You Can Have All This World, Give Me Jesus...

Hudson has been throwing fits lately about wanting to watch shows first thing in the morning when he gets up. I realize this is probably my fault. Usually he always gets his milk and cartoons first thing, but lately it has gotten really out of hand where he just asks "Can I watch a show?" before he even tells us good morning. On Sunday I decided that we were going to start working on bible verses in the morning when he gets up and that he is going to have to do chores in the morning before he earns the right to watch a show. I want him to learn at a young age that it is important (and best) to start the day with Jesus!

This is all great, but it requires more work from me. It was easy to turn on a show for him and for him to be entertained while I did what I needed to get done around the house. I am seeing that he is growing up right before my eyes and I desire to be more intentional with my time with him. So I told him this morning that I had his bible verse coloring sheet all ready when he got up and he sat at the table and colored while I sat with him and fed Rhett. We had praise and worship music on in the background instead of Bubble Guppies. Then I told him his chore every morning is to make his bed and pick up his room. After those things are done, and if they're done with a good attitude, he earns the right to watch a show. He was so excited to show me when he picked up his room and the playroom all by himself. I loved seeing that confidence in him.

I told him he had earned a show and asked him what he wanted to watch and he said that instead of watching a show, he wanted me to "teach him things". So we worked on how to write his name. Then we worked on counting and some simple math with our fruit. Those were his choices, not mine. But how I cherished that sweet time with him. When I told him it was time for me to work out he went and put his shorts on and wanted to work out with me. So I you-tubed kids workouts and we did kids zumba and worked out together. It was so fun! I burned 400 calories and spent time with Hudson at the same time!
Our family has been in a valley lately. It's been hard for me to get back into scripture and spending time with the Lord because I am still harboring some bitter feelings and my soul still hurts. Hearing my sweet baby quote Philippians 4:13 this morning was like beautiful music to my ears.

I desire to be the kind of mom who sits down with her kids and talks about Jesus and the Bible. I want to be patient and kind. I want to teach them and involve them in what I am doing. I want to empower them to be the best versions of themselves they can be. And they want that too.

I can't do it on my own. I feel like we are so polluted by the world, and worldliness. I feel like so far in Hudson's life I have failed because I've let him watch Disney Jr in the morning instead of spending sweet moments like this with him. I don't want to be the Pinterest mom with all the coolest parties and toys and the perfect house. I want to be the mom that when asked if her son would rather go to school and play in the gym with all the toys and his friends, or stay home with his mom, that the son picks her, because she is intentional with him. I am so thankful that he is little and doesn't realize these things, I am so thankful that when daddy asked him that today, he chose me. So every day I am going to wake up and choose to be that mom for him (and Rhett).

I love the simple lyrics of this song. You can have all this world, but give me Jesus.

I'm far from perfect, but this morning was a good morning at our house. I just want Jesus. Change is coming.

(If you haven't already, hop over to Jordan's blog to see the sweet post she wrote about her parents today)
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  1. I really enjoy reading your blog! I found you through Kelly's Korner and I also live in NWA. I desire to the same kind of mom as you describe, and I relate very much to this post. I just wanted to comment and say I enjoy reading! :)

  2. I am the mother of three grown daughters and a new grandmother of a baby boy. I think you are very wise and a wonderful mother. I loved everything you wrote today. You truly understand what being a mother is all about.

  3. I totally agree. We are SOOO polluted by this world and it takes such work to not be. Sounds like you are on a great track!-- Joanna


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