I am learning to respect the seasons. Not in a despairing, mournful way, but with anticipation and expectation. (I do not believe God ordains suffering, but he is certainly the redeemer and purpose-maker of it). I am learning to greet the seasons with Holy Spirit-led vision and expectation. Sometimes it's a season for big things and sometimes for small things. A season for preparation and a season for reaping the benefits of years of faithfulness.
God placed immense value on children/youth in his Kingdom. Psalm 8:2 (NIV) - “Through the praise of infants and children you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger." I have to say that I have been guilty, very guilty, of viewing my own children as distractions. As someone who appreciates and values order (a little too much sometimes), I've had to superimpose this Biblical truth over my own preferences