Memory Verse Monday
After a long break from our memory verse memorization due to my pregnancy, Tommy being gone for 3 months, and the holidays, we’re back at it once again. And honestly, this couldn’t have come at a better time. It has become quite apparent that we really need the Word to be recited constantly in this household.
I chose this verse for the week, not just for Mason, but for me as well. This is a verse that I know oh so well, but struggle with living in my every day life. I have a temper and I know it and my family knows it and Jesus knows it. I seem to constantly fail when it comes to keeping my temper in check. And I’ve tried it all, counting to 10 (or more), deep breathing, going to another room to calm down, etc. and nothing ever really works for me. My biggest problem is that I believe that these tactics will work immediately, but that’s not the case. Instead of waiting until I actually cool off, I just jump right back into the situation and then things REALLY escalate. It usual ends with me yelling and then everyone’s crying. Even me. Then I’m grumpy and mad at the situation AND at how I handled myself. And how can I EVER teach my kids how to handle their anger and frustration if they seem me blow my top?
The Take Away
Mason, being just on the verge of turning 4, is still learning about his emotions. Jensen aggravates and frustrates him and vice versa. Right now, at our house, we’re learning how to handle our emotions and what’s appropriate and what’s not. Mason has a difficult time with sharing (he’s of the mindset that what’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine) and not yelling, screaming, whining, and getting physical when someone (namely Jensen) interacts with him in any way that he doesn’t like. We are also working on what he should do when Mommy or Daddy (or any adult) is talking to him. He is very easily distracted, but what toddler isn’t.
In order to help Mason remember what he should do, we try to keep things to 3 simple steps. For example, when Mommy is talking to him, He needs to STOP, LOOK, & LISTEN. When someone “bothers” him, he needs to STOP, FIND AN ADULT, CALMLY TALK. Similarly, we find the same sort of steps in this verse. We are instructed to BE QUICK TO LISTEN, SLOW TO SPEAK, & SLOW TO ANGER. Easy to remember? Absolutely! Easy to do? Not so much. But that’s why God is such a good and loving Father. He knows that we’re going to mess up, but He still gives us chance after chance to get it right. And boy, am I ever so grateful for His Grace! Likewise, I want my kids to strive to follow these steps, but to remember that Mommy and Daddy still love them, even when they mess up. We all need to strive to live this in our every day lives, even when it’s hard and even if we don’t get it right the first few (hundred) times.