Why Won’t My Kids Listen?

Have you ever said the title line before your kids? I know I have said that about my daughter too many times that I have lost count. She can make me so mad at times that I would buy her a toy if she would just listen to me. Have you ever been in your bathroom crying, begging God to change your child’s heart so that they will listen? That they know that you have what is best for them in mind? That even though you say no as a parent for their good because you know there is something better right around the corner?

Wait.

I have to say I was there but did you notice something about what you were asking God to do for you with your kid? Aren’t those the same things He says to us? Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thy heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths”. Let’s now say in a way that might be easier to recognize.

“Billy, please listen to me. I know what is best for you even if you don’t see it right now. If you will just be patient we have something really awesome happening tomorrow and I can’t wait to show you.”

Now that sounds familiar doesn’t it. When I realized that I sound the way to God how my three year old sounds to me, I felt a little sick. I am an adult. I don’t throw tantrums anymore.

“Really?” I heard my inner voice say. “What did you just do yesterday when you didn’t get the news about your house that you wanted yesterday?”

“Uh.” I uttered internally trying to find an answer.

“See! you are no better than that little girl you are hiding in the bathroom from. She just wants to spend time with you, and, unlike God she can’t see you right now.”

So I wiped my eyes, got off the toilet and went back out there with my beautiful little girl. Because I realized that I was still a child in God’s eyes. I might be a grown adult in the world’s eyes but I am still very young in my faith. I have a lot of work to do so that I can be like the mature women of God I look up to, and I was not going to do that on my bathroom floor. I wasn’t going to do it blaming God for not giving me what I wanted and throwing a tantrum like my daughter had done for the twentieth time that day that had forced me into the bathroom to begin with.

What was I going to do? I have to say that I understand God in a whole new way after becoming a parent. I see myself as a youngster trying to please my heavenly father and getting upset when He says no. I am no different in how I talk sometimes to my God like my daughter talks to me. I yell and scream at Him because I don’t think He is being fair. Why do they have all the “blessings” and I don’t?

“Have you ever thought that you aren’t ready for them yet?” I heard my inner voice say as I starred at my daughter.

“Just like she isn’t ready to have chocolate right before bed. I wouldn’t be good for her.”

“Right, but tomorrow it will make a good treat and she will appreciate it then because she had to wait.”

“I don’t wait well.” A tear slid down my eye. “I don’t think it is fair how God works things that the faithful are not blessed but those who don’t do His will are.”

“I know, but you will see how it all works out in the end. He is still a good Father. He provides everything you need right now, and when you get the rest, you will rejoice even more than you would right now.”

I then felt a peace come over me. I knew that I would never not have another tantrum but I knew that I understood why God did the things He did better. He is looking out for me in ways I will never know just like I do for my daughter. One day she will thank me for all the hard work it was to raise her, but until then I will have to wait. I will have to wait on God as He reveals His plan step by step.

So I pray that you will be there right beside praying for maturity in Christ to handle the ups and downs of life. I pray for you to have a peace about where you are right now and that you will listen to the voice of God. He is there for you and He will never leave you. He is a good Father.

Fellow Christians, We Need to Stand Together

I have to say something that has really gotten me sad is how the church has reacted to the election. I have seen brothers and sisters in Christ just attack and hate on each other like never before. Satan is just having so much fun since he knew that there were cracks to begin with and he has used lie after lie to wedge a dagger right in between. I makes me sad and heartbroken that, instead of loving and accepting one another, we have turned on each other. This has to stop! We are the salt on the this earth and we are losing our saltiness.

If we don’t get our act together soon and actually act like Christians, then we won’t be able to do our part to make this country great again. We need to be the example of what we want the world to do. The world shouldn’t be held accountable because they don’t know any better. They are going to cry and scream because that is what their master is doing.

I believe that God has some really awesome things left for America so he is freaking out, but he has figured out a way to make God’s work less noticeable. I didn’t say that God still won’t work but it won’t be as noticeable or impactful as long as His kids are fighting just as bad as the world is. I can just see God shaking His head going “what are you guys doing? Don’t you trust me? I don’t think you do because you are not bending to MY will”. If Hillary had won then I would have had to accept it and know that was God’s will. I wouldn’t go crying the streets and breaking everything in my path. I didn’t do it for Obama either. But now the church is doing the same as the world with their response. How is protesting and making a mess showing the love of Jesus?

We are all still children of God and we need to start acting like it! Myself included because I know that I have said things that really didn’t help the situation, but that is enough. I wish someone would just appear and be like the emperor on Mulan and scream “THAT IS ENOUGH!” I know I personally don’t want God to be the one because I don’t want to have the smack down session that usually comes with that. Think about the Old Testament. Does anyone want to end up like Sodom and Gamora? I don’t. I want someone to say that America is a righteous nation who follows God fully and with obedience not only have a handful to be spared.

We are so much more powerful then we give ourselves credit for! WE have the Holy Spirit inside us and we can stop this ugliness going on across our country. We just need to be the ones to make it happen. We are can start rebuilding the bridges that Satan wants to destroy because he knows that his days are short. He is going to do everything he can to ruin things for God and I don’t want to have to explain to God why I didn’t do anything to help. I don’t want to be a supporter in Destroying America 2017.

I want 2017 to be a year of peace, love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self control. If your are a believer, these are the fruits that you should be putting off. I know that my tree needs to be trimmed so that these fruits will grow because I have fallen for the same trap the devil has set out for this country. The only difference is that I want to get out and crush him under my heel. He might have gotten me down but he hasn’t gotten out. And you can do the same.

So will you stand with me in the direction of standing together to heal our nation? I hope so because it’s the only way things are going to get better.