The Opportunities We Give Our Kids

May 25, 2012 in Five Minute Friday,kids and faith

I get up earlier most Fridays to flex my writing  muscles with Gypsy Mama and her five minute Friday prompt. It’s the one kind of exercise I truly embrace. Join us as we write for five minutes without rewriting and without overthinking. Today’s prompt: opportunity

Parents throw this word opportunity around like it defines their success. I want to give them opportunities I never had they tell me. To learn French. To play tennis. To see big cities and national parks. To have the best education.

Somehow we believe that if our kids don’t experience it all and experience it early we are denying them. But really, so much of it is a marketing scheme. Have you ever watched 3-year-olds play soccer? You paid for that? And I know 2-year-old art class is fun. You could embrace the joy of toddlers painting at home with friends, a sunny day, a porch, and a hose (double fun!)True parenting opportunity is more about time and connections than activities.

But sometimes we want to create opportunities for our kids to see the world through Jesus’s eyes. And personally, we wondered if our girls could understand the state of this world and His heart in the abundance of this country. So early on we prayed to find an orphange in another part of the world that we could love, probably forever. A place we could visit, support monetarily, and pray for. We had criteria for this opportunity we wanted to create.

The cost of going there had to be reasonable because we were bringing all 4 of us. We didn’t want the cost to be so extravagant that the money we spent to arrive would have been a bigger blessing than our presence. The philosophy of the orphanage needed to match God’s word. They had to welcome visitors.

We settled on Central America. We found Casa Cielo in near La Ceiba Honduras online. A couple, working for the Lord, without organizational support. Fourteen kids at the time (praying for a permanent home). There are 28 now.  And one summer day we flew away, all six us (grandma and grandpa too), to this opportunity in Honduras that we found online. I was sure we were crazy but the peace was strong and the excitement stronger.

And we’ve been back. Grandpa more than a dozen times, dear hubby three time, and the girls and I twice. We will go again. We will pray, support and try to find more opportunities locally and internationally to love like Jesus.

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dayebydaye May 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Wow- LOVE this! My heart beats in the same way for my children, but I keep thinking some day. Thank you for showing me that we can make that some day NOW! Beautiful blog!!!

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ells May 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Hi neighbor…this is wonderful…oh yes…the opportunities we think we have to give our children…so lacking. blessings to you~

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Tanya Marlow May 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm

‘have you ever watched 3 year olds play soccer?’
HA! loved this line!

It’s awesome that you are teaching your children to have a global perspecive – it’ definitely something I want for my boy as well.

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Positively Alene May 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Good morning girl! Love this beautiful story. A story after my heart – the opportunities to serve others near, far, and everywhere. You are making such an impact on your kids. love ya

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Frugal in WV May 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm

What a great way to teach your children about the world! I love your story!

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Kerri S May 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm

you have such a beautiful heart! i love how you share it with your children…this is a true opportunity!! blessings my friend!!

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Jen Price May 25, 2012 at 7:32 pm

That’s awesome! How great to have an opportunity like that to go as a family!

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joycannis May 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Beautiful!
Thank you for sharing this.

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beyondchristianplatitudes.com May 27, 2012 at 10:18 pm

I love this post!! We could never give our children enough, creating a constant appetite for more! But knowing Jesus and loving others keep us grounded in contentment and a harvest full!! Precious!

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Michele {A Life Surrendered} May 29, 2012 at 1:08 am

This is a dream of mine and Husband. We would love to take our children to a country like this so we can be Jesus hands and feet. I would love for them to walk away with knowing the value of the blessings they have in this life.

Thank you for sharing. I am inspired and reminded of what is most important to God.

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