The older women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness . . . teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands ... Titus 2:3-5
Baby Jackson was sitting in his infant seat on the table. His older sister, Aleya, was two years old and loved to play with her brother. As she stood on the chair and looked into his eyes, Jackson beamed a smile
Aleya got down from her chair and collected her dolly from the stroller. She went back to Jackson and laid the baby doll beside his face. She picked up a toy, pretended it was a camera, stood back a little way and said, “Cheese?” to her brother. Aleya made the clicking sound a camera makes, rearranged the dolly and took another picture and another.
Jackson spit up a little so Aleya jumped off her chair and got a towel. She roughly wiped the baby’s face. He started to whimper so she stopped wiping, and instead rubbed and patted his little head. All the while Aleya was talking in a squeaky little voice to him, and he responded by smiling warmly at her loving care.
I’d often watched Aleya’s mother Rachel care for her little ones in just the way Aleya was caring for Jackson. Now, as I observed Aleya, I thought of the verse from Titus about older teaching younger, realizing that younger starts as early as one and two years old.
With this treasured example, I sensed a need in my own heart to stay very close to the Father’s heart so that my example as Grandma is steadfast.
Prayer: Father God, I pray that through the examples she sees in her mother and grandmother, Aleya will grow up to be a godly mother, ministering to and blessing any children You might give her. Amen
Ponder: Take a few minutes today to stand back and observe your children at play. It’s sometimes painfully and other times rewardingly revealing, through their tiny words and actions, to see just what they’re learning from our example.
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