What is the heart condition? I am not writing this blog for the instructing of anyone else, so much as for my own musings.
Lately I have been hashing over the "chores" subject, and how to get my Little Bugs on board with household help. That has been a challenge (for various reasons), but that's NOTHING compared to the cultivating of a helpfulspirit, or attitude! My new friend Suzanne has offered some really practical wisdom in this area of chores: read "Scheduling Chores" and "A Spoonful of Sugar" at her blog http://thebeautyofitall-suzanne.blogspot.com/ Her thoughts and ideas get me excited that there's hope for our tribe!
Today however, I have decided to minor on the chores issue. I am battling a different enemy: one that has come against the spirit of camaraderie in our home. Would you know what I'm speaking of if I mentioned bickering, tattling, and other antagonizing behavior? If not, please go visit someone else's site! This is a humbling post!! So anyway, chores seem a little insignificant in sight of a greater issue - aheartcondition. Good days are good, and I always like to think that if we finally learn a lesson, it is learned. However, unlike our math concepts and spelling words, dying to self is something that needs to be learned, taught, and modeled over and over again. There is no room for complacency on this one!! I know we fight NOT against flesh and blood, so in solving this problem, I have decided to first face the issue as being a spiritual one. Even if the fallen flesh is blamable, O' how the Enemy of God would like to use it for our destruction!
Prayer. First and foremost prayer. Prayer for the souls of my children, prayer for wisdom for mom, prayer for a gentle spirit in training my little ones, and prayer for some creative practical application!
Game Plan: *I'm going to give my children more projects to do together in teams. *I'm going to keep them busy doing things for mom until they regard that as the norm rather than the exception. *I will spend more time on drill (drill being a time of fun obedience practice. ie "come", "stop", "sit", "stand", etc.) *Perhaps some rewards for excellent behavior are in order? I'm open for idea's on this one as long as it's not in the form of a bribe. OKAY! I'm all excited now - ready to get to work! Lord-willing, I will be able to tell you of a real difference sometime soon. Please pray for our family to have victory!
I will end on a positive note. Clayton offered prayer before lunch yesterday, and this is part of what he said...
"...And Lord, help us have fruit, and not be dead without fruit..." Colossians 1:9-10 "For this cause we also, since the day we heard of it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God." Thank You Almighty God, for your faithfulness to me!
When I thought of being a mom, I never dreamed of THIS! ~Five heart melting smiles ~never getting tired of midnight feedings ~having all the answers ~not minding dirty faces ~enjoying watching the boys eat! ~falling in love with pigtails ~appreciating overalls ~appreciating a washing machine! ~wanting to do everything better ~falling in love a million times