Deadlines, To-do Lists, and Kids

One of the things I regularly ask God for is a greater love for children. I’m surprised and convicted by His love and esteem for them, as shown in Matthew 19:13–15:  

Then children were brought to him [Jesus] that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’ And he laid his hands on them and went away.

It’s not that I’m a kid-hater, but I tend to think they don’t have much to offer me. See, I like to get things done, and kids don’t know much about (or value) deadlines or to-do lists. So, I usually gravitate toward conversation with adults over interaction with kids. Can you relate? Do you—even if it’s not a conscious thought—view kids as a blessing or a curse? A delight or a nuisance?

This month, we’re going to be discussing True Woman Manifesto commitment number 11:

Receive children as a blessing from the Lord, seeking to train them to love and follow Christ and to consecrate their lives for the sake of His gospel and Kingdom.

For those of you (like me) who don’t have kids, don’t think for a second that this will be a month of wading through irrelevant content with your hand over your mouth in a perpetual yawn! All of our lives intersect with parents and kids—and you have more of an impact on them than you might think. I challenge you to get creative and apply what you’re learning—even as we’re talking about the struggle of infertility, adoption, how to read the Bible to kids, and so much more.

We start Monday. I hope you’ll stick with us this month—I want to learn from you. For now, I’d like to know what you love/value about kids (or why you don’t).

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Paula Marsteller

Paula Marsteller

Paula Marsteller is a gifted communicator with a tenacious commitment to Scripture coupled with a compassionate, loving voice. She enjoys connecting with and welcoming people so they feel safe, valued, and deeply loved. People describe her as “wise,” “relatable,” and "fiercely gentle."

God has captured Paula’s heart, and she is passionate about sharing life-changing, gospel truths through the lens of her everyday, ordinary life as a wife, mom, neighbor, and church member. Paula is an insatiably curious, lifelong learner, so beware: she tends to ask a lot of questions of everyone near her (being careful not to overwhelm).
She served with Revive Our Hearts for fifteen years and wrote Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom. You can catch her writing on PaulaWrites.com.

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