The hypothetical "Home Ship" can get a little messed up, and a out of kilter sometimes. When we realize this has happened, we have to work extra hard to keep a "Tight Ship". Once some lessons are learned, that´s when we all can sing praises to the Lord. Keeping a "tight ship" can Make Your Home Sing, as well.
What am I talking about? Well, I had thought that sending my baby to camp would help him cut the umbilical cord a little. I guess, I thought, he would come back without those difficult problems we have been working on for the past month... oh ok, for the past eight years.
However, he came back a bit of a wreck. Our "Home Ship" has needed some tiddying. Some "ship shaping". I felt low and discouraged, seeing some areas where I have failed in his upbringing. But I am also convinced that we are not going to give up!
Today,was one of those "Mop the deck, clean out the galley, and paint the hull" kind of days. I must admit, I got tired, I failed in my anger at moments, but God´s Word prevailed and gave strength.
We were consistant. We were firm. And with God´s strength, we made it to the end of the day with a happy "Tight Ship". (and one happier 8 year old)
They sang their camp theme song today in church. They aren´t smiling but they were concentrating very hard. They love this song. They have been singing it all the time since they have been back from Camp.
The song is from John 15:5 "I am the vine, ye are the branches; He that abideth in me, and I in him , the same bringeth forth much fruit: fo with out me ye can do nothing."