I looked at their tiny faces. Excitement was in their eyes.
The glow of the fireplace filled the room and candles were our only light. Our power was lost due to high winds. It was an inconvenience to many, but to these little boys~an exciting adventure. They got to pack up and go to grandmas. They got to sit in the dark with flashlights and candles and soak up the warmth of the fire.
And without even realizing it, we were making memories for them. Memories of eating grandma’s treats in the dark and playing with Bapa’s head light. Memories of toys and pillows all over the floor. Memories of the lighthearted laughter of aunt Jessica, grandma and mommy. Memories of Christmas music playing in the background and the smell of yummy candles in every room. Memories of their firefighter daddy and Bapa safely coming in from a fire call, and the joy that they were finally home. Memories of tickles and snuggles. Memories of the sound of howling winds yet the cozy comfort of being inside with those they loved. Memories of turning a bad situation into a beautiful one they will never forget.
And we didn’t even realize.
Sweet mama, make those memories for your children. Their little hearts hold on and they remember.
We have opportunities in front of us to fill those little hearts with beautiful memories of the holiday seasons approaching. They will remember the year they might not get to go to grandmas for Thanksgiving or be with their cousins on Christmas Day. We have the power to make those days beautiful for them. Our adult minds understand what’s going on in our world right now. It’s scary and sad and difficult to wear a smile with so much hardship going on around us~
but we can.
For our children.
Amidst the howling winds of fear and anger and the sickness and sadness that’s going on outside, we might feel like we have lost power, but we haven’t. Our children believe we can do anything. We have the power to make them feel cozy and safe within our homes, within our arms. We have the power to continually show them the joy that only Jesus can give. We have the power to fill their hearts with beauty and with memories that will last the rest of their lives.
One day my grandsons will look back and laugh and say “remember the time we lost power and got to go to grandmas?” And even though they will be adults, it will make their grown up hearts feel like kids again~
and they will smile.
Those are the memories I want to leave with my grandchildren.
I want to leave as many good memories as I can in their tiny hearts~
no matter what is going on in our world right now. I don’t want to fill those precious hearts with fear and anxiety or sadness. I want them to be filled with joy.
This is their childhood and they will only be children once.
Every single day is a new memory. They’re watching and listening.
Too often I think we forget that.
Pay attention to your words and your emotions. Pay attention to your reactions and responses. Purpose in your heart to have a life filled with the joy and peace of Jesus no matter what the circumstances around you are like.
Because good or bad~
without even realizing~
you are the one creating memories for your children~
Make sure they’re beautiful.
Psalms 16:8,9, 11
Ephesians 3:20, 6:10
2 Samuel 22:33