Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Spirit of Gentleness

Little Sister is a bundle of fun. She is full of joy and overflowing with smiles and personality. She also loves and loves "hard." To say she is a little overzealous in her affection to Little Brother would be an understatement. . .;-) We laugh and remember the abominable snowman from Bugs Bunny: "I will love him and squeeze him and name him George."

We are constantly reminding her to "be gentle. . ."

Yet, the Lord also has to remind me of those same words.

"Brethren, if a man (ahem. . .one of your children--Rebekah' s Summarized Version) is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted" (Galations 6:1).

As we teach and train our children, it must be done diligently, consistently, yet in a spirit of gentleness. And where should we place our focus? Things that get on our nerves? Things that inconvenience us? Maybe. . .but these things need so much more grace.

Our real focus should not be on what inconveniences us but what grieves the Lord. Notice Galations 6:1 deals with "any trespass."

And when we find our children in sin, He says to deal with it in that spirit of gentleness.

I mentioned this to my dear friend Mama Hen the other day, and she added what she had noticed in Proverbs 31 recently:

"She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness" (Proverbs 31:26).

May we love and train our children in a spirit of gentleness, kindness, and wisdom.

In the Heart of our Home,


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Family Treasures

What a blessing to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ with family. He is so merciful to train us in missions and service to others in the safety and security of those who love us, and by doing this, He gives us the strength and courage to reach outside our safe little box to serve and share Christ with others.

(Thank you Robin and Taylor for sharing your time and photography skills!)
In the Heart of our Home,