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?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."
"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."
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.