I Wanted a Do-Over

by Kirsten Poggenklass

This week as I sent my youngest child off to Kindergarten, I was filled with a normal range of emotions. Happy, sad, excited, worried.  Then, like a lightning bolt, I was hit with one I hadn’t really expected. DOUBT.  A host of insecurities flooded my mind. Had I prepared her well enough? Had I taught her how to respect others?  And my worst fear, did I spend enough time showing her love, God’s love — did I model Christ to her in our time together?

As I thought back over the last few years of our time at home, I was overwhelmed with the desire to have a “do-over.”  I thought of times where I had prioritized tasks over togetherness, and the multitude of times I had failed.  I could never get those days back.

Lord, please help her to grow up to be the girl you created her to be, despite my shortcomings” I prayed.

Thankfully the Bible is full of powerful words that can encourage us in times like these. At that moment I was reminded of one of my favorite verses:

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9.  What a comfort to know that not only am I covered by God’s grace, but His power is at work in me.  He loves my kids even more than I do and He knew all about my shortcomings before He chose to make me a mother.  God is on His throne watching over my children today, just like He has been all this time and like He will be forever more.

This lightning bolt of emotion has caused me to stop and think about how I want to parent going forward.  It’s made me consider my priority list.  I know that we love our children to the fullest by helping them experience Jesus everyday.  And that’s what I want to do.

In light of this, I’ve started looking into ways we can share the love of Jesus and serve together as a family.  Here are some fun family serving ideas we might try:

  1. Create Manna Bags— Visit a local bulk grocery store, like Sam’s Club or Costco, and stock up on several nonperishable food items. Have the kids pack plastic storage bags with the items you purchased and deliver them to individuals in need. Keep a few bags in our car so we are prepared when we see a homeless person or someone in need. 
  2. Clean the house of someone who is sick or pregnant.Some people you know may be having health challenges and the things that were simple and easy to them are now a challenge. Helping with housework can be a great benefit to them.
  3. Choose a day to serve each other inside your own home. Take out the trash,fold an extra load of laundry, encourage your children to pick up their sibling’s toys, and show appreciation for one another.
  4. Go to the grocery store together as a family and pick up a few items for your local food pantry

    (Check out these ideas and more at allprodad.com and familylife.com)

I encourage you to take the next step with your family.  Spend time learning about Jesus and living for Him together.

P.S.  We’d love to share more ways families can serve together. Send us ideas on ways you serve together and we’ll post them for others to see.

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