What we need is to love without getting tired. How does a lamp burn? Through the continuous input of small drops of oil. What are these drops of oil in our lamps? They are the small things of daily life: faithfulness, small words of kindness, a thought for others, our way of being silent, of looking, of speaking, and of acting. Do not look for Jesus away from yourselves. He is not out there; He is in you. Keep your lamp burning, and you will recognize Him.
-- Mother Teresa
It is not always easy, but our family is committed to being more Christ centered. We are gathering as a family at least three times a week for about an hour to focus on Christ, our family unit, and ways to love, encourage, pray, and to be our best. Even when Oliver is cranky, or one of the boys is goofing around and distracting a brother, we still press forward. Sometimes, it feels chaotic, but we always close feeling blessed and encouraged.
Lately, I have began reading a book by Mother Teresa. We have also been working on prayer. The greatest gift that I can give to my children is to pray for them. I also desire for them to be able to feel comfortable praying for whatever is on their hearts. They need to know that I will fail them, their Dad will fail them, their friends, their spouse... in some way, they will be disappointed. But God's love never fails. They may not always get the answer they want, but His love for each of His children is something that we cannot fully grasp this side of heaven.
I also want them to know the power of love. We love each of them, and we desire for them to have loving relationships with each other. Not the superficial relationship that grows distant once they leave the house, but the kind of relationship that runs deep where they continue to be a part of each other's lives. I pray that their love for each other is so strong that they can share each other's joy... and pain.
There are thousands of people who would love to have what we have, yet God has chosen us to be where we are today to share the joy of loving others. He wants us to love one another, to give ourselves to each other until it hurts. It does not matter how much we give, but how much love we put into our giving.
-- Mother Teresa