Most people can tell FALL is here by the crispness in the air. The beauty of the leaves and the sunset on the harvesting corn. Yes, I too can sense that fall is here because of these things...but I really know it is here when my girls get all MANIC. Like clock work...October 1st hits and BAM...it is on. My gals always disobey and defy, but during the fall and winter months they bless me with an "extra dose".
It may be 29 degrees and they refuse to got to the bathroom, wear their coats AND shoes(don't worry, they put coats hats and mittens on when it is 90 degrees..hhhaaa~true story!)..they will shiver and scream "I am cold but I WILL NOT PUT MY COAT ON". And my answer to them..."well, my way would keep you warm, safe and healthy...but YOUR way makes you shiver, cold and sick...big bummer!!!"
All the while...my brain is saying...show grace...show grace...show grace...you have taught them what they need to do...but they have to choose..."THEY" HAVE TO CHOOSE!
I think about how crazy their actions are sometimes...not making any since at all...(wearing the same clothes for days at a time, refusing to eat and sleep for days) then I am reminded...how my own selfish ways must appear the same to my Lord and Savior...MY FATHER...resisting every thing he places on the path for me to do things the right way...I am sure he gets so frustrated with me saying...child...haven't I taught you what to do...but you keep defying me...over and over...then comes his loving hand and his GRACE...he floods me with it...I mess up daily, yet he loves me with out conditions...because that is what a good DADDY does.
So when it all comes down to it...it is total a HEART issue.(AKA for my girls AND myself)
So may verses have given me strength this week, but I will share a few:
But you are a shield around me, O LORD;
you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.
To the LORD i cry aloud, and he answers me fro his holy hill
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and
saves those who are crushed in spirit.