Thursday, December 15, 2011

Time Out

So, this is not the next post I was planning to publish. But it's on my heart and I feel like I need to take a time out and think about it. Literally, my kids should probably give me a time out.

I've been really rude to my kids lately. My tongue has always gotten me into trouble, but lately I've noticed  a slew of nagging remarks coming out of my mouth, none of which is uplifting or encouraging. As soon as I rudely address the issue at hand, like the messy room, the lack of "kindly" sharing, the rude words to each other, I notice the countenance drop, and the anger rise. Honestly, I'd get angry too if my mom was nagging me like that (and for the record, I don't ever remember my mom nagging me the way I nag my children).

Truly, I'm stirring up anger in my children. How wrong is that? It's wrong. I have these precious little creatures before me, learning from me (and oh baby, do they learn from me--do I ever say anything nice?) And here I am teaching them that God says to "be kind," and that it's a sin to be angry.

James 3:10 says, "Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so." period.

So, all you sweet mommas out there. I venture to say some of you struggle with the same thing. So how are we gonna speak to our little blessings today?

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8,
"Love is patient, love is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails."
how could anyone be rude to these sweet chickadees?

4 comments:

Sharon said...

You have no idea how much I needed to read this this morning. Thankfully we have a heavenly Father who forgives and we get to start over each day.

Denise said...

Are you sure that you don't have a hidden camera set up at my house?!?!? I say we ask each other how we are doing... are we pursuing the be kind and sweet and loving and remembering to shower them with the grace and mercy the Lord has showered upon us?

I am so very glad you are back in blogland. So very glad. :)

kat said...

I understand. Thank you for sharing. I will do my best to lift you up in prayer.

Sara said...

Many of the same thoughts convicting my heart the last few weeks. I will pray for you every time I pray for myself!!
By the way - is Julia wearing flip flops while you shop for a Christmas tree? That's pretty funny!