Five minute Friday- week 2 (for me). “Notice”
“Watch me, Mom!” calls my 3-year old as she gingerly climbs the mini-swing set in the backyard. And can I ever relate. When I left teaching to enter this amazing and less-than-glamorous world of mothering and staying home each day with my children, little did I know how much I had grown used to being noticed and praised for my work. Both in Japan as a highly esteemed “sensei”, and in America where elementary teachers find great reward in the appreciation of children and their parents, I rarely found myself in a deficit of attention. A little over three years ago, my world shifted, and the two little ones who now receive the mainstay of my efforts can focus mainly on articulating their own needs. And my heart cries out, “Notice me!” The one person who can speak into this vast well of need for attention is self-admittedly “not a words guy”. And yet, he intentionally and generously offers words of encouragement regularly. But the vast well of my heart wants more. I know that the Shepherd of my heart is calling to this very place deep within, and yet I hesitate to follow, and I wonder- can He really lead me to the place of not wanting?