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December 09, 2008

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Dan Delavan

These are wonderful things to think about. (Humbling things to think about)

It is interesting that through the years, I have noticed that the statement "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree" doesn't make my heart swell with pride as it used to. (Why do we LIKE IT when someone uses this statement to praise us, yet DISLIKE IT when used to compare our children's weaknesses to ours? More and more, when someone uses this statement, I respond, "that's what I am afraid of..."

Unfortunately, often when we say something like: "I didn't raise you to do that..." the truth of the matter is that we may have TOLD them differently and RAISED them to do exactly what they are doing.

To bring this back to Matthew 21, as parents it is very easy to want a child that both SAYS they will obey and ACTUALLY obeys, yet we as parents are much better at SAYING than DOING.

What an encouragement it has been to our teenagers to have us "sit on the edge of their bed" explaining how Dad and Mom need the Gospel to work in our lives in specific areas. When they see the Gospel changing US, they are excited about seeing it change THEM.

I'm looking forward to hearing others' perspectives on this as well.

Molly

I keep reading and you keep asking for comments and I get so discouraged when people don't leave comments at my site, that I thought I should just say, "Thank you."
I'm a very weary shepherdess and really struggling w/ my expectations. And how to speak gracious words to adorn my teenage daughter's neck while she's learning to drive. So coming here, even if I'm struggling to figure out how to apply these truths, is R&R to this tired mom.
I also think I'm probably too prideful to leave a comment- what could I say next to you?
But again, thank you for being one of God's graces to me. I also loved all the Christmas posts!

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