Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Prize

Pin It We've had some interesting discussions at our house over the past couple of weeks, mainly revolving around marriage and what our plans are for our children as one of them is growing up so quickly. It's been interesting talking with her and seeing where her heart is in this.

I would love for my kids to just bypass all of that dating garbage. I would love for them to dream of marriage and to be able to enter into that relationship with no regrets and no baggage from previous relationships. I would love for them to build friendships and see where the Lord may lead those friendships. I would love for them to seek the Lord in all of their steps.

I'm still trying to cement my thoughts here, but as my mind has been dwelling on this topic, and on how to direct my children as they're getting older, I remembered (with the help of my mom) a discussion with the middle one a few years ago.

Mom had taken the girls shopping and let them pick out something. The middle one wanted a bridal gown. She was so cute, and of course mom bought her what she wanted. We were talking with her about it and she was telling us all about her wedding. I asked her what music she would choose.

She said that her song would be ...

Here comes the prize.

Mom and I just about died. So absolutely precious and absolutely hysterical, and if you know my middle one, so very her.

But you know what? She IS a prize. Right now, she is my prize. One day, I'm sure, some young man is going to take her away from me, but for now, she's all mine.

Here comes the prize!

10 comments:

Becky said...

I love reading your heart...even if, in this one instance, I wish reading it didn't make mine so personally wistful. It's wonderful watching them grow up. But hard, hard, hard on this Mommy to know that it really isn't much longer until they're going to be making some really big life decisions and I have to truly let go of it and trust God with my little prizes.

Micah said...

How absolutely precious!! Here comes the prize! Ya know that word makes me think about how we need to teach our children about waiting.... and BEING that prize. Wow. Thanks for sharing this Melanie!
giggle... such a CUTE picture!!!!

gidget.e said...

I have many of those same thoughts about my boys. I know the day is coming that I can't make decisions for them. I know this doesn't apply to you, Mel, but sometimes parents don't think about protecting their sons. I remind my boys that there are girls out there who want to steal their innocence. There are girls who aren't nice! I pray all the time my sons find sweet christian girls like yours!

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Anonymous said...

Dear Melanie! I love this story. I remember when you shared this so long ago. Precious. Praying God's blessings on your family. Love, Tamera

~Debra said...

What a sweet picture, Melanie! And thank you for sharing this! I am glad I am not the only one struggling with the future for our children and how to direct them.

Jenn said...

Awww!! That is so sweet. She totally IS a prize!

Yes, I've been thinking about this a lot lately, too. I want my kids to have integrity and respect and a full heart when encountering the whole dating thing.... I'm already careful with my language with them regarding relationships in hopes that they'll pick up on where I'm coming from a bit!

Heidi said...

That is so cute! I know that I wish the same thing for my boys.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful post, Melanie! And what a great way to be able to teach them to think of themselves: They are someone's prize, and the prize is only for ONE person ... the lucky winner!

Your blog makes me smile every. single. time. Glad I found it! :)

Jodi said...

How sweet! They grow up way too fast!!