t was one of those days where I just wanted to crawl back into bed and hide under my, oh so soft and cozy down comforter.
Before the sun was even awake, the boys were already annoying each other, wrestling, and bickering with the constant whines and tattle tailing, he did it first and I didn’t mean to’s.
Somehow we made it through the morning, kids off to school and mommy off to work only to meet at home later for a repeat performance. As soon as I would turn my back they were at each other again, like a record that keeps on skipping. Everything I said and did had no effect and I couldn't wait for the glorious moment of bedtime!
This constant bickering didn’t end there. It wormed its way into the next day and the next and the next, and…I think you get my drift. A couple weeks straight with busy schedules and too many late nights was enough to make all of us on edge and a bit cranky.
Nerves rubbed raw, patience becomes a stranger and we become too tired to treat each other nicely? Can you imagine if God was too tired to treat us nicely, too tired to love us and give us grace and new mercies every morning?
As a mom I need to know how much busyness my family can handle. Right now I know it’s not much because I have experienced the cause and effect, which isn’t pretty! Continuous busyness without downtime and rest creates a huge snowball effect. We all need rest, God commands us to take an entire day to rest and boy, how I welcome that day!
But even though we may be tired, it is no excuse to treat each other harshly. So on top of everyone’s crankiness here is mama bear ranting on how we should treat one another. “You are brothers, we are to love one another” and then I find myself asking them, “Would you hit Jesus? Would you talk to Him like that?” and the boys just look back at me with blank stares.
Later as I am reading, the words in Colossians stir within me,
you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.And it doesn't stop there. We are told to make allowance for each other’s faults and to forgive one another, and above all else, clothe ourselves in love. These words, I read them over and over again, they take root in my soul. Just as we get dressed each morning, we should also clothe ourselves with these virtues…every…single…day. May I be so bold to ask you,
What are you wearing?Over the next several weeks I am going to concentrate on each of these virtues from Colossians Chapter three and I would love for you to join me!
Have a blessed day!