Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Magnificent Middle Child

2 weeks ago our second beautiful little daughter was born. Life is going great the adjustment for me has been pretty seamless. However; I can't say the same for my sweet little boy, now our middle child. He is adjusting. But the transition has been more challenging for him than I imagined. He has been testing me in every way. And I have been reluctant to discipline or engage him because I feel so bad for him in his new station in life. Yesterday I was reading The Word of God and opened to Proverbs 13.

The first verse is:
A wise son heeds his father's instruction,
but a mocker does not listen to rebuke.

then further in the Proverb it says:

He who spares the rod hates his son,
but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.

A good reminder of what I am here to do for my children. I am diligently praying over my son that he will heed the words of his parents and not be a mocker. And I have committed myself to discipline even when it is not easy and I will try diligently to be consistent.

I love this boy so much I want to raise him in a way that will be pleasing to The Lord and others can tolerate him!

Friday, February 6, 2009

I Hear a Symphony!

Before we had our third child I was scared out of my mind. How do you go about raising three individual with three different needs and do it well? It was even hard to envision having enough love to go around. Since we did not find out the sex of the baby I could not identify with this new person throughout my pregnancy.

I was amazed when she entered this world how my heart opened up and sang "I love you!" It truly is unreal how you are instantly transformed.

The vision or analogy God has given me for this new place in life is that of a beautiful piece of music. It is lovely when played just by a piano; but, the real beauty and power of the piece is revealed with you add a cello, and a flute, and a drum, and then the violin.
Our song was written long before now. God is slowly showing me His masterpiece and it is magnificent.