It’s summer and – time flies. My babies are 9 and 7 now and it wasn’t that long ago that they really were my babies. My oldest has bulked up so much physically in the last year that he just doesn’t seem quite like the little boy he was.  My youngest is getting taller. Where does the time go?

 

And so on my mind today is the verse, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5;16

 

intentional parenting is a choice

 

And so its with conviction that I tell you I struggle to stay on top of being intentional with my boys.

 

I confess, I struggle with being busy, I don’t sit still for very long – just ask my husband. I can’t imagine sitting though a movie at home without pen and paper or my netbook. I must be doing something productive.

 

Our greatest strengths can be our greatest weaknesses.

 

So what I’m saying is, during the day while taking care of the kids and the house, the homeschool preparations and the blogging I tend to forget or put off redeeming the time like I ought. Though most of what I’m doing needs to be done, most of it still will not matter if the Lord returns tomorrow- or if I die today. It’s temporal. 

 

And while I’m busy being busy excusing my busyness my boys are spending too much time watching movies (we don’t have cable tv), playing with Legos, studying Star Wars or Wii game tutorial videos – because these are the things they love right now.

 

Star Wars - A New Hope? Nope.

 

And I’m not saying its wrong for them to enjoy these things – but, it’s wrong for me to let them indulge in them to the extent I’m wasting the time God has given me with them. I’m sure he didn’t give me boys so I could be too busy to remember to pick up where I left off reading through the book of Proverbs with them.

 

I need to make the effort to teach them to clean the house more often and to be responsible for more than their own desire for entertainment.  Life isn’t about  moving from the computer to the tv to the toys,  and then repeat. God’s given me a book that tells me otherwise.  Sometimes Often I need reminded. How about you?

 

A Reminder…

“Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” -Proverbs 14:1

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  -Proverbs 22:6

” The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.” -Proverbs 29:15

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” – Galations 6:7

 

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Tracy Zdelar

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Tracy writes about family life and travel here on her blog Hall of Fame Moms and has been interviewed on Ohio Podcast, local radio and Prepper Chicks. Find more info on her About Page.