Welcome to For Real Friday. The one day a week a share (maybe a little TMI!) about me and my life. But first, some stamping fun...
Stamps: Choo Choo, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Whisper White, Real Red
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots EF, Red Striped Grosgrain, Spiral Edge Punch
Sketch Challenge: CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY #145
Color Challenge: DIVA COFFEE BREAK DESIGNS #222
Theme Challenge: STAMPIN' SISTERS IN CHRIST #83 Make a card for a child
Luke 18:17 "Amen I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it."
I love participating in the challenges over at Stampin' Sisters of Christ. They always include a verse and a little devotion with each challenge. As I type out this verse, I can't help but think of the families in Brazil who lost their precious children in that horrible school shooting. My heart just breaks for them. What an awful tragedy. My prayers are with them.
In all my various reading this week, I've ran across lots of passages that talk about the things Jesus said regarding children during His ministry on earth. I'm guessing God wants me to sit up and pay attention for some reason. Jesus loved little children. He paid attention to them. He blessed them. This was out of the norm for the day. The disciples even tried to shoo away the little rascals, but Jesus said no, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Luke 18:16 We need to approach Christ with these same childlike attitudes of acceptance, faith, and trust. Notice I said "childlike" and not "childish". BIG difference! Maybe that's what I need to be learning this week, that I need to let go of my cynic adult attitude and come before God's throne of grace with the faith and trust of a little child. Oh, I have so much to learn!
Speaking of children... I had a not so pretty mom moment this week. I told youth pastor hubby that I don't think I will survive parenting teenagers. 14yo man-child made a not so smart choice last Sunday. Nothing that will put him in prison or even get him a detention. It was just one of those decisions that disappoints you as a parent. I did not give a 20 minute lecture on what a bone-head I thought he was (even though I wanted too!), but he knew I was not happy with him. When he was heading for bed that night, he came and gave me a half-hearted hug (like always), and a kiss on the cheek, and said "I love you". I told him I loved him too. As he walked away I added, "Even if you are an idiot." I thought I would get in one last dig for the day, just so he would know how disappointed I was. I was even more disappointed when I saw his shoulders slump as he kept walking. Why oh why can't I keep my mouth shut?!! Why did I go and have to slam him one more time?!! Did I really need to bring it up again? Get the last word? Oh what an ugly mom moment!!! I have been trying for many years to control my tongue, but apparently I've got a lot more work to do. Then to add salt to my wound, the next morning he posts on his FB page... "I love you, but your still an idiot. Thanks mom for the words of encouragement." So now the entire world knows what a fabulous mother I am!! What I really need to do is apologize. And try not to be so "childish". Oh Lord!! Please help me get through these tough teenage years and still have my children love me when it's all over with!
I've been doing lots of reading lately. Do you guys have any great books that you've read lately? I'd love to hear what's in your library. I need to head to work right now, or I would share more. Maybe next week.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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