Of course, it's a known fact that kids pick up on your frequently used phrases. So one day this week, while I was really frustrated, Amelia decided to use it on me. We had been having a good day. But it was nearing bed time. You know, that time of night where anyone could just snap and go crazy. So not my favorite. Especially when that anyone is me. I had had enough of repeating myself. Amelia sensed this and said, "Mama. You need to calm down." At first, I wanted to get even more mad. I was prepared to spew out, "Yeah?! I just need you to listen and be a good girl! You're just disobeying so much and I'm mad." Instead, I told Amelia that she was right. I needed to breathe and ask Jesus for help. She kept a hand on my shoulder and all was well. We continued our evening and nobody snapped.
I was so thankful for that moment. Sometimes I'm so tempted to be angry but God provides encouragement just in time. Another similar situation happened just this last evening. We were eating dinner. Well, I was eating dinner and feeding Elsie some avocado. Amelia was not eating. Again, I was starting to get so frustrated. I kept telling her over and over that she needed to eat dinner. It was 6:30 pm. I just wanted to get dinner finished and get the girls to bed. I could feel the frustration building. And then Amelia quietly says, "1, 2, this is true. Jesus loves me and He loves you." complete with adorable hand motions. I could do nothing but smile and thank the Lord for such a sweet reminder. Her little song was exactly what I needed to finish the evening strong.
How has God used your children to remind you of the simple things? What are some ideas you have for making those last couple hours before bed time a better experience?