Sunday, July 6, 2014

Four

Fountains in Sundance Square
Our little girl turned four this past week. Crazy go nuts. Maevri is a treasure and it has been a joyful adventure watching her grow, learn, and find joy in the 'little' things. She is so sharp and imaginative. We constantly pray that God uses her playful personality and desire to learn to glorify himself.

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4

Birthday cupcakes downtown.
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. 
Philippians 3:7-8

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 107:1

Belle, your birthday fish.

Some funny Mae quotes recently:

"Hey Mom. Mom. Can you stop singing? I can't hear the song."

You and Deac were going out with daddy. He suggested you guys go on an adventure to the store. You subtly suggested, "Hmm, maybe we don't have to go on an adventure today. Maybe we could... hmm.... go to the purple store (Starplex Movie Theatre) and see Frozen?"

Endure

"Deacon, stop. When Mae asks you to stop, just stop. Do not hit your sister or pull her. Be soft."
"Do not yell 'no' at me son. It's disrespectful and you will get a spanking."
"You can't spray your bed with any of these cleaners under the sink. Please don't do that again."
"Please don't make me pull the car over, because I will." Yeah, I laughed at that one...

These past months have seemed pretty crazy and stressful. We're constantly challenged to not only correct our kids, but also to train and teach them biblical truths and why we need Christ every day. Our hearts are yucky; what a relief that Christ transforms us and promises complete joy in him and him alone.

I actually started this post a couple of months ago. I still pray for a 'parenting mind' that focuses on the salvation and hearts of our children. It's very easy to only focus on their outward behavior when we correct them and not always address the intentions of their actions (or mine, for that matter). I recently started reading/finishing a book on parenting and I'm challenged to point to Christ and see his love in all the little situations throughout our days.

"Mae, Mae, I'm sorry."
"Sorry for what?"
"For messing up your Play-Doh."
"Why did you do that? It's okay though, it's not your fault."
"Yes, it is my fault."
"It's okay though, I'm not mad at you."

Right before this conversation between Mae and Deacon, I hollered at Deacon from the bathroom after I heard Maevri scream at him. Hollered and screamed. I felt guilty for yelling at them, and was immediately reminded of the grace and love I need every day. Our kids should see grace and forgiveness in the times that we mess up too and I have to remember that. (We're all currently learning how to not sin in our anger...) I'm very grateful to see these little triumphs though. It's a picture of the victory we can have in Christ amidst the fights of our flesh.

"Train with this thought continually before your eyes: The soul of your child is the first thing to be considered. In every step that you take about them, in every plan and scheme and arrangement that concerns them, do not leave out that mighty question, 'How will this affect their souls?'" J.C. Ryle

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11