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I am happily married to an amazing military man who spent 9 years enlisted and is now an Officer in the US Army. We have two amazing boys who are not so little any more! They still infuse every moment of every day with creativity and energy, and make my life an adventure.  I was educated at home, and am now teaching our children - second generation homeschoolers! I try every day to become more like Jesus Christ, and to love like HE does. If you want you can try and catch me at bethylovesandy@yahoo.com

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"For the Lord gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6 NKJV 
The Message translation puts it this way "God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding."

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

2 plus alot = 8, and other things you can learn from your kids

Have you ever noticed that your children can spend hours sitting on the floor playing with their toys; army men and their fort spread across the room or Lego's and their intricate designs laid out everywhere. Yet when you declare it is time for the above mentioned toys to be put away though, they suddenly develop a soreness in their legs and backsides. The floor is so hard to sit on while gathering the toys into a pile, and bending over to pick up toys just hurts my legs and back so much mommy.
 Interesting... an hour of playing with the toys didn't hurt at all, but five minutes of cleaning them up might send you into the sudden need for traction.

 Recently when Zion did something he wasn't supposed to we sat down to talk about it. I asked him why he did it. (I can't remember now what it was he did... hit his brother I think) He looked at me in all seriousness and said, "My brain told me to".
 It was all I could do not to laugh.
 But in all seriousness, aren't our children perhaps perfect examples of who we are, and what we are still learning today?

 God blesses us with amazing "toys". Things that we haven't earned, because we don't earn anything. Things that are simply blessings. Our family. Health. Friends who love and support us. A job that pays the bills.
 We take those toys which we have been given and spread them out over the floor. We set up our intricate Lego designs of how we want things to look. The red blocks go over here and the really cool spaceship I built can sit next to it. Over in this corner my (brand new car) will fit nicely with the (third child we want to add to the family). Sometimes God comes in and says, "I'm sorry my child, this room needs rearranged. It is not my timing or design for your room to look like this, so clean up". And He tells us which things to put away. It may be the job we wanted, or health we thought was important but is actually just something of this world and really won't matter in heaven.
 Suddenly our legs cramp up and our hiney's hurt. We may have been sitting here, enjoying ourselves just fine for hours, but now that it is time to clean up... now it hurts.

 So, we pitch a fit. Sometimes a royal temper tantrum. God is all the way on His throne, right? That is an awfully long way away, so the louder we scream the better.
 He cares for the flowers in the field that are here today and gone tomorrow.
 And He hears the whisper of your heart's pain just as clearly as the scream of your anguish.
 He is not far away.
 Why do we do it? Perhaps because "Our brain told us to"?

 Let's not listen to our brains. They may know 2+2=4 and perhaps even the square root of pi, but they don't know the heart of the Savior.

 Listen to your Savior's heart.

 I do so love having children. They may wear me out some days, but they always teach me something.


Anonymous said...

Oh Bethany how I miss you. I read your blog every time I see a new story but yet I don't post a comment. I am not sure why. I love you and miss you so much. I miss how you are always able to make every experience a positive and I need to be more like you and and trust in what God has planned for me. I may have 6 wonderful kids but you are the one blessed. You will be blessed with more then you can imagine. I can not wait to see what the good Lord has planned for you in the future. You continue to inspire me and I can not wait until we are closer to each other.

Carrie said...

what a great lesson! you are so smart!!!!!!!!! :)
love you!

EmileeHope said...

I love Zion's answer! Too cute! (I can totally tell you are a homeschooler thru and thru. Everything (and every situation)is a lesson to be learned when you are a homeschooler!!)

Anonymous said...

O Zi haha...I love how you compared the cleaning up the toys to things the Lord ask us to put away in our lives for seasons. I'm totally experiencing that this yr. Its so hard going from dancing every day to only one =/ To help you understand the comparison it would be like someone telling you to only read 1 book a week...But I know I'm where the Lord wants me and He's showing me new parts of himself this yr that I wouldn't have learned.

Love you!!!!

Mindy M said...

wow! this is awesome!Thanks bethany!

Angelia Sims said...

They do teach us so many things. I love how children think. It's so fresh compared to our world influenced soaked minds. His brain said so, too funny.

Karen said...

Awesome analogy!