We’ve been having some pretty big self-control issues with an unnamed child. And I’ve found myself yelling a lot in response to some of these actions. I hate myself for it. She hates herself for it. Together we’re a mess. I spent about 30 minutes tonight surfing the web looking for a magical cure to teach self control to my child.

And then I remembered - I also have self control issues. Maybe if I did a better job with mine, she’d do a better job with hers?

After our episode tonight in which I apologized (again) for my response and she apologized (again) for her behavior, she came in my room, shut the door, and sat down on the bed with me. She looked at me and sighed. She said, “Life.” I looked at her and said, “I know, sweetie.” She sighed again and said, “Sin.” I nodded back and said, “Yes. I know.”

(from halfpinthouse dot com)

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  1. Mark Mark Says:

    By the grace of communion, Christ's fullness is able to save to the uttermost. 'Of his fulness we have all received, and grace for grace' (John 1:16). The results of this union come to us freely by grace. So Christ 'is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through him' (Heb. 7:25). He is able to save to the uttermost because he received from the Father by the Spirit all that was necessary for the work of our salvation. For our salvation, all fulness was communicated to Christ, 'for it pleased the Father that in him all the fulness should dwell' (Col. 1:19). And Christ did not receive the 'Spirit by measure' (John 3:34). So from this fulness, Christ is all-sufficient to supply all the needs of his people (John 1:16). Had the Spirit been given to Christ by measure, we would soon have exhausted all his supplies. So because of his fulness, Christ has all sufficiency in himself to be to the soul all that the soul desires. Is the soul dead? Christ is its life. Is the soul weak? Christ is its strength. Is the soul ignorant? Christ is its wisdom. Is the soul guilty? Christ is its righteousness and justification.

    Many poor creatures are aware of their needs, but do not know where to find the remedy. Indeed, whether it be life or light, power or joy, all is wrapped up in Christ.

    So Christ is a fit Saviour, having pity and ability, gentleness and power, to carry on the work of salvation to the uttermost.

    John Owen, Communion with God

  2. Mark Mark Says:

    Talk with God with the thoughts of which your heart is full. If you enjoy the presence of God, if you feel drawn to love him, tell him so. Such sensible fervor will make the time of prayer fly without exhausting you, for all you will have to do is to pour forth from your abundance and say what you feel.

    But what, you ask, are you to do in times of dryness, inner resistance, and coldness? Do just the same thing. Say equally what is in your heart. Tell God that you no longer feel any love for him, that all is a terrible blank to you, that he wearies you, that his presence does not even move you, that you long to leave him for the most trifling occupation, and that you will not feel happy till you have left him and can turn to thinking about yourself. Tell him all the evil you know about yourself.

    So how can we even ask what there is to talk to God about? Alas, there is only too much! But when you tell him about your miseries, ask him to cure them. Say to him, "O my God, behold my ingratitude, my inconstancy, my infidelity. Take my heart, for I do not know how to give it to you. Give me an inner distaste for external things; give me crosses necessary to bring me back under your yolk. Have mercy on me in spite of myself!" In this way either God's mercies or your own miseries will always give you enough to talk to him about. The subject will never be exhausted!

    Fenelon (tr. Hal M. Helms)

  3. Mark Mark Says:

    Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.(1 Peter 5:7)

  4. Karen Karen Says:

    Mark, I never get to see you anymore! Hey, if I get comp tickets, you are not going to have any choice but to come up and spend an evening in Alton! (I'm playing Fiddler on the Roof there)

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