I hung out with my girl today.
Thanks to parent/teacher conferences, my 8-year-old had the entire day off so we had some good time together. It’s rare we have it. She is a competitive gymnast and is gone 13.5 hours a week. (Don’t get me started…)
So when I have a chance to saturate myself with Miss Sara Lou, I do it.
And I’ve found that when I invest that time, she opens up. She’s not one of those kids who purges information on demand. Sara doesn’t easily give up her feelings and thoughts.
But when I spend time with her, she shares what’s going on deep down inside.
It’s times like these when I get a sweet peek inside my daughter’s heart, strengthening our bond. It’s an intentional move on my part because she is my favorite girl on the planet and I want to pour into her as much as I can.
The more time I spend with her, the more I get to know who she really is.
- I discover her likes and dislikes.
- I find out what makes her feel loved.
- I learn what burdens her heart.
- I see what excites her.
- I hear about her hopes and dreams for the future.
In each focused moment together, I develop a deeper, richer more intimate relationship with my daughter which makes me appreciate and adore her even more. And through our conversation, she learns more about me too.
Without a doubt, each investment of our time yields a great return.
You know what? I realize the same can be said for our relationship with God. Agree?
When we invest time in prayer, when we actually open the Bible on a regular basis, when we attend church… we become closer to our Creator.
- We learn about what makes His heart break and what makes it soar.
- We discover more about who we are.
- We find out God’s plan for us.
- We learn about His history.
- We get a deeper understanding of who He is.
Relationships don’t just happen. You have to invest time, energy, and effort into others and you must genuinely and honestly give of yourself.
Sisters, when you do… you go one level deeper.
And life’s too short to be shallow. Invest your time because that’s where the richness lies.
p.s. It’s Prayer Request Friday! Leave a comment in response to this post and I’ll be praying for you over the long weekend. If it’s private and not something you want published… please indicate. If not, I’ll publish your request for others to pray for as well. 🙂