Monday, January 19, 2009

Week 2 - Converstaions with God

This week has been a very "real". Child #2 has cried out for much additional attention, and she cries for it very literally - whining....all the time...over nothing...except, of course, because she needs attention. Needless to say, I can get very impatient with this approach to wanting my attention, and thus the title for today's blog: Conversations with God.

After yet another episode of child #2 falling apart, I put her in time out and went to hide in the laundry room. There I prayed,
"Lord, pleeeeeeease help me deal with this child." His reply?

"Love her as I love you."

Me: "Really, Lord? Why are you telling me this?"

God: "Because you asked." and really, just the other day I prayed for wisdom on how to love child #2 with the Love of Christ.

Me: "But I can't. I am weak right now."

God: "In your weakness, I am strong."

Me: "I can't do it."

God: "You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength."
At this point, I thought, "Boy all these answers are coming fast." And God said, "You put her in time out. I only have 4 minutes to work with."

In my own little way, I finally understood what relying upon HIS strength really meant. I had nothing to give, and yet when that 4-minute timer went off, I found myself with a little 4-year-old girl in my lap getting the attention she needed with a heart ready to hear my instruction about "obeying even when it's hard." Funny, how we can preach to ourselves as we teach our children.

Enjoy the pics! They're just a snapshot of the life of our household over this last week.

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