Good morning! Good morning! Hope you’re stopping by with a nice, warm cup of coffee and a thankful heart!
Thankful on a Thursday is one of my favorite days! A day when I get to spill out the abundance of love that God has showered on me to you! Thanks so much to Aleysha at the Tarr Pit, Gini at the McGlothin Family Nest, and Nish at the Outdoor Wife for sharing such a wonderful weekly link-up.
Today I am thankful for little boys.
Does that seem crazy? I’m thankful for their sticky, peanut butter faces, and their unending Spider-man fantasies, and their little “mus-skulls” to help me carry feed buckets, and drag hoses, and close gates. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:1-4)
I’m thankful for little boys who grow up to be men. And I don’t say that lightly. It’s unfortunate that so many little boys these days just grow up to be big boys. I’m thankful for Mr. Fix-It showing our boys that men work hard, that men fix things and build things and move things that Mama can’t handle. That men aren’t afraid to get dirty and get wet and get the job done. (Cause there’s been a lot of that around here lately!) “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (1Timothy 5:8)
I’m thankful for other men too, that help Mr. Fix-it show our boys that men respect women, protect children, and provide for the less fortunate. That men go to church, and aren’t afraid to pray and seek God’s will for their life. That men should be leaders, but not tyrants. “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Mathew 5:19)
And I’m thankful for websites and community groups like the MOB society. For Mothers of Boys by Mothers of Boys. Full of helpful tips, heart-checks, and gentle reminders that my job is not to take care of two boys until they’re 18, but to raise those two boys into godly men. It’s a long, hard road, folks. “…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…” (Hebrews 12:1)
It’s a big job. But God picked me to do it, so I guess He thinks I can handle it. Today, I’m thankful He picked me, and I’m thankful He didn’t pick me to do it alone!