This is how it's supposed to be!
I was in my mom's house the other day and I happened to look at a shelf that she has over her dining table. It was different than I had seen before. There used to be knick-knacks on it. Oh, sure! They were cute things, but what was there now struck me as very powerful.
Two pictures. Top shelf: Jesus. Bottom shelf: my daddy.
I thought, this is how it's supposed to be! Jesus first, then your husband......then, and only then, your children.
Ben and I go on a lunch date every week. EVERY week. Most of my children understand this well and like it....or at least don't complain any more. One of my children hates this fact. I don't think that it's really hatred as much as jealousy. This child wants me to have more of my time. Sharing is not a positive word in this child's world. Ben and I have kept our dates. We prioritize our marriage. We know that someday our children will be gone and we still need to enjoy each other, love each other, and even more importantly, LIKE each other.
So, I will remember the lesson my mom has taught me, and do my best to pass it along to any who will listen.
Jesus, husband, children, all others. Period.