I am so thankful to the Lord when He allows me to see little glimpses of His marvelous work in the lives of my children. Too often I only see the character issues and the weeds of sin that need pulling in my children’s hearts. Sometimes I am slow in noticing what the Master Gardner has caused to bloom. May the Lord make us mothers who are quick to encourage our children when we see them bearing fruit, even in its beginning stages.
In getting ready for church yesterday, my nine-year-old daughter was helping her younger sister get dressed. I heard her say, “Sissy’s hands are cold so let’s be careful when we get your dress on not to make you cold too.” As she carefully slid the dress over her sister’s body, I took the opportunity to encourage her.
“Sarah Grace, that is kindness and compassion you just showed to your sister. I’m so thankful to see how Jesus is making you more like Him.”
It was just a little thing.
But it was a choice she made in that moment. And she chose the good thing. To care for the needs of someone else when she didn’t have to.
And I’m glad I was able to hear and see it. She doesn’t always choose kindness, but today she did.
May the Lord forgive us, if in our endeavors to encourage our daughters to be Proverbs 31 women who work with willing hands, bring food from afar off and make linen garments to sell, we forget to tell them to have kindness on their tongues. May our daughters never boast that they can decorate beautiful cakes and knit elaborate clothing and sew complicated period costumes , yet not have the desire to reach out their hands to the needy.
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, Col. 3:12
Is there anything more helpful to others than kindness? Is there anything that brightens the soul, like a kind word from a friend or family member?
“Kindnesses are the small coins of love. We should always be ready to scatter these coins wherever we go. Kindnesses are usually little things that we do as we go along our daily path–wayside acts, touches, words, little helpful things. We never know when we do any little thing in love for Christ, what the end of it will be–what a harvest of good will finally come from it. It is better to do a thousand little kindnesses every day, than to do a great deed of love once in a year, and then fail to be kind in the common days.”
As mothers, how many times each day does the Lord graciously give us opportunities to model kindness to our children? Many, I would guess. And in my home, no one ever needs me at convenient moments. These are the opportunities we have to show them the love and kindness of Jesus–in these “small coins” that are scattered about day after day. May the Lord give us the grace to do so! And may we pass this desire for “coin scattering” along to our daughters as well.