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Rules have never really gone well in my home. I tell the kids something and I am pretty sure their ears turn it around to mean the opposite. We have tried posting the rules, writing the rules, having the kids come up with the rules and well just about everything else. Nothing as of yet as worked. So my husband and I are constantly redirecting their behavior. Often times we end our evening conversations with, “if they would only do as they are told life would be perfect”.
Funny how our children can get under our skin with their defiance – with their need to test the boundaries. What is even funnier is that our children are getting their listening skills from us. This week as I read Exodus 16-20 (with the Good Morning Girls reading plan) I was reminded of my children. God would tell them to do one thing and BAM they would do another. God would provide them with what they needed and well they complained because it wasn’t what they wanted. Instead of talking things over with God they complained to Moses. Instead of following God’s directions, they did their own thing. Oh my word they are sounding more and more like my children!!!
And the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commandments and my laws?
~ Exodus 16: 28
Now with their actions in mind I wondered………..
How many times have I not followed God’s instructions?
How many times have I tried to figure things out for myself?
How many times have I taken my problems to other people besides God?
How many times have I been ungrateful for all the things that have been done for me and focused instead on what I didn’t have?
The truth of the matter is that we ourselves listen no better than our children. Yet, God continues to love us and provide for us anyway. He refuses to give up on us and continues to try to lead us in the ways that we need to go in. And just like we do with our children sometimes He must correct us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~Romans 8:35-39
So I guess that yes, our children do get their listening skills from us. Is it frustrating? Yep. Just imagine how God feels.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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