Hallelujah! It’s friday. Time to write for five minutes and not hammer the words with editing. Joining with Lisa-Jo from The Gypsy Mama again for Five Minute Fridays.
The prompt this week is Growing.
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.1 Corinthians 3:6-9
I watch them each, growing so wildly fast. Their feet stretching beyond their shoes, their pants seem to quickly become high-waters. Their dangling limbs stretch long out of everything I put them in these days and I see how they are growing up. The littlest one, not yet two, my baby-whose-no-loger-a-baby, she’s looking for independence these days, trying to use the potty, like everyone else in the house. She eats at the table with her little fork and spoon and says “I do it!” with force, when I try to feed her. They are each one growing right in front of me, and still it feels like it happens over night.
Our days are full of teaching, homeschooling, learning about life, and Christ and everything in between heaven and earth. Their experiences are growing them, the books we read together, the people we meet at the store, the park, swim lessons- every moment their hearts and brains growing, and it’s not just them. My Mama heart swells and stretches as I grow from them. Dark corners of my own places being stretched and cleaned out, being brought to light, my faith and hope being challenged and growing as I struggle to do this Mom-thing well.
We are all growing. I never realized before having children, how much I would grow in the process of raising them. How motherhood is a second childhood, a second birth into a new person, a new role but with more insight and wisdom than we had the first time around. I wasn’t prepared for how hard it would be some days to watch them growing up, to witness their mistakes and heartbreaks- to watch them learn ‘the hard way’. So much of life is learning the hard way. But through this we grow together. I get to journey with them, for now. I am blessed to watch them grow, even if it makes my heart burn and glow with the ups and downs of it all….