Middle Child Theory Lesson by Laura Shaw
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"For in Him we live and move and have our being."
Acts 17:28a (NIV)
All day, getting ready for a long trip and feeling heavily ignored, she vied for my attention, and she
managed to get it…the WRONG way. Just as I thought I had a moment of escape to run a a last-minute
errand, the Lord spoke to my heart: “Take her with you. The alone time will do you good.”

Noooooooooo, I want to be alone. I felt a stronger urge from Him, and I obeyed (this time).

By the end of our outing, she was cheery, loving, affectionate and compliant. She had one question and
gripe after another for me, because she had been waiting to get me alone. Deprived earlier, she was now
able to get her fill. I was actually refreshed afterwards too. It felt so good to see a smile on her face planted
there from her heart.

I couldn’t help but reflect on our experience this evening during my own aloneness with the Lord. I am His
middle child. When I don’t have the perfect amount of alone time with Him, I am miserable—squawking,
moaning, whining, ungrateful…unholy. I desperately need my alone time with my Heavenly Daddy. It is
absolutely essential for me.
So hopefully, as I head to the mountains…I can experience some extraordinary alone time with Him. And
may I be quick to listen when He asks me to give some of that back to my own family.

Guess what…YOU are His middle child too. Be ever mindful of your need to be up close, personal and all
by yourself with Him, whether in a beautiful place or in the middle of your living room.  He will give you just
what you need to keep your heart humming for all to hear. He is your Lifeline to love, to joy, to peace, to
patience, to kindness, to goodness, to faithfulness, to gentleness and to self-control.

Together, let’s prove the middle child theory wrong, shall we?

Over and over again.
Over and over again.

It’s a pattern.

My middle child starts acting up. I’ve tried to convince myself that the middle child
theory is just that—a theory…but she works to prove me wrong. Deeply longing
for my attention, she does not always go about the right way to receive it. And as
if it were my first “aha” moment, I realize that some alone time would do us some
good.  This evening was just one of those moments.
“You have made known to me the paths of life;
You will fill me with joy in Your presence.”  
Acts 2:28