As a couple who both serve in vocational ministry, Jared and I spend A LOT of our time planning intentional opportunities for spiritual growth for those we work with. We sit though hours of meetings and make countless phone calls all with the purpose of nurturing spiritual growth. However, there are 2 little people who live at our house that we don’t always spend quite as much time purposely planning opportunities for spiritual growth.
to live with intention means to make little daily choices that resonate deeply in our souls—that make sense deep in our being and ring true.
The main premise of her book is about slowing down which I’m a HUGE fan of, but this is the line that struck me. Living intentionally. I’ve taught it, I’m not sure how many times. I’ve tried to live it. But, on this Saturday, as Jared turned to me and asked “What do you want to get done today?” That line rang through my mind.
Instead of making a trip to the indoor playground because it was cold, catching up on the laundry or even enjoying a quiet morning at home, I wanted to live and parent intentionally. (Now, please, don’t misunderstand. I didn’t just decide for this one morning we would be intentional parents.) I wanted to make a small choice for that day that would resonate deeply in me and my children.
So, as a family, we began to talk about the homeless that we see on the street corner as we drive. We began talking about how we could show God’s love to them by being prepared to help them. And, then as any godly, 21st century mom would do, I went to Pinterest! I wanted to find some ideas for what we could put in some packets for the homeless.
We began to take inventory of what we already had at home and made a list of the things we needed and off we went to Dollar Tree and Wal-Mart.
One of the perks of being on staff at the church is having keys! So, once we got all of our supplies we decided to take them up to the church to put together our packets so we could play on the playground after we were done. We made eleven little piles that would be the makings of our homeless packets. Jared & I would hand the kids the supplies and they would make sure there was one in each pile.
We finished our packets with cards. As the four of us decorated (with Hello Kitty & Bob the Builder stickers) and wrote on the cards, I was struck by what I saw Kati Ann writing on her card. She wrote the words, “I love you and so does God.” Homeless or not, I wonder how many people need to hear that someone loves them and so does God.
Question: What are some other ways you have seen parents intentionally parenting their children? Do you have some fun ideas you’ve used yourself? I’d love to hear them.