Today’s Heartlight verse really touched me. Not so much the devotional, but the verse.
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. — Exodus 20:2-3
I have been discouraged lately. A few things have happened that I know are attacks by the evil one. I know he is trying to discourage us because we finally settled and things seem to be coming together with our church home. My hormones are finally getting balanced out, it seems, by adding a supplement to help my thyroid (did you know it can affect moods? That’s another day’s topic ) and decreasing my female hormones by half. I haven’t felt this good or this balanced in a long, long time.
And how in the world do I even describe what has occurred in Little Bit? He is a totally different child. Oh he still behaves like a 6 year old, but, except in the rare instance, it’s normal 6 year old behavior. It’s only taken almost 4 years to get to this point. Praise God!!! We have had many days in the recent past where he’s had no behavior issues, he’s reading on a regular basis, and he’s doing his schoolwork many days before I even tell him to start. I thought this day would NEVER come!!!!!! We went to a conference a couple of weeks ago that was excellent. Encouraging, and uplifting. One of our pastor’s spoke to Shane last night because apparently someone at the conference didn’t like the fact that we actually train Sweet Cheeks to sit quietly. If she’s getting noisy or too wiggly, we pop her leg with our hand (or we’ll pat our hand on her mouth gently to remind her to be quiet). So Pastor told us. He defended us to the Pastor of the other church, but it is still disturbing that in the one place people ought to understand child training they don’t. I guess this person would rather our children not learn self- control??? (all one has to do is look in the world around us to see that that’s NOT working!)
I’m going to expound here… we think we know what “person”‘ it was that made the complaint. (She gave us “the look” and I smiled back) I can think of at least 2 problems with what this lady did.
First of all, she did not make her complaint biblically. Scripture says “go to the person” then to the leadership. This lady did not do that. Shane was caught off guard last night when Pastor talked to him, and now he doesn’t know what to do about it.
Secondly, the lady was a black woman. Our children are black. We are not. I have to wonder if it was reverse discrimination because we are white with black children, and we are actually training our children in the nuture and admonition of the Lord. This would not be the first time this has happened… and I’m sure won’t be the last.
One more thought… children that are raised in the church are leaving by droves. Many children in the church are being taught cutsey Bible “stories” They are being entertained in “children’s church” they have more pizza parties in youth group than Bible study. Then they leave. And the leadership actually sits scratching their head because they’ve catered to these children and then they leave.
Do we really have to wonder why??? God does not generally use entertainment to call people to himself, it’s not generally when an adult is eating a slice of pepperoni pizza that one realizes his need for salvation. It is when they hear the TRUTH of the living God, that sacrificed his one and ONLY son for their sin. Plain and simple.
Dearest Father God, we will have no other god’s before you. You are God Almightly. We will follow you. We will train our children, to the best of our human ability, in self-control, to be kind, loving, and gentle, will we train them to love you with all their hearts, souls, minds and strength. We will do this in spite of the opposition from the world and from those in the church that don’t care to understand your statutes and your ways. We WILL NOT abuse the children you have blessed us with, but we will train them up in the way they should go…in Jesus name, Amen.