The truth is, as a parent, you never know what a child is going to latch onto. I remember when my babies were small and I was desperate to create lasting, family traditions. I asked a mentor mom in my church how she cultivated them with her children, and her response stuck with me these many years later. She said, "Oh I don't know that anything I set out to make become a tradition really stuck...it was often the things we did 'because' that became a tradition over time and stuck. Like when they were toddlers and would go outside to play in the snow...I would be worried over their frozen little fingers so I'd always get mugs of hot cocoa ready. When they came inside, I'd sit them all down at the table and put a warm mug into their little hands. Over time, whenever it snowed they wanted cocoa because it was tradition, and that's how a lot of our family traditions developed."
When I chat with my other mom-friends, it seems that across the board, all our kids crave tradition, they just don't know what they'd call it. What they know that they love is whatever feels stable and expected. Don't we all? Life hits us sometimes and it can make us wonder if there's anyone in charge of our own stability. It is a lot easier to offer the kind of stability and expected traditions to my kiddos, when I've taken the time to put my heart in check first... when I've wandered close to the Savior and found my security in His presence and the promises that He goes ahead of me.
falliday season, and begin pulling out trusted recipes, cozy scarves, boots, and grandmas turkey platter... will you commit alongside me, and join in finding our expected stability at the feet of Jesus, so that we can be full of His love as we prepare those sweet traditions for our loved ones, no matter who they might be or what age they are? Let's fill up so we can pour out and remember that no matter our circumstances and the state of our falliday season to come... He goes before us. I especially love the encouragement from this verse-
"The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed."
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