I like to eat :) , which means I cook, and therefore ... I must grocery shop. I don’t hate the grocery store (especially when they give samples!), the relaxing music at my favorite store always slows me down — and I look at people around me. Lately, I have seen more and more mommies, with little ones, who do this:
Walk in — child on hip or by the hand, pull out cart, plunk child in cart, reach into purse or diaper bag for phone or ipad or any device with a screen, push “ON,” give to child, start shopping. No talking.
Have you seen this? Do you DO this? Believe me, I get it! We are BUSY - stuff to do, meals to cook, laundry, gotta get through this list, collect coupons,get home asap, go, go , GO!
WAIT! - Don’t miss an opportunity - A creative way to talk to your children about the Lord!! Deuteronomy 6:7 says, “Talk about Him when you sit at home, when you walk along the road, get up in the morning, when you lie down at night, and when you are at the grocery store! (I added to the scripture just a bit). And, consider Romans 1:20, “Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities ... have been clearly seen in what has been made....”
So what does this have to do with grocery shopping? Try this:
A great adventure in parenting is looking for and finding God is everywhere! One of Miss PattyCake’s songs says this: “Everywhere you look you see —in colors, numbers, ABCs — Everywhere you look you see, God loves you and God loves me!”
Now, were all my trips to the grocery a “glorious parenting experience”? Ha! No. I always hope for successful teaching moments, even the time my son knocked over a display and sent jars of spaghetti sauce crashing! What a mess. But I put on a brave face and said, "WOW! Red is everywhere! Clean-up on aisle 3..."
Photo cc by USACE Europe District on Flickr.