#FiveMinuteFriday – When

If you’re new to the Five Minute Friday phenomenon (this is my second time participating), here’s how it works:

Every Thursday a one-word prompt will be announced on the Five Minute Fridays blog at 10pm EST (and the blogging continues through Friday).  Before the prompt is revealed many in the Five Minute Friday community like to connect on Thursday evenings on Twitter using the #fmfparty hashtag.  I have yet to attend a Thursday Twitter gathering, but look forward to chatting with the ladies in the future.

Everyone who participates in Five Minute Friday will write for five minutes on the topic of the week, post it on their own blog and link up that post on the Five Minute Fridays blog.

If you want to get in on the fun but don’t have a blog, you’re welcome to post your five minutes of writing in the comments here each week, the comments section of the FMF blog, or on the Five Minute Friday Facebook page.

This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking (my inner editor is cringing), no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.

Today’s 5 minute Friday prompt is WHEN

When I think about the word when I think about moments gone by and yet to come.  I think about phrases like “I remember when…” and “When I grow up…”.  It’s nice to visit “when” but it isn’t the most productive place to reside.  Don’t get me wrong, I can get some good inspiration from the future I would like to create and I learn great lessons from the past I’ve already lived.  It’s just that I tend lose track of the here and now when I visit when.

Now is where my feet need to be grounded.

Now is where I get to enjoy time with my boys.  It’s where the laughter is.  Where the twins follow my husband, myself, and our oldest like they’re puppies.  Now is when I get to watch our oldest interact with his baby brothers as though they’re the most important people in the world.  He already likes to talk about when he grows up.  I don’t even want to think about when the twins will start doing the same.

No, I’ll stay here in the now and enjoy every minute of it, thank you.  I’ll wait on when another day.

Faith and Mommy Stuff

I just put my seven year old to bed.  We were praying using the ACTS method our junior pastor taught us last year.  DJ was finishing up his adoration of God – he blew me away with the beautiful things he said about God – when he asked me a question that caused me to pause before answering.  He asked “Is nature Mother Nature, or just nature?”

As a mom who was putting her kid to bed fifteen minutes past his bedtime I was tempted to rush through a simple explanation.  But as a former worshiper of Mother Earth, I knew better than to brush off his question.  So I told him, “There’s the short explanation and the long one.  Which one would you prefer?”  In typical DJ fashion he answered my question with one of his own. “Which one will give more information?”  So the long answer it was.

I’ll spare you all the details, though, and get to the thing I said that God used as a nudging reminder for me.  “When I see a beautiful sunset, I acknowledge the beauty of the sunset but I do not worship it.  I say what an awesome artist God is and give Him all the glory.  Why would we worship the created instead of the One who created it?”

I could tell from his breathing that he was fading.  To check for understanding and also to see if he was still awake I asked him, “Tu intiendes?”  He nodded and softly said “Yes”.

I’m so grateful that I get to put my kid to bed still.  To pray with him and have him ask me questions.  I don’t know how much longer he’ll want to cuddle and pray together, but I’m enjoying it while it lasts.

What’s your bedtime routine like with your kids?  Do you follow a particular prayer pattern?