So lately I feel very much challenged to grow up in my faith. I feel particularly challenged because I want the same thing for my kids and in order to be able to help them grow, I need to be continually challenging myself and growing too! The verses that spoke to me from this weeks reading that really spoke to me come from 2 Peter chapter 1:
“5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.”
I need to add to my faith! In 1 Peter 4:8 we are challenged to love each other deeply. I think that in order to do so, I need those things listed in 2 Peter- goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, and love. Lately I have felt a particular challenge to grow in the area of self control. Why? Because I’m trying to teach it to my 3 1/2 year old. He’s an emotional guy like me, which is awesome in that we both have a great capacity for empathy and are passionate. But it’s also a challenge in that we don’t always handle our emotions well. In trying to teach him not to “lose it” when he’s upset by a situation, I’ve been challenged to do the same.
As a mama sometimes I don’t have the best reaction to when things go wrong or someone doesn’t obey. I’m learning that while I cannot control my son’s behavior, I can control my reaction to his behavior. And I know that a calm reaction is much better than a crazy emotional one. By modeling self control to my son I know that it will help him to learn it for himself. It will also help me to think more clearly and respond in a more loving way. This is difficult for me, but it’s something that God has really been working on in my heart. To remind myself of this I bought the awesome print you see above to remind me of the importance of my words, particularly toward my children. Even when correcting them, I can be kind and in control, all with the help of Jesus.
If you’d like to join along in reading through the Bible in 3 years you can find the schedule over at Women Living Well. Tomorrow’s reading is 1 John chapter 3. We’re doing one chapter a day. This is the month’s reading plan:
I hope you all have a great weekend! I’ll be back next week to share my thought’s on the week’s readings.