Thursday, January 22, 2015

Give Them Grace

It's been a ROUGH parenting day with meltdown after meltdown, and not just from the kids...ha! Just keeping it real. But somewhere tucked inside all the chaos is a chance to teach them about Christ's love. It's not always pretty, and it's certainly not perfect, but it is there if we look closely enough.

We had the opportunity to donate books to a mission project.  A wonderful lady in our community is starting a library for children in the Philippines, and she asked if we would be willing to donate used books.  OF COURSE!!!  For me, the chance to de-clutter was enough motivation, but more than that it was chance to teach my children how to give to others in need.

Another opportunity presented itself when Eli started having some doubts about playing basketball.  To ease his mind, I taught him Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."  I made him this little reminder to carry around with him, but the true lesson came one morning early this week when it was Eli's turn to recite the verse.  Every time he says, "I can do all things through Christ who gives me JOY."  

One word.  Changing one word completely changed the meaning and gently reminded me to have joy in all circumstances.   So back to today.  It's been rough...really ROUGH...but as I tucked them into bed tonight, I silently asked God to give me grace for my attitude today. I was reminded to given them grace too.

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