I sure seem to have an abundance of one and not the other! I used to think I was a patient person and then I had chldren. I read some where that each child we have helps us be conformed to the image of Christ. When I have a cold I find that I am more short tempered than usual. I need to be praying. I don't want my children to grow up and remember how grumpy mom was. I hope they grow up remembering they were allowed to shoot BB guns and dig holes and get dirty. I want them to remember listening to the Bible with their daddy. It helps me to gain perspective when I think about the fact that one day they will all be grown and gone. I will have clean cabinets (that are shut) and no ring of dirt in the tub. I might be able to harvest fruit from the vine because it wasn't picked before its time. I won't be peppered with requests to help find the nasty bug that got loose in the house or have to wonder what Fireball is doing. I am sure I will look at my small pile of put away laundry and call the kids to beg them to bring the grandkids over.
The Ole Daddy Rabbit has started his own blog. I am not too sure how to link to it. I know I can get there from here, but I don't know about the rest of our vast reading audience. It is pretty neat though. He is especially smarmy about his wife. When we were first courting (or whatever you want to call it) he was memorizing the Gospel of John. We would drive in his truck and he would quote all he had memorized. He is now working on it again. It sure takes me back to those days. Of course, we have windows in the van and quite a few more kids. I think we need to remember those times as couples. It is so easy to dwell on the negative and we can get stuck there. The Bible says to think on things beautiful, lovely and noble. I need to do that with my children and also with my husband. The more I think about the good things the more handsome he looks and the more I believe in him for good things for the future. Most of all I need to trust the Lord. I can do nothing, my husband can do nothing etc., etc., etc. without the Lord. We only have good intentions. My friend and I have gone through the Excellent Wife book. Martha Peace suggests a list of good things to do for our husbands. The top of the list is pray for him. I think that is an elementary one, but I know I don't do it enough. He has such a hard job-not the one at the mill. He is to lead his family, love his wife and train his children. That is a heavy responsibility. I need to uphold him in prayer first and foremost. The others on the list are important. I know some which would really energize him:) I am challenged anew to pray for my family and do some nice things for them despite my cold and crabbiness.