The Best Valentine's Present: Your Presence

Mom-kid-pileI’ve learned a lot of things about my kids in the short seven and a half years that I’ve been a parent.

Some days I think I’ve got it all figured out; but those are usually followed by days where everything I’ve thought to be true backfires on me.

Other days I stand in their darkened bedroom after they’re asleep, watching their chests rise and fall with each breath, and simply marvel at these little lives God has blessed me with.

Still on some days, I struggle simply to get everyone out of the door on time and then collapse into tears in the car line after shoving them out the door 30 seconds before school starts.

And yet in all those instances, over all those years and in every circumstance, there has only been one piece of parenting advice that I’ve found to be universal: Pay attention – it goes too quickly.

kariss-brittonAs of the moment I’m writing this, I’ve yet to find a way to freeze my children and stop them from growing. That said, we must not only enjoy every moment with them, but we must also put aside other worthy things for their sake…because what you deem as so important so that you can ‘give’ them more, actually robs them from all they truly want: YOU!

Your time, your presence and most of all, your love.

This Valentine’s Day, I want you to have fun with your kids. Go ahead, make cupcakes, cut out paper hearts and put stickers all over the windows if that’s your thing. But beyond the pink & purple, beyond the sugary sweet and beyond the chocolate filled fantasies are little hearts waiting to be held, molded, nurtured, disciplined and of course, tickled 🙂

“We love because He first loved us” ~ 1 John 4:19

Give your children the best gift of all: your presence. But if you are not first being filled with the love of our Heavenly Father, you certainly will not have anything left to overflow into your children. Run to Him daily to get your love tank filled so that the time you spend with your own precious bundles of love will resemble the time you have spent in the lap of King Jesus during your private moments with Him.

Just as your own children would suffer if they were never spoiled by your undivided attention, so will your own relationship with God if you don’t make a priority to steal time from your busy schedule to dedicate to Him.

So what are you waiting for? Get going! If your family is anything like ours, your kids also spell love “T-I-M-E”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

With a passion for teaching and mentoring others as her inspiration, Sami Cone began blogging in 2009 to encourage others to live their dream life and pursue their passions. A published author and seminar speaker, she draws on her experiences as a writer, editor, university professor, performer, professional athlete, and pageant winner to help women realize their full potential in life. Sami appears regularly on TV & Radio as a Frugal Expert and has been blogging for Tommy Nelson since 2010. Sami and her husband of seven years, Rick, thrive in Nashville with their two children.