Driving to church the other day there was a brief little message on the radio, not even a couple minutes long and it left me feeling convicted and challenged. Simply put it stated that love is spelt differently by kids. No, I am not talking about actual spelling mistakes. The message went on to say that kids spell love T.I.M.E.
Then during church, the topic of Giving was spoken on. Are we giving of our time? I can take a hint, this was something I needed to be thinking about especially in relation to my girls and our family. How am I spending my time, and am I giving of my time to them?
The message on the radio alone almost had me in tears in the car. Kids really do spell love T.I.M.E. It’s true and I know it. It challenged me to think about what I am doing with my time. I work Monday to Friday during the day and when I get home some days all I want is a break, but all the girls want is to be with me, especially once they wake from their naps.
I often feel frazzled when I get home because I start thinking about everything I “need” to do. Make dinner. Do laundry. Get the girls fed. Bath time. Get them ready for bed. Plus so much more also gets jammed into that time. Am I making sure, though, that I am spending enough quality time with my girls?
Our relationship as a family will not be one that is simply our being in the same house at the same time during the day. I don’t want us all to be under one roof and not interacting. All the electronics need to be put aside as I ask my girls what they would like to do. I want to provide opportunities to play games, do arts and crafts, go out for a family adventure somewhere, and so much more. I will always read my girls a book or five before they go to bed each night.
This is actually something my husband and I have both been thinking a lot about recently, we want our girls to know they are loved. We want them to know that we are always here for them. We know that in order for them to know these things and more, we need to invest our time into them fully. The more time we give to them now while they are young, the better foundation we are creating in their lives and in our relationship as a family. We will NEVER regret giving them too much of our time.
Do you children spell love T.I.M.E.?