My sweet little boys are like night and day. One was a super easy baby. One was a difficult, hard-to-figure out baby. One slept through the night at three months. One decided he would wait until he was over a year old to accomplish a full night of rest. One was crazy verbal. One prefers to scream and grunt instead of use words. One is pretty laid back and compliant. One is pretty strong-willed and wants to do things his way. One walked right after his first birthday. One is just deciding that he might try out this walking thing. I’ll let you guess who is who. 😉
Griffin took his first steps on Christmas Eve. I was sure he would finally be walking all over the place a few weeks after that. But I was wrong. I shouldn’t try to predict anything with this little guy because he tends to be a little on the unpredictable side. 🙂
Lately his new thing has been that he wants to walk but only if he is holding onto your finger. He wants to walk all around the house. Around and around and around. And when you get tired and let go he lets you know that he is not happy about it!
But this day he was ready to perform. He walked to me from the table and then back again. I grabbed my camera and caught him walking back to me again. And I think he was even quite pleased with himself. Silly, stubborn boy. It was finally his idea.
Go, Griffin, go!!
At BSF today we were studying Isaac’s family (Genesis 25-26). My leader was talking about the favoritism that Isaac showed Esau and Rebekah showed Jacob. She challenged us to ask God to allow us to be open to our children’s strengths and weaknesses and to not favor one over the other. I don’t feel like I struggle with favoritism at this point, but I couldn’t help but think of my sweet Griffin as she gave this challenge. I so desire to know what makes this little guy tick but I know that God is the only one who knows him inside and out. So I am daily having to ask God for wisdom in how to train him in a way that his “weaknesses” would be used for God’s glory. I know that God can use this strong-willed, determined little boy to do great things for His Kingdom…and I want to be his biggest cheerleader! May I be a mom who is intentional in understanding what those strengths and weaknesses are and who encourages him. I am so thankful for how God created these little boys of mine so uniquely and purposefully. And as I think about the weaknesses that are starting to come out in their lives as they grow, I can’t help but think of my own many weaknesses. I am so thankful that our God uses ordinary people…weaknesses and all…to do extraordinary things. We are so undeserving but He still allows us to be part of His purposes. Praise God for that!