Friday Matters
Everyday I don't want to

If you’re a mom you’ve heard; “I don’t want to.  It’s not fair.”  And if you’re like me your sure fire response has been, “Life’s not fair.”  BUT “back in the day,” when my four sons were young, I’d respond; “I understand you don’t think it’s fair and I’m sorry you don’t want to.  But right now I’m not interested in what you want.  I’m interested in your obedience.”   At first my boys didn’t really hear me and continued with the, “It’s not fair,” and “I don’t want to” but firmly I repeated my statement, “I’m not open to discussion, I’m the mom and I’m in charge here.”  I was confident and I wanted to help my four sons develop character to receive and understand the blessings that obedience brings.

“Yep”… my oldest responded, “Thanks Mom,” when I read Proverbs 30:17 “The eye that scorns obedience to his mother will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley.”  Thankfully, (through it all) my children still have their eyesight. The message should be clear; it’s through obedience we receive our blessings …everyday.

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