We have been working with Little J on having a happy heart, helping him to learn to obey mommy and daddy with a positive attitude, no fussing, and no tantrums. When he is less than thrilled to obey we say, “Will you please have a happy heart?”
I was convicted today about the condition of my own heart. I was frustrated, tired, and did not have a happy heart. I was just about done refinishing my dining room table, a simple project that seemed to go wrong at every turn. Ready for my final coat of polyurethane, I made a rookie mistake. After applying six coats of water based stain & poly, I applied an oil matte clear poly finish. Oil and water do NOT go together resulting in a less than stellar finish. It was back to sanding and more coats of poly and hours and hours and hours of dry time.
Grumbling to myself, I needed a break from the table project and decided to start working on creating the design for a “happy heart” sign I wanted to paint using reclaimed boards and place in our dining room. I thought it would be a wonderful spot in our home for a daily reminder to have a happy heart.
As I was working on finding the right font and colors I realized my own need for a happy heart. I ask little J daily to have a good attitude and a happy heart and yet I was grumbling, frustrated and not leading by example.
I am so humbled when I look at my precious little guy. Becoming a mommy has given me just a small understanding of how much we are loved by God. We teach, train, and mold our little ones; we care for them, correct them, and give them grace, just as God does for us. What great encouragement when I needed an extra dose of patience!
Taking a child, He set him before them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them, “Whoever receives one child like this in My name receive Me; and whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but Him who sent Me.” Mark 9:36-37
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