Monday, November 29, 2010

This Week's Verse

The kids don't have last week's verse completely memorized, but they can fill in the blanks and understand the content. We'll keep plugging away at it. We know it as a scripture song and that helps and I am teaching them to use it in their prayers.

We don't do well with long verses, but I know we need to understand the concept of planting what we want to harvest. The twins are very familiar with the gardening process and we'll take advantage of their knowledge base to drive home the lesson they so need to learn. Depending how things go we might only learn the first verse and save the second one for another time.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: 
for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap. 
Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; 
whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

Galatians 6:7,8

We are enjoying some peace with the kiddos. We go over our verses again and again and I point out how it relates to their experience at the very moment and where their choices will lead. I deal swiftly with rebellion. They don't get away with "white lies" or "pretending" or any act calculated to deceive. It's particularly difficult to know what is going on with Buster because when caught he will agree with every scenario you present. If you ask if he lied he will say yes. If you reverse the question he will say yes. If you come at it from another angle he will agree with you. He's missing the connection there somehow. I don't want to falsely accuse the kid so I have to be dead certain and sometimes I just have to let it go - but usually if it was deceit it comes around again and someone will usually clue in.  For Missy it is black and white. She deceives deliberately. She knows exactly what she is doing, but when caught will own it.  I see progress. It's so easy, though, to slip back into old habits that I must stay on top of everything at all times or they take full advantage. Their hearts are softening... but the old ways are ingrained.

My biggest quest is how to help them "see" Jesus for themselves. How do I make Him real to them.  Right now to them it seems like a bunch of stories and I want more for them. Even the stories get mixed up. She say the baby Jesus in the nativity and called him baby Moses. When asked who Joseph was he said he was a boy with a striped coat.

Missy is having a trial with her gut.... For two days I've been concentrating on emptying her out. She goes, every day, but obviously not enough. She's on a lot of fluids and fiber and made to sit  a half dozen times a day. We may be revisiting mirelax.

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