Please Take Time

Years ago my children sang this song at a conference that I was speaking at. What a great reminder to make time for our children!

Taking time for the kids

Mom and Dad, I know you hurry through each day of work and worry
But this is a reminder that I bring;
Just a little time I’m small, seems like hardly any time at all,
Soon these precious years will pass and so I sing:

Please take time to play, take the time to pray;
So quickly time will pass and I’ll be grown.
Take time to hold my hand, time to love and understand,
Please take the time before the time’s all gone.

When my life was all brand new, God gave the job to you,
To teach me how to love and how to live.
Teach me how to kneel in prayer, believing Christ will meet me there,
Trusting Calvary’s price my sins were all forgiven.

Now while my heart is tender, you can teach me to surrender,
For I look to your example and long to please.
But the time will someday come when opportunity is gone,
And as the twigs were bent will grow the tree.

Please take time to play, take the time to pray;
So quickly time will pass and I’ll be grown.
Take time to hold my hand, time to love and understand,
Please take the time before the time’s all gone.

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4 Responses

  1. I’m sorry, but I don’t have music for the song. We heard it on a CD many years ago and we learned it from that. It is hard to know sometimes if they really need the time – but some kids are also more needy. I have found that often when my children were being more challenging, that many times it helped to just give them some one on one time. Probably the best thing you can do is pray and ask God to give you wisdom and discernment. Also, keep working on his character to help him learn about being honest, kind, etc.

  2. Do you happen to have sheet music for this song, or do you know where one could find the tune? Thanks for sharing. It is a ponderous subject- taking time- when one has many places their time could be spent, as you well know. How does one discern when a child is trying to manipulate things so they have control over everyone else’s time, (or when they are actually needy of more attention at that juncture) if their general bent is to be manipulative emotionally, dishonest, crafty, even a bully, and very self centered? This is something I am very burdened about, and a frequent subject of those on the spot ‘Lord, please help’ prayers. I never want to deny a child time, but I also cannot allow them to monopolize it to the detriment of the other children’s access to me.

  3. The Lord is truly speaking to me on this theme of time spent with my children. I really need him to show me how to give them my genuine attention, so they can know they are valued in my life. I love them so, and don't want them to feel for a moment that they are an inconvenience to me in any way.

  4. It’s so heartwarming to receive verses of encouragement from parents.. knowing that all the visitations and calls actually paid off.. 🙂

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