Ever since the day I became a mother I’ve heard the whole “It goes by so fast. Don’t waste a minute” or “Figure out to live in the present and really enjoy childhood because it’s gone too fast”.
I’m just now realizing how true that is.
I’ve lately been pondering about the concept of childhood in terms of eternity.
I believe, because of modern revelation from God to His prophets, that all will be resurrected “The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form; both limb and joint shall be restored to its proper frame, even as we now are at this time; …” alma 11
I also believe that woman and manhood are the forms we will take for this glorious time…’the full measure of the stature of its spirit’. And also if a child dies while in childhood that spirit will have the opportunity to develop until it reaches the full measure of the stature of its spirit. This also allows the mother that special opportunity as well. How wonderful right?
So because of that, if my children grow up in this life and become men, this period of time we call childhood really is momentary isn’t it?
Could it be true that Ben and Williams spirit will never again posses the body of a 4 and 5 year old? Will the innocence and essence they posses because of being children really never be seen again? The cuteness?! The excitement of learning something for the first time?! The silliness? Everything that accompanies what is called wonderful childhood…is this to be the ONLY time we ever witness it? Enjoy it?
I don’t really know the answer. I guess from what I’ve learned the answer is yes. I believe I will have more children and that opportunity will always be mine but in the present concerning my Ben and my William…what a eye opener! This could be the only childhood of theirs that I have! That they have!
How much more meaningful do those words of advice to new mom’s mean? A lot. To me anyway.
Could this be why Jesus loved children so much? Because he knew how fleeting and special they were?
I don’t know. But it’s something I’ve been thinking about.
So what does this mean for me? I just pray everyday that I will not take for granted my kids in their childhood and all the special moments that come with it. It helps me do better at appreciating them instead of becoming frustrated and wishing away the hard times. I’m grateful for that.
We’ve been doing Articles of Faith for family home evening the past few weeks and this week was the 3rd.
“We believe that through the Atonement of Christ all mankind may be saved by obedience to the ordinances and laws of the gospel.”
Did I get it?
I particularly like this video this week. It’s bit complicated for the boys but I love that even at this young age they can start to learn what it is the Savior did for them personally. And we can explain to them that it’s a life long process of learning.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to have children. If I didn’t have kids I wouldn’t be able to have this unique opportunity to teach them the gospel. It’s a big responsibility and I really am grateful for everything that turns out I am learning instead.
We are reading chapter 2 of second Nephi with the boys and to sum it up in Ben’s words, ‘that’s weird’.
It’s kind of a complicated chapter, especially for little boy minds. But this single verse and concept is as simple as it gets.
Vs 25. “Adam fell that men might be; and men are that they might have joy.”
The plan of our Heavenly Father is perfect. When we have moments in our life that are full of darkness, they are only moments and the true purpose of this life always makes the most sense…JOY. Joy is what can fill our life if we let it, if we let Him.
Every Wednesday and Friday I am going to do the same thing with this word play thing…What would you call it? Then it will change occasionally because I have so many ideas.
My inspiration for this came from my mom’s long lost blog when she used to do Wordless Wednesday and post really interesting photos that I’m sure spoke to her.
For Wednesday I’ll start with Worship Wednesday. And on Friday’s I’m going to do Favorites Friday.
I’m still figuring out exactly what and how I’m going to do these but it will become clearer as I do it I think.
Anyway for today’s Worship Wednesday I wanted to share something about the Book of Mormon because I’ve been asked to teach a lesson about it this Sunday. And I love the Book of Mormon.
I love this video of the testimonies of the apostles and prophets of the Book of Mormon. It’s so easy for members to take the Book of Mormon for granted. If we stop and think about it, what an amazing miracle and blessing!