Thursday, June 4, 2009
Although we try to minimize the times we discuss money in front of the children, such discussions do fall upon their ears every now and then. Today must have been one of them. While I was prepared to cancel a couple of personal appointments, "Kathy" appointments, my husband said, "No, this is how we can do it!" (Thank you sweetheart.)
As I prepared to leave for my first appointment I went into our bedroom to retrieve shoes and noticed my cover was pulled back. The tell-tale sign! Because it was quiet time at our house I thought that one of the kids had started their quiet time in our room. While re-adjusting the covers I found this note under my pillow:
Dear Mom and Dad,
The Lord just told me to give you some of my money. Love, Bethany
I collected my sixteen cents and went straight to her room with a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye and said, "Bethany, you are a young woman of wisdom and obedience." I told her I would never spend the money she gave me, but would keep it as a reminder of her wisdom, the wisdom to listen and the wisdom to obey. Can we as Christian parents do anything less than pray heartily for each other? It's not like this every day. This event in our household was like an air pocket in the ocean of parenting and I'm the deep-sea diver. Most days are tiring, and many even are quite discouraging. Today I got to come up for air, and I am grateful for this day, sixteen cents, and a heart like His in a nine year-old girl.