Thursday, February 17, 2011
I have learned a few things on this crazy parenthood journey.
I remember days, before kids, that I thought things like,
"I will NEVER spank MY kids!"
"I will ALWAYS be patient and NOT YELL!"
WOW...my how things have CHANGED.
4 kids and 10 years later...it is safe to say I have CHANGED MY TUNE.
Over time I learned that I do not have the answers...
I cannot truly parent these kids without help.
I cannot shepeard their hearts in the right direction....if I don't KNOW the rules of the "game".
Luckily ...there IS a manual.
There ARE RULES.
They are all neatly tucked into 1 book....the Bible.
Early on, I quickly learned that I would NEED some sort of knowledge.
A knowledge that goes FAR beyond, "I will NEVER...." and "I will ALWAYS.....".
I would need a WISDOM that goes WAY beyond anything I was capable of.
I turned to GOD....and his book.
I learned that patience and LOVE were going to be required.
It would be REQUIRED reading.......forever.
And believe me...over the years I CANNOT tell you how MANY times I have had to use
14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing,
We use it DAILY around here...seriously we START school off by reciting this TOGETHER.
And I use it when Malachi is FREAKING OUT.
I have found that there is NOTHING like a warm bath and Phil 2:14.
It works wonders....
It calms the mind and the spirit.
Over time I have learned that SOMETIMES- RULES DO help....