My daughter doesn’t like spankings. Brooklyn is by far the most dramatic about getting disciplined. She had perfected the pouch lip… you know the one where the bottom lips sticks out about 10 miles. The hard part is, I hate spanking her. She is our sweet little girl, and it is hard to discipline her when she is already crying so much.
Just as with any of our other children, Brooklyn needs discipline to learn right and wrong, and to obey authority. Foolishness is indeed bound in the heart of a child, and the rod will drive it far from them.
There is a huge difference between rotten fruit and good fruit.
Just the other day I went to get an apple for one of my children, and I felt something squishy in the bag! Apples are not supposed to be squishy! Apparently, one of the apples had gone bad and rotted. As apples work, one bad apple can ruin the bunch, and sure enough several of the other apples were starting to turn bad.
Clay is nasty stuff, until a potter makes it into a beautiful piece of pottery. The value of the clay is solely determined by the potter’s skill at the wheel.
My mother in law is a very crafty woman. I don’t mean she is cunning, shrewd, or sneaky, but she is literally good at making crafts. She actually has worked for years at Bernina selling sewing machines, and teaching classes on how to use them. My mother in law bought Evie her first serger and sewing machine years ago, and now our house is filled with machines that do all kinds of crafty things.
If you perty up a pig, it is still a pig. It will still wallow in the mud and get nasty. A dog will return to its vomit because that is its nature. False prophets offer false prophecies... it is their very nature.
We live a time when our world is full of false preachers who love to tickle the ears and pad their pockets. God has called men to be spokesmen for Him, and say only what He command them to. Unfortunately, there are men who not only refuse to say what God has said, but say the exact opposite. God’s position has not shifted with our culture or with a new era… He is the same, and His Word is he same.
It is easy to get indifferent or even vindictive with those who live in sin. They are warned from God’s Word, God’s man, and those around them who love them... and yet they still move forward with sin. The consequences are given and in love they are implored to turn from sin.
If you are like me, my tendency is to have a “well I told you, go ahead and make a mess of things!” Attitude. I wash my hands of the situation and person, and then almost feel vindicated when my “prediction” of destruction comes to pass.
The holiness of God demands God’s love and God’s wrath, they are inseparable and indispensable attributes of His character. I have preached on this in the past, and cannot seem to get this truth out of my mind. So many in the evangelical crowd cannot accept the truth that our God is a consuming fire Who will not ignore or “wink” at sin. EVERY sin demands judgement. If God ceases to passionately judge sin, He ceases to be God (which isn’t going to happen).
It is hard to bless children with rewards when they are being rebellious.
Recently, I purchased a small spinning wheel from Ikea. The original purpose of this wheel was to use during VBS each year, but I quickly found a great secondary purpose. I would use it with our children as a reward!
Water can taste very different, depending on its source.
As a teenager, I had opportunity to work for a man on his property. I cleared brush, mowed, did LOTS of weed eating, laid fence, cleaned fence, painted fences, and so much more. There really was never a shortage of work to be done around the property.
I hate playdough… I know, I shouldn’t hate something my kids love so much, but I do. Correction, I don’t hate playdough, I abhor it with deep and burning passion! Any time my kids play with playdough, we end up with an amazingly huge mess in our house. Worse yet is the fact that our 1 year old vacuum cleaner (also known as Maddison) eats any and everything that goes on the floor. Evie has yet to be too thrilled when she gets a hunk of playdough!
Jeremiah is the 24th book of the Bible and 2nd book of the Major Prophets. The 52 chapters of Jeremiah present a bleak and judgment filled promise for Israel, but also a glimmer of hope.
Jeremiah was a priest that God called to prophesize to the southern kingdom of Judah. Chapter one records the call of Jeremiah, and the majority of the book deals with his message of judgment coming from Babylon. Although Jeremiah was the prophet of God, preached the messages, and delivered the prophecies, a man by the name of Baruch actually penned everything down and collected everything into its literary structure (Jeremiah 36).