Mentoring Motherhood

He Counted His Blessings

He told me he was depressed when I tucked him in last night. Of course that made my heart sad. As his momma, I don’t want him to feel depressed. I also didn’t just dismiss it because I don’t want to be that parent who says, “Oh, you’re fine.” I want him to know that I will listen to him and consider what he has to say. I prayed for him and because he attended a slumber party the night before where he only slept five hours, he drifted off to dreamland fairly quickly. This morning he walked into my study and said, “Mom, remember when I was sad last night? Well, I thought about how sad I might be if I didn’t have a house to live in or a family to love. Then, I realized how I do have that and it made me thankful.” My heart swelled with pride that only momma’s get and I said, “You counted your blessings.” And he smiled and said, “Yeah, I guess I did.” Sometimes I grow weary in my mothering role. Wondering if I am doing enough or saying enough or training them enough. And then God, in His infinite wisdom and mercy, decides to bless me with a gift such as this. It’s like God said to me, “See Cindy, he is listening. Keep up the hard work. It’s paying off.” So I will keep training my sons to love Jesus, love others, walk in gratitude, give generously and serve their part of the world without expecting anything in return. Won’t you join me?

3 thoughts on “He Counted His Blessings”

  1. Such an insightful boy. You and Chris are training him up in the way he should go and he is hearing you. God bless him and you.

  2. Did a little bit of this “training” last night. I had to take my son to Urgent Care (scratched cornea) and since I’m a single mom, the other son had to go in tow as well. We were there for three hours. On our way out, my sons were discussing what an awful experience it was. I chimed in with ,”But you know, while the waiting wasn’t fun, we had awesome people that helped you. They were all so kind and felt badly for our long wait. And, if we hadn’t gotten here in time and had to go to ER, we would still be sitting there. Thank you God, for Urgent Care places that are here when we need them.” And thank you God, for 24 hour pharmacies! As I sat in gratitude throughout the experience, it changed all the waiting time to a blessing of God’s provision. I hope my boys learned that as well. By the way, I spent much of the time reading my most favorite book ever, “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp… about this very subject of gratitude. Beautiful, beautiful book that expands God beyond the universe. If you haven’t read it, you must. I think everyone on the planet should read it!

    You are a good mom, Cindy. Thanks for sharing your experiences with your boys.

  3. This gave me chills! I love those precious moments with our kids where it feels like God just gave you a giant bear hug. So sweet!

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