|My dear friend Delight feels the same about her mother and her daughters as I do about mine. She is very faithful about taking time for tea. Here she is sharing tea with her sweet girls.|
Some years ago after her three girls were grown and on their own, she wrote an article about parenting being a 20-year investment. We got to talking about that Friday and she said she realizes now that it isn't just 20 years, but a lifetime commitment. Not only is She still caring about and praying through for me, but she also is praying for my children and grandchildren. She actually carries prayer burdens for many more now than when she just had the three of us. I used to think it was busy and challenging when I had 20 years of pregnancy and nursing but I realize now that those years were a breeze, when my children's needs could be met by simply cuddling and nursing them or changing their diaper. Now I find myself actively involved in spiritual battles for the souls of my children and the futures of my grandchildren. I thank God that I am not alone, but that He has placed me in a godly family where My Mother still partners with me in love and prayer.
Not only do I have my wonderful Mom, but I now have my older daughters sharing in the spiritual battles and blending their hearts and lives with mine in intimate friendships. My Mother and my daughters know me intimately and still love me, they know my history and they are happy to share my future. We speak each other's "language" and have learned to graciously pass over the flaws. Then there is the joy of building for the future with the younger ones and the grandbabies! I am so blessed by God's design for a lifetime of love within families. I hope my girls will always take time for tea with me and be as blessed as I am when I take time to have tea with my Mom!!