Training Wheels

“Mama, just let her play with it.” Ksena said to me as we watched Ky attempt to eat board book. She’s teething, these teeth have been coming out for three months. Today, one finally broke through (cue ululations). I’m excited, I can’t say the same about my nipples and Ky’s earlobes, they are both about to be conditioned. Our toothless smile is turning into a two-toothed smile.

Over the last nine months, our home and hearts have been transformed. Yesterday as I watched the girls played, I said to Peter, that I almost don’t remember life before Ky came. She has warmed our hearts, her joy has radiated everywhere she has gone. She greets us with smiles every morning and wakes Ksena up by shouting, ‘Dada Dada Dada’. If Ksena wakes up before Ky, she asks two questions: “Where is my sister? How was her night?” once you have answered these questions to her satisfaction, then she asks you to pray.

Sisterhood has made Ksena more empathetic. Granted that there are times that I have to remind her to be kind to Ky, or to use her kind voice, being a sister has brought out a softer, caring and protective side. The transition from being an only child to a big sister has been smooth. Initially, there were a few regressions but all in all, there has been a lot of progress.

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Training a child in the way that they should go is like playing a cd on loop, both the audio and video. It is setting an example in speech and deeds. I repeat myself severally. When I am tempted to get frustrated and irritated, I remember the love and grace that the Lord has extended to me. Sometimes the bible seems repetitive, but we are children, the more we hear and internalize, the more we are transformed.

A few months ago, Ksena wasn’t bothered to learn how to peddle her tricycle. She preferred to be pushed, sometimes she would attempt to peddle while the bike was already in motion. Other times, she would just sit pretty and enjoy the ride. She wasn’t bothered that other children knew how to ride, one day, she woke up and peddled. Now she is ready for a bicycle with training wheels. The training doesn’t stop until she learns to cycle and balance on her own.

From time to time (more like every other week), I am asked a question that compares the girls’ development. Ksena’s teeth popped when she was much younger, but Ky has started cruising earlier than Ksena did. I am learning to let them grow at their pace. Growth is not a competition, everyone is on their own journey. What is important is that we all make it to our destinations, so we walk if we can, and crawl if we must. As long as we don’t stop moving.

Our girls were dedicated to the Lord this past weekend, it was beautiful and powerful service. Aside from the emotions, we were reminded our mandate to train up these girls in the ways of the Lord. To speak truth into their lives. To teach them truth. It’s a huge task and responsibility, one that we cannot delegate.  Sometimes the task at hand seems daunting but we have to remember that we have an ever present help, a counselor, the Holy Spirit who leads us into truth. We continue to trust Him to reveal to us who they are as individuals that we may raise them with clarity just like Manoah and his wife did. I pray that they will walk in their God given purposes, that they will get to their destination with unwavering faith in God who formed them in my womb, for the glory of His name.

 

 

The Children Agenda

Every time I put on cartoon stations, I realize that the world has an agenda for our children. Genies, charms, demons, spirits and witches are the order of the day. Seemingly innocent cartoon characters are looking to other spirits for assistance in every day tasks. My spirit is usually so disturbed; what happened to a cartoon being just that. Nowadays, I even find Tom & Jerry violent 🙂 when your trying to teach a toddler that hitting is not good, you have a ‘violence’ radar that goes on.

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The Holy Spirit is real. He longs to walk with us and have a relationship with our children. For this to happen we need to be intentional about bringing them to spaces where they hear the word of God and experience His power.

If I don’t teach Ksena to love Jesus the world will teach her not to. It may not tell her not to love Him, instead it will show her other things to love instead. It’s so exciting that she can now verbally recall things from memory, she’s been telling us things that happened months ago. She is ripe for memory verses. I’ll put a list of the verses we are starting with and I can share them in a few days.

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A few days ago,we taught her to say God bless you, she randomly walks up to us and says “Mummy/Daddy God bless you”. Our words have power, we are teaching her to bless and not curse.

 

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Parenting is a full time job. Training up a child is a lot of work, but we have a helper who was present when the child was being knit in the womb. We should let Him guide us and lead us.

I’d love to hear how you are teaching your children about Jesus.

There are only so many nursery rhymes you can listen to without having them as a soundtrack in your dreams :). If you could please list some (clean) cartoons that we can check out in the next couple of months, I’d be so grateful.

Blessings,

Bibi2be