Teaching a young one

Today my husband and I were talking, or was it yesterday? Anyway, we do talk and were talking about our grandkids. We had 4 granddaughters born in one year. This year they are or have, turned 3. The oldest of the four was born in May and the youngest was born in December. The December baby is the one I babysit all week long.

Scout loves her kitties, but she can be mean and sometimes scares them, laughing about it.  So many times I have to tell her to be gentle that it hurts them, scares them or what ever.

When Rick and I were talking the other day I realized how much I use things to teach things. I guess raising 5 kids of my own helped me see this, but we realized that is seems to come natural to me.

Let me explain.

Several weeks ago Scout and I went to where my husband works to get the company credit card from the plant manager. I have a cleaning contract with the company and needed supplies. Tim was teasing Scout and Scout was not sure how to take him. Suddenly Tim said “I’m gonna get you” and started after her. She panicked and ran to hide, shaking and scared. We had a talk about it after we got in the car. We talked about being afraid and how it felt and how Tim was playing and not trying to scare her.

Fast forward to last week:

She was scaring the kitties and thinking it was great fun. One was hiding and shaking. I took the little kitty and we talked about how Scout felt when Tim was playing with her and how the poor kitty must feel now. Scout got the point.

Another example. We have a goat that is now an it. He came to us only a few days old and was bottle fed. Scout helped take care of him and as he grew he acted like Scout was his sister. He would butt her, try to play with her and as he grew was way too rough.

Jack is now over a year old and when he sees Scout he wants to play and tries to push her and butt at her. He will push the stroller with her in it, but gets too rough. He wants to walk with us when we go out on the road, but then thinks that part way down the road he should get in the stroller too. He will then try to push Scout or climb on her lap. (NO! I do not take him any more!)

Last week we wanted to go for a walk and Jack saw the stroller and came running. Scout got scared since he is too rough with her. I juggled the stroller out the drive and then carried Scout to the road and put her in the stroller. Jack wanted to play!

We had another talk about how she feels when Jack plays too rough and how Jack must feel wanting to play and not knowing he is too rough. We then related it to her and how she is with the kitties.

Good teaching is taking someone from where they are to where you want them to be. It takes steps and takes things they know to understand what they do not know.

Your children learn by taking the things they know and using it to making the unknown known to them. We need to be observant!  You have the ability to take teach them. So often we yell, criticize or put down because they are doing what they should not be doing.

Use what they know to teach them, it is much more relaxing and they do get the point.

Some Anniversaries Hurt

Rev. William G. Lewis

This year is a milestone anniversary year. A year I thought would not get to me since it has been “so long”. It has, and the last few months have been worse than ever.

This week was the 10th anniversary of my first husband’s death. You think that you have done all your grieving, all your pain has lessened and all the really missing gone. You have a wonderful husband now who treats you great and even wants pics of your first husband on the wall. Why would it his so hard? But is does.

On top of that, the very day this week, the day that is the 10 year mark, you find out about what could possible be some really bad health problems in a daughter. Some are connected to one of the same areas your husband dealt with. Then you find out that his grave stone has to be moved. Normally this would not be a major upset, but this week it made the wound in my heart even bigger.

Torn, hurting and trying to deal with it all homesickness for my kids became huge.

Tears.

Fears.

Hurts.

Texas heat headaches added to the mess.

The next morning I get out my Bible and feel the pain as I open it. What is my reading for the day?

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18:

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do he rest who have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

15 by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.

16 Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

17 Then we who are alive and remain will be in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

I noticed a few things. First it does not say not to grieve, just not like to world does. They have no hope, I know I will see him again. He will meet my current husband and know that Rick is the one that he prayed for over the last year of his life. Willie died “in Jesus”.

We also have a big event to look forward to. When the rapture comes (“we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.”)

There is comfort in those words. I grieve again, but with the knowing that the end has not come, there is more to the story, more to life and all those who are “in Jesus” will be together.

One thing it also makes me think of, the so many that are not going to be there when the rapture comes. The tribulation, judgment, and hell’s fire wait them. Texas is hot, I mean hot. We have been over 100 for days and days. I can’t stand it. Yet I know it is nothing compared to Hell fire.

Praise God no one has to face that, God has made the way to have the assurance of salvation and of joining Him in the sky.

Do you know Jesus? Do you have the assurance?  Will you be meeting me, Willie and all those who have gone before “in Jesus”?  If not please see here.

Grief? Yes.

Sorrow? Yes

Raw emotions? yes

Hopelessness? NO!

A Promise Made is…

broken. I know I was going to post about my vacation with my family. I promised in my other blog. I will, soon.  I always believed “A promise made is a debt unpaid” so it will happen.

There has been much going on inside me that I still can’t put into words. I am thinking much, discouraged about things in the world, in churches and in my own life. As I read and learn more and more of what God says I see how much I lack in my life and see how much the churches today are pulling away from Doctrine and what God’s word teaches and going the way of the world, but with a tone that sounds like it is right.

The Bible talks of the last days and what will happen to churches, pastor’s and people. Folks we are there! Frankly, it is both scary and exciting! Do you realize our Savior could call us from the clouds and we could be on our way up to meet Him in the air? This is next on the agenda!

Today I was reading in Colossians and came to this verse:

Colossians 3:17  “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

The bold is mine. Think about your day, your thoughts, your words and your deeds. What have you done in His name? Everything we do should be done in His Name. EVERYTHING! We so often categorize things. Some we just do not think about doing for the Lord. When we clean, who are we doing it for? Should be done to please HIM.

This chapter is interesting as from here it goes on to talk about family relations as well and then says:

Whatever you do, do your work heartily as for the Lord rather than men; knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.  (verse 23-24).

Read the verses in between as well, but I want to hit on what we do, all we do, whether it be cleaning the toilet, making dinner or teaching Sunday School. Who are you doing it for?

We represent the Lord in all we do if we are saved. He is coming again, and the way the world is setting up it will be soon. Are you ready? IS what you are doing today something you will be pleased to be doing when HE comes? Will the things on your computer please HIM?  Or the things under your mattress? Hiding in your garage?  Or the attitude when you obey your husband? Or your lack of respect for your husband?

Remember: All we do is for Him, and we will face HIM for all we do. Let’s do all to please Him!