Any other momma’s out there know the word “alone” anymore? When was the last time you really did much of anything alone? Especially while at home. I rarely use the restroom alone anymore. Now I know most moms realize this is just a way of life and then some joke about going to the bathroom and locking the door just to get a few moments alone. I’m not at the age that I could even do that with my child so the doors are always open and unlocked. I get needing time away and needing alone time, but what if we tried to change the narrative on joking about locking the bathroom door and hiding for a bit? What if we changed our mindset throughout the day about our children following us wherever we go?
The other day I had to go to the bathroom. That’s what spurred this on I guess. OK, a little weird, but it’s true. As I was walking back to our room I saw bubs start to gather up his papers, crayons, and a car –to go with me. He was perfectly fine to stay at his little table doing what he was doing but he WANTED to be near me. He sat his stuff on the scale in the bathroom and started coloring. He wasn’t an annoyance. He wasn’t in the way. He wasn’t just staring at me. He just wanted to be near.
Here’s where the change in mindset comes in to play. I could have desperately wanted 2 minutes to myself, which I have felt this way before. However, when I saw him continue to do his own thing, but just do it near me my heart was filled with joy. He loves me so much that he just wanted to be close.
Isn’t this how God feels about us? He just WANTS to be near to us and us to be near to Him. We don’t have to be doing anything special. We don’t have to be on our knees praying. We don’t have to be doing anything at all. He just wants to be near. He wants us to be near to Him in all that we do. It fills His heart with joy when we are near to Him. It should fill our hearts with joy as well. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you…” another version says, “Come close to God, and God will come close to you…”
So, next time you just want a few minutes to yourself, I get it. I truly do. But try to change your mindset. Try to change the narrative. Try to think about how God wants you to draw nearer to Him and your kids just want the same. It’s not always easy, especially if your job is to solely stay at home with kids, but what a precious gift we have been given. Don’t take that time for granted. Even if it’s time in the bathroom together.
How fabulous is this skirt?! You can dress it up or down so easily. I’ve worn it here with a graphic t (it says ‘madre’), sneakers, and jean jacket for a mom on the go look. I love it so much!