Books. I love books. I could read hours. As a mother of six this really is not possible very often. But occasionally there is a book that demands to be read and read as quickly as possible! Loving the Little years is one of those books. I read it in two sittings.
The author Rachel Jankovic wrote an article concerning Littles and Christmas for the Desiring God blog. Her thoughts and ideas resonated with me. When I realized she had a published work, I had to purchase it along with a couple of other books J! I skimmed a chapter in the middle of the book and knew it was going to be lovely. My sister-in-law read it and raved about it enough I decided to stop my current read (GIVE THEM GRACE—another truly excellent book) to see what the hype was all about! WOW!!! My devotion time went a little long that day and another night I slept a little less. The consequences for both those reading sessions well worth it!
I intend this book to be a standard issue baby shower gift. A standard first birthday gift maybe J?
Jankovic touches on issues that are common in every home because we are all sinners. We all have the same perchance to selfishness. While she does give some practical advice and some instruction on how to teach the principles she lays out, Loving the Little Years, is a book for moms in the trenches! She drives home the point that our attitude determines our success. Our job is one of sacrifice.
As moms we have a choice. We can choose joy and sacrifice or we can not. Is the world going to stop spinning if we are grumpy, play the part of a martyr or generally choose to perform our role of mother poorly? No but you may find the consequences just as devastating. Proverbs 14:1 Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears it down with her hands. That verse always gives me pause. I do not want to come the end of my life and realize my choices wrecked what could have been a beautiful home for Christ.
Here at the joy the journey the job I am going to use Jankovic’s book as jumping off place. (I highly encourage you to read the book.) I am going to chronicle the implementation of some of her ideas—like the Picky Chicken and practical ways to implement her ideas. Some of her ideas work well for older children also.