Sunday, July 15, 2012

No more sippy cup!

Having a young child is fun and challenging.  I'm the mother of a 3 year old and it doesn't take long to find out that they have an innate ability to make their desires known and won't stop until they get their way.  My son has shown us his determination to get his way numerous times especially when it comes to his sippy cup.  Even though my son is almost 4, he continued to find comfort in his sippy cup when drinking milk.  Each time we tried to convince him to consider another way to take down his milk, he wasn't having it.  I could have forced the issue but the need for peace overruled the moment. 

It somewhat boggled my mind why there was such a connection to his cup.  Especially since he transitioned from the bottle to a sippy cup and from the sippy cup to a regular one with very little opposition. 

Diapers to pull ups. Pull ups to underwear. Pacifier to none at all.

Every other transition in his life was quick and painless, why wasn't this one?  Well, I am so excited to share that after using a sippy cup for nearly three years, our son made a huge declaration this week. 

No more sippy cup!

Out of nowhere, he no longer wanted the sippy.  He made a decision and that was it.  After asking him and talking about it for sometime now, this week was his week.  We were so excited that we called family members, gave him high fives, and took pictures.  In my eye, this milestone in his life meant the end of him being a "baby".

Here's the lesson that my son inspired. His new season started with a decision!  The same holds true for you.  Maybe there is a child or spouse you are praying for that doesn't need to give up a sippy cup but an addictive habit.  Maybe acceptance of your body and all it's flaws needs to start with a decision. Don't give up on your prayers and faith.  Even though you've been praying for awhile, God is faithful to his word.  The Bible tells us to be persistent in our prayers.  Ephesians 6:18 (MSG) shares the following:

In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

Just how my baby boy made a decision, so can you and the precious loved ones you are praying for. (Posted by Renee)

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