We've had a busy couple of weeks. Nice. Different. Busy.
Rounding up the end of year festivities is always fun. Family parties and outings where we actually get to sit and talk with the folks we've served with, coached with and cheered with is lots of fun. It's also very revealing...
I learned of many antics my children participated in throughout the semester. Some initiating, some following and lots of opportunity for learning took place. I've spent the last two weeks punishing for past offenses and trying to impart life lessons.
I want my children to be effective leaders, submissive followers and Godly influencers. Whether they are iniating, participating, discipling or playing I want them to know they represent Christ and to feel the weight of that responsibility. Trying to teach them a now heavy burden will eventually become a light and very welcome yoke when Jesus steals their whole heart is not only humbling, it's impossible.
We had one such discussion yesterday. Both children involved took their consequences humbly and repentitively. I was encouraged. Seeing repentance in their little hearts is a blessing that I don't always see, unfortunately. They're all strong-willed, my kids. Discipline invites them to defy, seriously. Dr. Dobson wrote the new and improved version of The Strong-Willed Child with my children in mind.
The latest round of back-punishment happened after our AWANAs end of the year ceremony. I was incredibly proud of them. They each learned over 150 verses this year. Alyssa got her Sparky award to signify three years and three books completed, quite a lot of verses memorized! Memorizing an entire book of verses was challenging with our schedule this year but they all three did it! Julia finished her first Truth and Training book with Bible studies and memorization activities. Even Hunter completed his book this year even though he can't read all the verses yet, he can say them!
I have been begging the Lord to let His Word, living and active with the power to change lives, sink deep into their souls, motivating them to turn towards the Lord.
After, said punishments, we were sitting around the dinner table. Alyssa asked me what I would wish for if I had one wish. I told her that was easy. I wished that my children and my whole family would choose to love God with their whole hearts and serve Him for the rest of their lives.
Alyssa looked me in the eye and said, "I think your wish is coming true."
She told me that she loved God so much her heart was full. She had been telling me for days how she was trying harder than ever before to do the right things and be responsible. But to hear her confess a whole-hearted seven-year-old love for her Savior made my heart leap for joy.
Lord, may the seeds I've planted, watered and cared for so gently grow deep roots as they look toward the Son. Amen.
"I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my children are living their lives in the Truth." 3 John 4