Every time Jack needs to go upstairs to “sit on the potty” I follow him in anticipation of receiving my next blog idea, and well…he did it once again. He goes in the bathroom, shuts the door and turns on the fan. Something to this ritual helps him really focus and get the job done. I lean my ear up to the door like only every good mother would do and listen intently. Jack has recently been asking about all of the animals at the zoo and if they will be nice in heaven, especially the polar bear from the Tulsa Zoo that recently went to heaven, which should explain the first part of his thought process, but the rest just amazed me…too sweet not to share, so here it is.
“God, will you take care of the polar bear? Ok, thanks.”
“God, just forgive us, forgive us and send your angels, just send your angels. Thank You God.”
I hear a kid crying out for his generation already!
I will never get this day back, so today I choose to do my work as unto the Lord and not as unto men or their expectations, or even what I think others expectations are of me and I will make the most of every opportunity!
“Too often, we Christians expect life to be perfect and for everything to go smoothly for us. We expect success, happiness, joy, peace, and everything else. When we’re thwarted, we pout or complain. Although God does want us to have a good life, there will be times when we must be patient and endure not getting our way. These ‘dissappointments’ test our character and level of spiritual maturity. they actually show whether or not we truly are ready for promotion….The big mistake was to say we deserved it (something good to happen), because then self-pity creeps in when we don’t get what we want. We can take that attitude, or we can recognize that we have a choice. I can choose to accept life the way it is and make the best out of it, or I can complain because it isn’t perfect. The secret of the Christian life is that we commit ourselves fully to God. If we surrender our wills to God, what happens doesn’t make us angry. If God doesn’t give us what we want and ask for, our faith is strong enough to say, “Not my will, but Yours.”
…….taken from Joyce Meyer’s Battlefield of the Mind Devotional
We were playing in the boys room the other day and Jack was working very hard to find all of the little people that we own. I looked over and he had arranged them just so on the little table by his bed. Very interested I asked, “What are all those people doing?” He said, “It’s Heaven on Earth.”
Matthew 6:9-15 “This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”