Taking Time to Nurture A Child’s Heart

Taking Time to Nurture a Child's Heart

This post was originally written on November 18,2012.

I like being on time, especially to church. Coming together as believers to worship our Savior and Lord seems like a fitting reason to try to be on time. But today I was reminded that the Lord cares more about how our hearts are when we approach His throne room of worship than He does about the time that we arrive.

My son was in tears this Sunday morning as I tried to get him ready for church. He stood still like a silent statue with droplets of water trickling from his eyes. No sound. No words. Just the flow of tears. I told my husband and other children to go on ahead. We’d meet them at church a little later. This was a time for making the heart right not for being on time.

I scooped up my son and carried him to the rocker. We rocked silently for a long time. His eyes full of tears and my mind full of prayers. He couldn’t put into words his sorrow but the Lord gave me the right questions to ask. Our schedule had been too hectic lately. We had spent too much time away from home. I had been gone more often than usual this week. His little heart yearned for time with mommy. Time to cuddle. Time to play. Time to just be together at home.

We made a plan. I’d sit with him while he ate breakfast. He would get to sit on my lap during church. We’d have a date on my bedroom floor playing trains after church. He lingered in my arms a little longer, his tears drying up and a smile emerging on his face. I told him I loved him. He said he loved me too.  He giggled at the thought of building a train track on my bedroom floor. His heart was made right. And I believe we were both better prepared to enter the throne room of worship even though we were a little late.

God delights in our hearts. Have you taken the time to nurture your child’s heart today? How about your own?

This post was shared at Hip Homeschool Moms.


  1. So glad you acknowledged there was a problem and took the time to give your son the attention he needed. I admit our morning before church was filled with tears this morning. It’s not always easy when we have to be somewhere on time with little ones who have no sense of time;) Thanks for the gentle reminder to nurture our children’s heart and take the time to give them the love and attention they need!

    • Sunday mornings are often the most difficult mornings of our week. No matter how much I prepare the night before there still seems to be a missing shoe, a tired child or a little one who is moving extra slow. I’m thankful for God’s grace each Sunday morning!

  2. I love this. I love that you took time out to be with him and nurture his heart.
    Just absolutely love this. So many things one can say about this.
    Glad I found you at Hip Homeschooling Moms.

  3. So important. We do not want to miss the big picture and that would include nurturing our children’s hearts! Love it. I would love for you to link up with me http://faithfilledparenting.com/faith-filled-parenting-linkup-party-12/

  4. Wonderful post, Janelle! What a terrific Mom you are for recognizing there was a problem, and pausing to get down to what was on your child’s heart. Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week 🙂

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