Daily Devotions:

9 years ago
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Wow, talk about embarrassing.  My oldest
daughter just spilled the beans on me and daddy while we were on
vacation.  I don’t know about you, but when nature calls out in the
wilderness, I just embrace it and go (find a potty).  This was
especially true since we were out in the middle of the lake and nowhere
near a bathroom.  We had to paddle to a cove and find some cover…  Of
course my very observant daughter, as she’s waiting with daddy on the
paddle boat, sees mommy go off into the woods to go “potty”.  Little
did I know this story would come up at dinner with all the family
present as we were reminiscing about our day. She says, mommy goes
potty in the bushes and daddy too, but I use the toilet.” She hadn’t
said that to us all day so we didn’t notice that she, well noticed.  No
secrets here folks.  Yep, my cheeks were bright red and so were lots of
others as they smiled and laughed too.  Yikes, I hope I am not alone
here or offending anyone.  That would really be awkward.

Anyhow, it’s refreshing how innocent our daughter is and how she
didn’t see anything wrong with sharing such details.  During other
times I’ve noticed that in her simplicity she’s often been wise.  I
will say “oh no” when a glass or drink is spilled or something is
dropped or has fallen down and she will ever so calmly tell me “it’s
okay” in her very reassuring way.  Then off to get  a wipey she goes to
help me out.  The pleasures of parenting are sure to be found in those
moments as well as many others…  Even still, I guess I should start the
lessons on manners and potty training talk and privacy; what and when
to share and how since she’s approaching age three in a few short
months. 

Reflection:  It amazes me that out of those same mouths Jesus says…”Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise” (Matthew 21: 16).  What a true miracle to behold.  In Psalm 8: 1-2“O
Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set
thy glory above the heavens.  Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings
hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou
mightest still the enemy and the avenger.”  In this KJV the ”ordained
strength” is in reference to issuing strong words against such enemies,
and even from “the mouth of babes and sucklings.”  In the Revised
Standard Version and translation, “the little ones chant the glory and
majesty of the Lord.”  God sees the beauty in our little kids even
amidst their humorous stories I am sure.  It is great when we can too. 
Even more marvelous (I can’t wrap my mind around it fully) is the truth
that we can rejoice knowing that through them He has ordained strength
and perfected praise.  They are His vessels. 

Prayer: 
Thank you Lord that you are worthy of our praise and that you use our
babies to glorify you even as sucklings.  This is beyond me here.  You
are so wonderful and I thank you for the many funny memories and
stories from my daughters and the many more to come as my kids grow
up.  Give them a heart of worship and a joy for you; help them to trust
you always and learn from your word and prayer. Through my example and
my husbands, let us show them your love continually.  Help them to use
their words wisely and obediently dear God.  Let them be uplifters
lacking nothing.

Feel like sharing: 
Can you relate or what?  It would be cute to hear of your funny stories
and inspirations too if you feel inspired to help me not feel so alone
in my embarrassment here and so called inspiration… :)

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