Once a month our church has Family Night where they creatively introduce a verse and a topic for families to focus on. There’s also music, dancing, puppets etc. (Yes, hubby goes too, and he’s even been caught laughing and doing movements to the songs, which is an absolutely priceless sight. Seriously, can you picture my husband dancing children’s choreography and shaking his finger in the air while singing “God is number one, yeah God is number one…! It’s great.) Last month the verse was Proverbs 10:9 and the lesson was on integrity. Both Brice and Trent have memorized the verse (although Trent might miss a word or two, and he sounds so darn adorable trying to pronounce the word “securely”). It’s been great because whenever they start acting up, or when I know they aren’t telling the truth I ask them to recite Proverbs 10:9 and they know right away what I’m getting at. It’s true… God’s Word is a powerful thing. (It seems to be working better than any of my “or else…” threats anyway.)
This month we are focusing on contentment. I didn’t realize just how much of an issue contentment is in our home until Family Night this last Wednesday. Since Wednesday evening we have discusses contentment A LOT. Tonight I took the kids up to Carlos O’Kelly’s and we had to talk about how they needed to be content with what I ordered for them because we could have just stayed home all together. And yesterday we talked about being content with our time limits for playing on the computer because we could just say no computer at all (they never really though of it that way and Brice was much more grateful of his thirty minutes after our little talk). Since Wednesday, I’ve realized that a whole lot of my struggles with the boys are because they aren’t content with what I am giving them, rather they are focused on what they aren’t getting and can’t have. I think that the whole focusing on contentment this next month is really going to be good.
On Wednesday they gave each person a contentment scale. So, we have been checking in with our scales and discussing the things we were and weren’t content with throughout the day. We’ve had good conversations about contentment. If you don’t already have one… you should invest in one a these handy scales. (Seriously, it totally gives you a WARNING and lets you know when your in danger of discontentment. Whoever came up with such a great tool? In all seriousness, the scale has been pretty neat to use.)
OK, so the boys aren’t the only ones learning lessons. Integrity and contentment are things I too need to be reminded about (anyone else?). And in fact, sometimes when I am discussing and disciplining my children God brings to my mind times when I wander the crooked path or am comparing and coveting. (The whole contentment thing is a big one… There is always something more I want and think I need.) The worst is when I am reminded that I had recently done exactly what I am getting on my kids for. But, I do love how God uses my babies to teach me too. It definitely keeps me humble and helps me to be grace filled in my parenting.
We are on our way to making Philippians 4:11 a truth in our lives.