BECOME THE FAMILY GOD WANTS EVERY FAMILY TO BECOME.
As I sit here in my basement office, I am constantly reminded of my four beautiful children. Is it because they are always on my mind? Is it because I have a huge heart for them and my thoughts just easily make their way back to them? That’s partly true, yes. But not exactly what I’m getting at here. The reason I am constantly reminded of my children is that there is no insulation or sound-proofing between me and them. As I begin to train my thoughts on projects that I am working on (like writing this blog post), I am continually confronted with the sounds of young children. The running back and forth throughout the house. The crying and the yelling. The singing (oh man…the endless singing of the same choruses over and over and over… “Let it go! “Let it go! Can’t hold it back anymore…”) Now don’t get me wrong, I love it. I really do. There are times that I just stop and listen to all of the craziness in the rooms up above me and I realize that I am living in the very moments of life that many empty-nesters would pay anything to return to. I get it. But to be honest with you, it’s still pretty noisy and there are times I just need to focus and have it a little bit quieter. It feels this way especially when there is fighting going on between the girls. In our house, it’s rarely the physical kind of fighting, but more like the mean-spirited arguing and talking down to one another that we see and hear. That, or someone has made the egregious mistake of taking something that didn’t belong to them or they looked at someone funny. (gasp!) It’s in these moments that we (as parents) need [...]