Living Lesson Books

Romans 7:18-25 (The Message)

17-20But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.

 21-23It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.

 24I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?

 25The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.

I am currently reading “The Power of a Positive Mom”by Karol Ladd and I want to share a portion that really stood out to me yesterday. This subject has been heavy on my mind lately as Axel is growing older and really becoming a little boy. I see him doing things that are recognizable as traits of mine or Andrew’s. Hopefully I can show him good lessons!

If you have not read this book I highly recommend it! It has really been an encouragement and inspiration to me in so many ways.

(excerpt from The Power of a Positive Momby Karol Ladd)

“Your kids are reading a book every day. Now wait a minute, you may be thinking, My kids aren’t even reading age yet. Or perhaps you are thinking, My kids don’t like to read that much. Let me assure you, your kids are reading a book every day. The title is Life’s Living Lessons and you are the author. Our children are watching our actions and hearing our words every day. They are learning how to act and how to live as they read us!

It is possibly the most influential book they will ever read, with the exception of the Bible. In fact, reading it is guaranteed to be life-changing!

What are some of the chapters in our Living Lessons saga? Hopefully, the table of contents reads something like this:

Chapter One: Maintaining Self-Control Even When You’re Tired and Frustrated

Chapter Two: Showing Patience in Traffic Jams and Grocery Store Lines

Chapter Three: Saying Kind Things About Others

Chapter Four: Telling the Truth, Even about the Little Things

Chapter Five: Helping Others When They Need a Hand

Chapter Six: Grumbling Less, Complimenting More

Chapter Seven: Using Table Manners and Other Forms of Good Etiquette

Chapter Eight: Obeying Traffic Rules and Laws

Chapter Nine: Praying about all Things, Worrying about Nothing

Unfortunately, many of our texts read a little differently. Can you relate to the following chapter titles?

Chapter One: Losing My Temper in a Frazzled Moment in Time

Chapter Two: Frustration and Anger in the Checkout Line

Chapter Three: Telling Juicy Stories about Friends and Foes

Chapter Four: A Few White Lies Go a Long Way

Chapter Five: No Time to Care, I Have Enough Challenges on My Own

Chapter Six: Grumbling Without Regret

Chapter Seven: Good Manners out the Window

Chapter Eight: Traffic Rules Were Made to Be Broken

Chapter Nine: Worry Now, Pray Later

Like it or not, our life is an open book, continually read by the little eyes in our homes. The lessons we deliver to our children verbally may be wise and good, but lasting lessons are caught, not taught. It is rather sobering to realize that all the “right stuff” that comes out of our mouths can be made null and void if our kids do not see good character qualities lived out in our day – to – day lives. An old Chinese proverb says, “Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.” Where are we leading our little flock by our example? How can we become better living lesson books for our children?”

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A Whole Day With Family

Ahhh… I’m tired. But it has been a wonderful day. We started out the morning by meeting Josh and Elissa at the Black Dog Cafe for some coffee and tea before heading over to the Farmer’s Market. I love the Farmer’s Market. It is so fresh and full of people. Ironically that is one of the reasons Andrew does not enjoy it as much as I do. Axel loves it too and his one request was for corn on the cob. His all time favorite food I’m pretty sure. So, we picked up that along with some cucumbers to make pickles with, some amazing hummus and some herb plants. I am going to start a little herb garden in some pretty planters in our backyard. A little late in the season I know, but the herb man (literally his title, I’m not being insensitive) said that I would have to bring them in for the winter anyway so I’m good. Now we’ll have fresh cilantro, oregano, dill, parsly and basil – the purple kind so it looks pretty in my planter:)

 

When we got home Miracle took a super nap while Andrew played disc golf. Axel painted Ella a few birthday cards and I made her a tutu. I also made a hair clip for her and one for Mira. They now have matching tutu’s. We all went over to the Castillo’s for Ella’s birthday party and everyone had a great time. Well, except for Ella that is. Poor thing wasn’t feeling very well.

Miracle in her new tutu

Miracle in her new tutu

The last few days have really been amazing. Miracle seems to be feeling a lot better after she was not herself for a bit last week. She is still really clingy but I think that comes with the age. She is a constant joy in my life with her sweet smile. I feel I am falling in love with her all over again.

The Smile That Stops Everything

The Smile That Stops Everything

And let me tell you, there is no doubt that she has her daddy wrapped around her pudgy little finger. Elissa caught this picture of the two of them smooching at Cate Fierro’s gig. Cate played on the patio at Eagle Street Grille Friday evening and it was a blast.

Going In For The Kiss

Going In For The Kiss

Axel has turned into a little learning machine. He is soaking everything up and is surprising me with some of the questions he comes up with at random times. “What do spiders eat?” “Do sharks swim?” He is fascinated by what other animals eat and do. His other big thing right now is about liquid. He was so curious that one day I finally got out a big tub of water and we played sink or float so I could teach him what a liquid is.

Spontaneous Facepainting

Spontaneous Facepainting

One thing that has been bothering me lately with Axel is that I seem to tell him we’ll do something and then we never do it. Simiple things like going outside or to the park. There is usually a decent reason for not doing them and he doesn’t normally fuss when it is explained to him but I am terrified that he will begin to lose faith in me. I have counteracted this by not telling him my plan until we are actually doing it so as not to disappoint him. The opposite end of the spectrum I know.  I want to be a mom who is true to her word. At our house a promise is a promise. We make sure not to ever say promise unless we really mean it. Sometimes I fear that backfires though. I want my family to trust my word without having to make me say I promise! Anyway, I came across a devotion that you mommies (and daddies) should check out. As for me, I’m off to bed!