Children are open to the Spirit in a simple and natural way; I cannot impose adult spirituality on little children because then I am not working in sync with what the Spirit of God is doing in their souls.
“Unless you become like little children, you cannot enter the kingdom of God.”
Children are like sponges; they absorb values, attitudes, culture and spirituality simply through osmosis. However, it goes deeper than that. Children’s spirituality is not simply taught, it rises from within as they listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit in their own hearts.
Often what came out of our children’s mouths surprised and startled us. Yet both my husband and I were often aware of the deep spirituality that flowed from our children to us as well as from us as parents to our offspring.
My ceiling is my children’s floor which means that they stand on the work God has done in my husband and I; they are not starting from square one.
When I first became a mother, I tried to do everything around the house that I had done before I became a mother , all in my own strength. Even though I was an acrobatic multi-tasked woman, becoming a mother forced me to evolve and adapt. I finally capitulated and grudgingly accepted the fact that what was essential was clean clothes, clean little bodies, clean kitchen and bathrooms–period. Most anything else I liked to keep up was to give visitors a good impression. Sometimes I had to give myself a good shake and let go of impossible standards..
I continually reminded myself that a peaceful, centred mum. who lives in the peace of God, who takes the time to pray, has peaceful and happy kids
Obviously, as a mother of a large family, Jesus did not want me to seek approval from society. When God asked something of me He always supplied the grace I needed.