Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Open mouth...insert foot.

I've been a little worried about my youngest daughter lately. She recently started coming into the "big" service with us. She turned the infamous "13", so she is no longer in her tweenager class, while we are attending Sunday service. She sits right next to me now in every service. It's a little bitter sweet for me. She is maturing spiritually. But, I worry that she may not be understanding what the main service is about, because it's not quite on her level. (Maybe I'm just having an issue with her being a teenager...mmmm? Yeh...I'll save that one for a later date.) I just want to make sure that she "gets it". My greatest desire for my children is that they live the life that God has set out for them. I pray that their desire to serve Him grows with every passing day. I pray that they truly "get it". I pray and pray hard. We always discuss the services on our car ride home. When she was in her other class, she was bubbling over with excitement to tell us what she learned. She explained games they played, and even bragged that she would win most of them. Now, I have to ask her, "So, what did you think of the service?" "Good", she says. "Well what did you get out of it?" I ask her. "Mom, you were sitting right next to me. I got what you got."She explains. That's it. That's all. Gee...thanks for the indepth conversation sweetie. See my frustration and worry? She has been feeling under the weather lately. Runny nose, congestion, stuffy head...the "crud" as we call it, has taken over her frail body. There were a couple of times this past weekend when she wanted to go somewhere and we wouldn't allow her to go, on the fact that she was feeling under the weather, and we didn't want her going around spreading the "crud" to her friends. Of course, the tears would begin to pour out like Niagara Falls, and the wailing would echo through the walls of the house. "Amber gets to go. Why can't I go?" She would pleed. Aahhh...the joys of motherhood. I would then explain to her, their age difference for the thousandth time and repeat my "no" answer. She would then cry some more. I explained to her, "You are sick and I don't want you to get anyone else sick. It's best that you stay home until you are better." She responded, "I'm not sick Mom. I'm fine. I feel good.". All the while coughing and hacking, her nose running, and a little crusty due to the constant blowing of it. Her eyes were red and puffy. Nah...she wasn't sick...not at all. When I realized that was going aboslutely NO WHERE...I pulled out the "Because I said NO!" card. However, the other thousand "no"s didn't make a hill of beans...so I don't know why I thought this one would. This conversation repeated itself about 4 or 5 times throughout the weekend. "I'm not sick Mom. I feel fine."...I heard that about thirty times. And, when she couldn't get through to me...she tried it on her dad, "Bbb-utt, Dad I'm not sick. I feel fine." Yeh...he didn't buy it either. We were sitting on the couch last night, and the conversation turned to the message series that our pastor has been preaching on for the last few weeks. Her dad and I were discussing a few things about it. His message is titled, "Taming the Tongue". He spoke about how our tongue has the power to breathe life and death into a situation. He has spoken each Sunday about how we can speak healing into our own life, claiming good things over our health, finances, marriages, etc. The Word says we must speak our faith and healing into our own lives. Our tongues are tied to our miracles. Amen! My husband and I were discussing how we needed to speak healing over ourselves, because we were both feeling a tad bit "worn down" lately. We were talking about maybe, possibly, perhaps... joining a gym and begin working out together. You know...because two is better than one. And, if one of us were to...say...maybe, fall off the treadmill, the other one would be there to pick the other(me) up. (I'll let you know how that one turns out. Ehem...) This is when our sweet little 13 year old pops into the conversation, "That's what I've been trying to tell you guys. I'm not sick! I've been speaking healing on my headcold, but yah didn't want to listen. Yah kept telling me I was sick." Silence filled the room... It was at that moment, that I opened my mouth, and proceeded to place my foot into it. Yikes!! Well...if I ever doubted that she was "getting" the message...I don't now!

She's getting it alright...she's getting it.

Maybe...I'm the one who needs to listen a little harder.

Proverbs 18:21 There is death and life in the power of the tongue.

Romans 10:17 Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

Mark 11:23-24 For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, what things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them and you shall have them.

1 comment:

  1. The whole time I was reading I was thinking to myself that "she IS getting it. Tammy just doesn't know it. Kids just DO NOT share with their parents. That would just be THE opposite of cool. You've done a great job with your kids. You've impressed me many times over the years. Give yourself some credit and learn to TRUST your parenting!"


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