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Only A Few Years
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Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. (Exodus 2:9-10)
“When the child grew older…” How long did Jochebed have with her son? Commentators generally agree that Moses would have been weaned before returning to Pharaoh’s daughter. So Jochebed knew she would only have three or four years with her boy. What a wonderful blessing to have her child saved from drowning in the Nile, but what a horrible curse to know each day that she would soon have to give him up to another woman.
How do you parent when you have just a short time with your child? What things are important? What do you strive to teach them or pass on to them? Do you focus on the future or enjoy one day at a time?
These are questions Jochebed had to answer each morning.

Crowd Out Important Questions
I admit that my first thought as I wake each morning is not always the awesomeness of my responsibility as a mom. To-do lists, appointments, meal plans and school pick-ups often crowd out the more important questions of parenting. And though I do not envy the situation Jochebed found herself in, there was a focus to her parenting that I do envy.
Cooking, cleaning, band-aiding, hugging, washing, wiping and laughing are all important parts of our job as a parent. But it would be good for us to spend some time every once in a while reminding ourselves of why we are doing all this. To reorient our schedules and to-do lists and include time for teaching the morals and values and the dependence on Christ that we want our kids to know. It might be that we keep to the same plans, but we put a little spin on their focus.
I’m glad I haven’t had to hide my boys in a grass basket or give them up to live with a princess, but I, like Jochebed, know that there is something special about my boys. A specialness that comes from being a child of God and I want to keep that in my heart as I go through each day.

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