Memory Verse Monday
Monday is here again and even though it is a holiday, we’re still keeping up with our memory verse!
Colossians 3:20 – Learning to Obey
Today marks a weeks since my husband left for school in Texas. He will be gone for 2 (!) whole months and I will be left to manage the household all by my lonesome. This isn’t the first time that Tommy has had to leave for an extended period of time. Back in June, he had to leave for California for a month (read about that here). Things went south pretty quickly, mostly because each of us got sick, one right after the other, so we were housebound for 3 weeks straight. The other reason things didn’t go so hot, was because Mason started acting out.
When Tommy leaves, it throws a big monkey wrench in our routine. Daddy isn’t here to play or read or bathe or tuck in at night. He’s not here to help Mommy with the chores or provide her with a (much-needed) break. It’s rough. And I completely understand the reason why Mason acts out. He misses his Daddy and he doesn’t have the emotional maturity to fully understand how he feels or how to handle it. And that’s okay; he’s 3. I wouldn’t expect that from him. However, I DO expect him to OBEY. This is the reason I chose Colossians 3:20 for this week’s memory verse.
It Comes From God
It is impossible for any child to ever obey their parents all of the time. It’s in our fallen nature. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t train our children to obey. God gives us very specific instructions on this. It wasn’t only part of the 10 Commandments in the Old Testament, but it’s said again in the New Testament. This is something we need to pay attention to!
When Tommy is gone, Mason blatantly disobeys, he is aggressive towards others, and he especially challenges authority. This is the only way he knows how to express the way he feels. My goal this week is to show Mason that obeying isn’t a rule that Mommy or Daddy have made, but one that God has made. I will also be coming up with ways for him to express himself and let his emotions out without hurting anyone OR getting himself into trouble. No matter how he’s feeling inside, it is not okay for him to disobey me or other adults. But as his mommy, it is my job to remember that this is the driving force behind the misbehavior and to create a different outlet for him to express himself. Hopefully, we can nip this behavior in the bud and have a great 2 months!