Dear Younger Kim (#4), Number your Days

emily-and-nick-may-2000-on-counter-leaving-little-brennanThis series is in response to the question:

So if you met yourself when your kids were as young as mine (4 and 1), what would you tell her?

If you haven’t read Part One in this series, click here.

Dear Kim,

I know you’re coming to me looking for any nuggets of wisdom that I might be able to share with you, so here’s the next one.  It comes from Psalm 90:12.

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Your days are numbered by the very God who created you.  You cannot add to them.  You cannot subtract from them.  You do not know what tomorrow holds, but He does.

So, enjoy this moment.  Enjoy these moments.

Spend time with your children, Kim.  Make memories with them.  Smile.  Laugh.  Recognize that these days when they are young truly are fleeting.

Pour into them.  Disciple them.  Read with them.  Pray with them.

Don’t be jealous of those other moms whose kids are older or whose kids are in day care or school.  Don’t be jealous of your husband for the time he gets to get out of the house.  Be grateful for the influence you’re able to have over your children’s lives.

Teach them what you want them to learn, even a little bit at a time.  You didn’t get where you are today overnight, don’t expect them to.  Remember, they’re children.

Don’t wait until they’re older to start training them.  You’ll be amazed at their capacity to learn – not necessarily to learn to read or multiply, but to learn.  They’re learning from you every single day.

They’re learning to be patient.  To be kind.  To listen.  To think of others more highly than themselves.  To have self-control.  To value God’s Word and prayer.

They’re also learning to be impatient.  To respond in anger.  To pretend not to hear when you’re talking to them.  To be selfish.  To be foolish.  To value man’s wisdom.

What kind of model do you want to be for them?

Beware of the amount of time you’re spending on social media, on making chore charts, on researching just the right Christmas gift on Amazon and just the right curriculum at Rainbow Resource.  Consider spending that time in prayer and with some godly older women.   That is where you will find the real wisdom and refreshment that you’re seeking.

Number your days and enjoy every single one of them.  Fill them with the fruit of the Spirit who lives in you: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  I’m praying for you.


One thought on “Dear Younger Kim (#4), Number your Days

  1. Kim, this is the best one of all! Oh, the reminder not to be jealous of others, to despise this time or envy my husband who gets to be around adults all day… zing! And learning from my negative examples (a harsh tone), zing! “Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.”


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