Many in the world today want you to believe that children are a burden. There are TV shows about the tragedy of children and many people discourage others from having them. God says differently. He says in His Living Word that children are His reward (Psalms 127:3).
I work part time and sometimes I go to the library. Everywhere I go, I see women who treat their children like they are in the way. It ails my heart that these precious gifts get hurt so. I often feel like asking them, that if they were children, would they like it?
God has given us young ladies a gift as well … siblings! Some do not have them but I do; in fact, I am the oldest of six children. Often I watch the way I act towards them and I am no better than the ladies who push their little broken hearts away.
I saw a woman pushing a stroller on a crisp fall day. She was about thirty, she had packed a diaper bag and brought blankets to keep her baby warm … in the stroller was a doll.
I know of many women who wish they could have children but can’t. It is a precious fleeting gift to have children or siblings. Why not treat them like the gifts they are? How? Here are some ideas to make their lives better and even more enjoyable to you!
1. Put their needs before your own. Do they need a shoulder to cry on? Then put the book down for a while and listen. The time you invest in them is invested wisely and furthers the Kingdom of God.
2. Get them treats sometimes, perhaps when you go to the store. It’s always nice to remember them. Now, you can’t always get them something, because they will get spoiled! 🙂 But none the less, a special trip with their big sister to the store to pick up milk is a treat in itself, at least my siblings seem to think so!
3. Pray for them each day. They, just like everyone else, need someone to pray for them.
4. Read the Bible with them or teach them about it. During the day, seize opportunities to help them love God more and follow Him. I tell my little sister about biblical principles and then review it with her so she’ll remember. Example: “What is hospitality?” “Putting others before yourself”. “Why do we do it?” “Because Jesus did it”. Then we say a verse (or an abbreviated verse): “Jesus came to serve”.
5. Play with them! They love playing with big sister! How about you set up a “tribe” in the backyard? (Not a weird one but you can make an area that is yours … forage, “cook” and protect your land. It’s actually kinda fun!) Or maybe you can have a nursery in your living room where you care for you and your sister’s dolls! Perhaps you can play house. Have fun! It only lasts a short while!
I hope you are refreshed with some new ideas! God bless you!