And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies against whom ye fight.
Lately, I've had a tough time coping with my kiddos responses. It seems no matter how many times I have asked them to do something, or tried to instruct them how to go about something, they forget and kept going their own childish ways. (One in particular, just can't seem not to touch my things and 4 things were broken this week alone) URRRR.
I got to a point yesterday that I started making up silly songs in the car for them to hear (that is desperation people if you don't know). It went something like this: You are doing it the hard way hard way hard way, when I tell you the easy way easy way easy way. Are you every going to get it get it get it and listen to what I say I say I say....
Of course I got the usual eye roll and and "MAAAAMMMM". But it help me to laugh it out a bit because I really wanted to not be so nice.
Well, I think my kids were sensing and hearing for that matter that mommy was a bit over done in this department.
I got home and vented to my husband about the entire week of mess ups from my kids.
Well, he was just his usually, "it's going to be fine self" but I was craving something more.
I needed something to help me in the thick of my continually feelings of failure as a mom.
Last night we had a guest speaker at our Bible Study. I sat to listen (because I needed too)
and heard him teach on Joshua 10.
I was enjoying the study of course but when he read Joshua 10:25 a light bulb went off in my head.
Because over and over in Joshua, God tells Joshua not to be afraid. You see this same encouragement told to Joshua time and time again. Until, Chapter 10.... Joshua finally gets it. This is the turning point. NOW Joshua is sharing with his troops the exact scripture God gave him in Chapter 1.
Do you see it? Do you get it? I got it.... I am in it for the long haul. It's going to take time and many hours of reinforcing and encouraging, but one day YES one day our kids will get it.
I needed the reminder that sometimes immediate results aren't logical. Sometimes their little brains aren't in the capacity of understanding it all, nor have they learned certain behaviors right away because they still need to be trained, practiced, and given time for growth.
OHHH thank you Lord for that reminder.
I went and kissed them all and apologized for my lack of sensitivity lately. I realized though I understand I think like an adult and they think like kids. There is a period of growth and change that is happening and it was rather foolish of me to assume that they would change over night.
I really don't want them to remember a mom all stressed out, bent out, over down and charred like our tri tip last night. No!!!!
Patience is the key, Endurance is the answer, and a Continual Steady Constant Consistent Stream of Encouragement is what is need for Us parent and for our kiddos.
I have to say after Bible Study last night I am excited to think that one day I will have children that will pass down the wonderful things of life and godliness to the next generations.
Granted that I don't pass out on the way. LOL
Be blessed your Labor of Love is not in Vain. Just keep it in Love (that's the trick)
Can I get an AMEN!!!