Toys and Toils

This past weekend was full of sweet sugar and toys! From coloring with new fat crayons, to dragging out all the toys in the two baskets Nana has, we had fun!
I was listening to Joel Osteen’s broadcast one night this week and he was talking about time spent with children. Time they need. Time we need. God teaches us things through our children.
In the honest eyes of a child, we find the heart of God. Luke 18:16 says, “Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. ” NLT
To be so caught up in the toils of life and not be able to enjoy the gift of life is prevalent today. Children are just such a gift. To be cherished and enjoyed. Rylan, our oldest grandson, has told me many times while we were playing or just talking, “Nana, you are a toy”. I would tell him back, “no, I am a Nana! You are a toy!” He would giggle and hug me. A treasured moment.
There are a k-zillion (one of my numbers) treasured moments when you spend time with a child. I know from experience. God has used these moments to tell me things about His love for us.
I have noticed something in watching my girls become the unique mothers that they are. When Cy takes a tumble at our house, April doesn’t run to pick him up, she quickly “tells” him he’s okay. Most of the time, he gets back up and keeps on going. If he were hurt, she would hold him and reassure him that it would be okay. That she loved him, and she’d kiss his boo-boo better!

When we stumble, God “tells” us through His Word, that He is right there. That we are okay. That He loves us, cares for us and will never leave us. He will hold us close enough we can hear His heart beat. As much as we love our children and grandchildren, God loves us more.

He wants us to love Him more than anything else in our lives.
Joshua 22:5 says, “But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” The personal instructions of Jesus to the Sadducees and Pharisees, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ (Matthew 22:37)

Loving Him is spending time with Him. Daily. Moment by moment. He is there, in the toil of life and as we play with the magnificent “toys” of His creation. His “little children”.

About Angie Knight

On a journey with purpose, with my best friend and love of my life! View all posts by Angie Knight

3 responses to “Toys and Toils

  • Linda

    What a sweet post Angie, and what a precious little one. You’re absolutley right. There is nothing like spending time with these little ones.Thanks for the tip on Jan Karon’s new series. I didn’t know she was writing one. I’m so glad she is!! Let me know when the first one is out.

  • Andie

    Angie…thanks for the reminder about how precious this time is. When we are in the trenches of motherhood, sometimes we forget. Along with the cooking, cleaning, laundry…spending QUALITY time with the kiddos sometimes falls to the wayside. Thanks for this reminder. I will try to keep it in my mind this week, even with the cold thing going on. Of Course you may add me to your side bar, I’m honored! If I ever figure out how do do one, I’ll add you.Blessings-Andie

  • Anonymous

    Mother – I know you feel so happy to have us all at your house, making a mess and eating all your food. I want you to know that these are the moments I treasure most. You have always taken time out of your busy schedule to spend time with me and Tiff (and now the grandkids). I love you so much! You are so precious! I really enjoy reading your blog as much as I can. You always inspire me to do something better/different in my walk with God. Thank you for being the Godly Mother that you are!-Weezie

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