Sunday, June 2, 2013

.pour your hearts out like water before him, o people, the lord is a refuge for us.


Amy posted a bunch of HYSTERICAL conversations between she and Matt and their kids the other day.
They made me laugh so hard I was almost crying.

What I found slightly... um? convicting? interesting? revealing? whatever?
was just how much some of these conversations resembled my own with God.

And by "resembled" I may mean, "word for word out of my journal". Yikes.


Me: Christopher, you need to stop arguing with me.
C: It's YOUR FAULT! I wouldn't have to argue with you if you just gave me what I wanted in the first place!!


Me: Yes, you can watch TV after you clean your room.
C: (bursts into tears) Why is my life SO HARD?! You get to do whatever you want and you never have to work. You just want me to be miserable. Why do you make me work all the time?!?! It's NOT FAIR!! (Wails louder) STOP LAUGHING AT ME!!!!!


Me: I'm sorry, you don't get a book tonight. You didn't get ready for bed in time.
Hannah: (bursts into angry tears) YOU ARE NOT FOLLOWING THE GOLDEN RULE BECAUSE YOU WOULD NOT WANT SOMEONE TO HURT YOUR FEELINGS LIKE YOU JUST HURT MINE!!
Me: I'm sorry your feelings are hurt.
H: THEN JUST GIVE ME WHAT I WANT AND YOU WILL MAKE ME HAPPY!!!
Me: Goodnight Hannah. I love you.
H: (very grouchy) Goodnight. I love you too.








 Hannah in my room at their house, 2008.

2 comments:

amy@flexibledreams said...

LOVE THIS!

So, my kids taught me more about God in the last 8 years than the previous 30 years of living in a Christian family/going to church/Christian school/being mentored/leading teens combined.

Barb said...

Loved this. It lifted my spirits and I really needed that this morning. My kids taught me a lot too, without even knowing they did. (that was the best part):
Barb at
http://barb.letschat.blogspot.com

Human Needs Global Resources Covenant, 2009

As fellow travelers on this journey, we commit to this covenant before God. Lord, in Your mercy, hear these our prayers:

When confronted with scarcity, need, and inadequacy, may we be nourished by the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. Abundance overflows from Your table, sustaining all who come in faith. Father, help us.

When monotony blurs our vision and dulls our senses, may we encounter others as Christ did, through intentional presence in daily life, submitting as clay to be formed into vessels filled with the Spirit. Christ, guide us.

When wounded by the fractured condition of Your people, may we be united by Your Lordship in faith, hope, and love; seeing, as through the facets of a diamond, the beautiful spectrum of Your light reflected onto Your holy Church joined in praise. Spirit, empower us.

When all Creation groans, afflicted by injustice and driven to despair, may the promise of redemption root us in the hope of Your Kingdom: "Behold, I am making all things new!"

Holy Trinity, send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve You with gladness and singleness of heart.

Amen.