#slowitdownSunday / writing sentences

Remember last week’s #slowitdownSunday when I declared our family challenge to go a week without arguing and complaining?

Update: As I sit here tonight, our 7 year old is writing the following sentence 25 times:

I will not argue with mom and dad.

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She even drew us a photo of her telling us no….nice.

It’s been a great week, obviously.

I can’t tell you that we all just got better at having a positive attitude this week. Yes, we were certainly more aware. But this, my friends, is an ongoing challenge.

As tempting as it may be to work myself up over the behavior of my sometimes out of control kids, I’m reminding myself tonight of what we talked about in Children’s Church this morning:

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Philippians 4:6 NLT
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Tonight, I choose this:

Don’t worry about anything (especially these kiddos that argue til they are blue in the face)
Pray about everything (even the smallest details that I think God could care less about)
Tell God what I need (cause I sure do need A LOT of help)
Thank Him for all He has done (everyday is a day of thanksgiving – God’s been so good to me!)

By doing the above, the Bible tells us that we will experience God’s peace – peace that exceeds ANYTHING I can understand. That peace will guard my heart and mind as I live in Christ Jesus.

So, as my husband threatens to pack up every toy in this house and put it away in the attic – I will take a deep breath, go through the bedtime routine, and hopefully slip away for a few moments to chat with God (possibly while in the bathtub ha!).

Be encouraged tonight that God is listening and His peace is there – just for you.

Proverb of the Day:
Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs. [Proverbs 19:11 NLT]

~Starr

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8 replies to “#slowitdownSunday / writing sentences

  1. Glad we are not alone in this battle. I am so happy to hear what happens in children’s church. My heart has been heavy for our children. Today. I just get tears in my eyes and my heart breaks as I think about the struggles they may face. Thank you for teaching them more of the bible. For giving a different perspective. And remember sisters (and brothers) argue. And we will get thru this-even if the kids have nothing!!! I did that to Josiah for 2 months. Helped for a little while. Praying for your wonderful family.

    1. Yes, friend! It’s funny – in Children’s Church the past few weeks I’ve gone away from our lesson books and just taught from my heart on what God is dealing with me on! 🙂 I totally thought of you tonight when Brian threatened all the toys to be gone ha!! Praying for you too and so very thankful for our friendship!!!

  2. I remember those days so well! I remember being in tears because I felt like such a failure as a mom. I’m glad it all becomes a distant memory as we enjoy the adult years! The heartaches are so different as we still want our children to serve the Lord, get along with others and avoid life’s challenges. God will get you through this time!

    1. Mrs. Freida your comment means a lot for me to read. My mom says the same thing, God will get us through this!!! Love you and everything you do. 😊

    2. Thanks, mom! You definitely weren’t a failure and I’m so thankful to have you in my life today as I learn all of these crazy lessons!! Thank you for always inspiring me!!

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