Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Make them laugh

We read Ephesians 6 this morning.
snicker; quiet giggle; covert head turn
What was so funny?

Scanning...scanning..
Ohhhh

"Breast plate of ri-"
giggle; snicker
 " Oh come on! Are you guys serious?"

No - no, they are not serious.

But, you know what? I think they got the point.
At least, that's one they won't forget.

I had them color this picture- just in case:

Now for the rest.
Ephesians6:13-17 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.







Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Feeding my lambs

So I was up early in prayer this morning. Tammy tugged on my hair as I prayed. She is usually still sleep at this time, but , not this time.

As I talked to God, I said , "Father pleeeeeease, help me to exercise patience, and temperance, and gentleness with the children today. I noticed that recently I had been feeling a little more prone to frustration with them. I  am feeling short tempered and dismissive. When they asked for things. I would respond with carelessness. I would be tempted to leave them to their own devices, because I was feeling more "bothered" than usual.
God I know I need more practice in this area. I have learned to speak gently and quietly to the children. It was something I practiced, when it was easy and when it was hard, I practiced this- speaking quietly, yet firmly when I needed to. It is second nature to call them with names of endearment when ever I talk to them- "sweet heart" or sweet pie" or hon'bun". It just comes out. I speak slowly, controlled, levelled- it took years of practice. I do raise my voice, but not often- at least not as often as I may have used to. But lately, God, I am concerned about what I am feeling- so , tired, of taming my flesh.

Then I said " I love you Lord".
God responds, " If you love me feed my lambs".
SO I say "But God, what do I feed them?"

"Love", he says. "Love is not easily provoked, Love bears all things, Love endures all things- Love Gives."

And so , God did not say Love when it is easy to love. He said love.

And that is what I must feed my lambs, who will mature to sheep, whom I must still feed LOVE to.