I always assumed my children would be talented at something, maybe that something would help them in a career or maybe it would hinder them from a real career. But I always assumed that I would encourage that gift. I knew that I would help my children find what God had gifted them with and encourage them to grow in that ability, not just that ability, to be well rounded of course, but I really wanted them to use what God had given them. This is probably one of the only things I really, really thought about before having children. Helping them find who God made them to be.
HOWEVER, I never thought about the gifts God would give them that were not career, life gifts, but gifts of the Holy Spirit in them. But recently I have seen my Karis has a real gift of encouragement. She is one of my biggest challenges because I adore her, but she is so foreign to me, so unlike me that I have no idea how to be a good mom to her. SO last week, she was throwing up, and being very brave about it. After her second bout of being sick, she was cuddled up by me in my bed, and she said, "Mom, you are a really good mom. You made me feel so good while I was sick, you have stayed up with me, you came in the bathroom with me, you rubbed my back, you did all those things and they made me feel better. Thank you." It was eleven o'clock at night and she is seven years old. And here my daughter is encouraging me! Then a few days later we went to get her ears pierced as a special treat, just her and I. She said all night that it was the best night of her life, but after she got her ears pierced, again, she said to me, "Mom, you did such a good job making me feel better, letting me hold onto you tight while I got my ears pierced. Thank you!" And the final gift for me was last night during prayers, she prayed for my run this morning, knowing how much I want to run and how hard it has been for me, she prayed that I would have a good run this morning. So this morning while I ran, I thought of my Karis and what a gift she is to me, what an encouragement!