While the men are away the children will play. ???I don´t think that´s how the saying goes exactly. But... That´s how it was today in my home. It is so hard to be "the heavy" especially when we are trying to have fun.
My boys and I had a good day over all. As there was a Men´s 24 hr. prayer conference in Madrid, My husband went the 5-6 hr trip down, leaving me to rough house, referee, bandage, and serve penalties. I know this may be a norm for some households but, we work as a team. When he is not here it´s as if the boys gang up on me. I know, I know it´s not as bad as it sounds and we did have some really special moments. I pray they remember them.
They went to bed at a late late hour, their usual friday night extention, and I sat down to sigh, and listen to the quiet. It is in this moment that their little faces come before my eyes. Sometimes with smiles, but mostly what is pictured in my mind´s eye are the times I have had to discipline them, their up turned faces with saddness at having disappointed me. The hard but true reality that life is not all fun and games.
My prayer, "Lord, am I doing it right? You said in your word to instruct, guide and discipline our children. It seems so hard sometimes. I know you understand because I fail you as your child. - It hurts. Please, Lord , give me wisdom as a Mom to know how to coninually be consistant and loving to my boys, and help my boys to accept correction and learn from it. Help them to also remember those times as good times. In Jesus name, Amen."
Verses I quoted or refered to today to my boys and to myself,
Proverbs 14:1 - A wise woman builds her home up.
Proverbs 8:33- Our children need to hear and accept instruction.
Proverbs 6:20- Our children need to heed to that instruction.
Proverbs 29:15 - A child left to himself bringeth his mother shame.
Proverbs 22:15 - Lovingly drive the sinful foolishness out of their hearts.
(not the childish quirks)
Proverbs 13:24 - True love sets limits and sticks to them.
last but not least...
Exodus 20:12 - the importance of respectful loving obediance... not dictatorship.
(this is a must)
(this is a must)