kids about the life they should live. The way to show them that they are here and have the gift of eternal life because Jesus died for OUR sins is a harder lesson to teach as this world changes almost before our eyes to even more less than perfect. Material things supersede what is truly important at times; we are tempted as humans to give in to our flesh. In Deuteronomy we are shown the importance of leading our family in the right direction.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children.” Deuteronomy 6:4-5
So while I may not recognize the “lasts” in our lives as they occur, I do appreciate the importance of instilling God’s word in the hearts of our children. And I am thankful to Him that I can look back and reflect on the many special lasts that we have already experienced. By His grace my children will appreciate His word and learn to be thankful to Him as their lives move along so quickly…