Once again, I feel the Lord shaping and molding me...He's still working on me!
His mercies are truly new every morning and I'm so thankful He gives me what I need.
The other evening Beth was doing her morning chore of washing the breakfast dishes. I've taught her how would be a good way to get them completed...fill the sink with sudsy water, fill it with dishes, and start washing away! But, she prefers to grab them one at a time and scrub them down with a scrub brush, then wash with the cloth. Anyway, I explained to her in a frustrated voice that she needed to wash them the way I have taught her. It would save so much of her time and she could be doing other things. To say the least, I wasn't very sweet. I'm sure I'm the only mother that has had those moments of frustration :o) (I know, I know, I should've been thankful she was doing her chores!)
The next day during my Bible time I read this verse:
and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
Wow! That was a truth I sure needed to hear! In my frustration and haste I didn't truly teach my daughter anything except "Oh, Dear, Mom's frustrated again!"
As the school year begins, this is the verse I want to meditate on. I want it to be my personal "theme" for the school year. Sweetness of my lips. I notice when I speak sweetly and lovingly my children's hearts are inclined to hear what I'm saying, and to do it too! It's a far cry from what our flesh tells us will "teach our child."
Lord, Help me control my tongue! I want to be a teacher to my children. Not just a teacher of Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, but a teacher of all things they need to live their lives to serve You...even dishes!