Church with Babies

My bed is warm and I roll over to the alarm clock as my pastor husband is already out the door. 
It's Sunday. 
The dilemma.
Do I have the energy to do this day?

"There is no point going to church today. I'll spend the entire time in the lobby or nursery. It's too hard to get them all ready by myself. I have no cute clothes. I'll just be rocking and changing and quieting them stressed out there instead of here. I'll just stay home." 

It's easier. I get it. 

It's easier than dragging, getting dressed, feeding, and buckling in three or four separate times. 
It's easier than wrangling twin toddlers into a stroller while I babywear the newborn-all of whom are crying right now and making it there by 10am. 
It's easier than stressing out they will get too loud at any moment but they won't stay in nursery. 
It's easier to just listen to a podcast at home alone. 
It's easier than finding clothes that aren't wrinkled, spit up on or even fit for that matter. 
It's easier to stay home but it is also lonelier.

Taking your babies or kids to church is worth it momma, hands down. Is it hard? Yes. So stinking hard-it should be an Olympic sport-I literally sweat doing every diggone week. 
So why? Why should you put yourself through this? 

It teaches your kids that Jesus matters. 
You are showing them that even when life is heavy and hard and messy, Jesus is where you run to. 

It teaches your kids that community matters. 
From the "hello" to the other Mom baby wearing to the kids who play with yours in nursery. You and your kids will meet people who can become your village. People who will support you, whom you can also support and who make you feel normal.

It teaches your kids how to be with and love other people. 
It teaches the church that little voices are signs of life and future. 
It forever ingrains Bible stories and songs on your kids heart they will glean on into adulthood.
It teaches you that you can do this Olympic sport with God's help. 
It makes you stronger each time.
It gets easier each time.

You are learning and growing and pushing through when it seems like you just can't anymore--simply by going to church. You are letting God use you as a parent to model to your children how to live fully alive in Christ. 
You are teaching them to love God and love people. 
You can't do that well at home in your pajamas. 
Your kids need you here, the church needs you here, Jesus desires to meet with you here. 

If you get to sit in service alone for 5 minutes, if you stay in nursery the whole time, if you walk the halls the whole 60 minute service, if your son only cries 5 minutes instead of 10-victory. Victory. 
You made it, you showed them to run to Jesus. You all took one tiny step closer to Jesus. He smiled down on you all with joy. You trained them, you grew. Keep going to church and know I am with you and for you and cheering you on.  
It's worth it. 

Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift?
    the fruit of the womb his generous legacy?
Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows
    are the children of a vigorous youth.
Oh, how blessed are you parents,
    with your quivers full of children!
Your enemies don’t stand a chance against you;
    you’ll sweep them right off your doorstep.
Raise those arrows momma!


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