I know that I struggle with this the most when Scott is on the road – hence my request this week. We just got home from a crazy whirlwind road trip (4 days in the car and 36 hrs. at our destination — all a day after I had the flu). We had an amazing time with our family and the wonderful people we met! Still, coming home to a huge list and a super busy week, with one day turnaround before Scott had to hit the road again, I knew my fuse was going to be short! Just thinking about juggling the responsibilities that lay before me, I was growing impatient. And, perhaps you’ve heard the saying, ‘there are two cardinal sins from which all others spring: impatience and laziness.’ I’m not sure I agree with the sentiment. However, I do know that in my own experience, when I am impatient, I am more quick to snap at my children and destroy that goal of peace that we are striving to maintain in our home.
So, I asked for prayer, and I prayed, and prayed, and prayed… that the Lord would give me grace and help me to keep the law of kindness on my tongue!
I am so thankful for God’s grace, and for His promise that, “He who began a good work in me will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Phil. 1:6
The other day I overheard my kids talking. Rebekah was saying to Danny, “Daniel, I really appreciate having you for a brother. You’re kind, intelligent, and you love the Lord.”
Ok, so my jaw dropped a little. Yes, Rebekah tends to be super sweet, and I do believe she has the spiritual gift of encouragement (which, by the way, is awesome for a parent. Anytime I feel down, I just go find her for a little chat), but I still was caught off guard to hear that. Pretty sure I said nothing of the sort to my sisters growing up. Especially not in middle school!
And then today, Danny called home during his lunch break (he was at a conference). “Mom, I just called so you could tell Rebekah that I am really sorry to be missing her basketball game. I wanted her to know that I am thinking of her and wish her the best!” The jaw dropped much farther this time!
You would think that with such amazingly sweet kids I would have no problems being patient with them. Oh, but I just so don’t get these strange things that teenagers do that make no sense whatsoever to me. And I really did lose it this morning, when the man/boy/creature stayed in the shower for almost 1/2 hr., saved me no hot water, and appeared 3 minutes after we were supposed to be leaving. With teeth unbrushed. With hair uncombed. With no shoes. I didn’t even bother to ask about deodorant. I don’t think I would mind so much, had we not had the same conversation at least 100 times before! Yet still, he called home today, and in front of his friends says, “I love you, mom.” I seriously think the whole thing did not even hit his radar!
pictures from our trip to Georgia last week*