My children were wonderful this afternoon! Until we got home. Then after things settled down a bit, we sat down to watch Disney’s Earth. All went fairly well until the movie got done. Then one child got disobedient while the other one became disrespectful and defiant. I think that my husband is feeling weary from the difficult weekend and I know that I am. I am hoping for a good day tomorrow, but just in case, I’m going to remind myself of this:
Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
Thomas A Kempis
Wow, that’s a really great reminder. Especially since I’ve found myself stumbling around in the flesh repeatedly this last week! I wonder if God is as exasperated with me as I am with the boys? Thankfully, I know that He’s not. He is kind and patient. Slow to anger. Abounding in steadfast love!
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
Sigh… How I would like to be like that with my kids. I’m not. I get angry easily. I have very little patience. Especially with Ryan. Mercy definitely does not come easily in my dealings with the boys. Lord, make me more like You! Give me the will to follow where Your Spirit leads. Let the boys see You in my life, not the old man that is battling for control. Grant me humility to love and train these children in the same manner that You love and train us.