#34 Lenten Reflections
As my children age, they repeatedly tell me what I forget. Maybe it’s reminding, but their tone is more of a “Mamahhhhh!!! Don’t forgehhhht, I have to be at school earlyuhhhh” (teenagers dangle an uhhhh on the end of words for emphasis). I don’t mind the reminders, in fact, most of the time I’ve written things down on one of 3 calendars feeling quite organized yet forgetting to merge the three. So a nudge to remember what’s on deck for the week is welcome.
I’m grateful they can remind me about the logistical stuff, but with three teenagers jockeying school, sports, hormones, and I wish I knew what else — as their mother, I am responsible to help lessen the weight of their mental baggage. That’s on me to remember.
When their moods speak louder than the local tornado alarm, at that moment I smite my forehead and remember the 5 things I have to remind my kids. (Feel free to reword, otherwise, you may be met with the familiar eye rolls…but I believe some of it sinks in, gushy or not):
You are each given gifts only you can share with the world.
Listen to the little voice in your head when decisions seem impossible to tackle. It will tell you when to take the AP class and when to opt out of being the passenger in a car full of teenagers.
We are ALL born hard-wired for struggle, some days are going to be lousy but that’s normal.
You are worthy of love.
You are enough. You matter.
But just a little reminder to anyone reading this…sit for a minute and read #1-5 a few times. They apply to us too.
Spiritual Workout: It’s Palm Sunday…my favorite kinesthetic mass. What can you make with palms?
Workout: Enjoy a nice bike ride with a friend! If it rains, play a board game, take a break, and do 30 push-ups and 30 squats.