Yesterday as I was cleaning the bathroom (lol!)God quickened my mind and my heart to be able to understand more of what He was teaching me in the morning hours, so I thought I'd share a follow-up on here. The scripture that God used to speak to me was James 1:20 "for a man's anger does not produce the righteousness of God."
I believe He brought this scripture to my mind for many reasons, one so that I could understand better that a man's anger at injustice will not change injustice, that it is love that conquers evil, and another so that I might see how *very simple* (in it's philiosphy, doctrinally) Biblical Parenting can be at the basic level~ I give my children a gift; I teach them about God and God's way's, I correct them and discipline them as the word of God requires to train their foolish hearts to recognize, and submit to, wisdom.
(At least this is my understanding of it, I am sure there are more thorough explanations!;)
God showed me that my words can indeed be few,I need no more words than God's words,but for basic explanation, because "all scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness" Tim. 3:16, and because His words are best; this kills the part of my flesh that wants to 'lecture'~ God doesn't lecture me: it wasn't His law that drew me to Him, it was His grace; besides that I must not add my own understandings/reasonings onto God's words,and so,all of this makes it easy to see the picture before me: as the songs says,
"You are God in heaven and here am I on earth, so I'll let my words be few; Jesus, I am so in love with You."
As far man's anger, well for me it all intertwines in my understanding,as it is often my anger about an injustice that tempts me to get into lecturing, when in fact, all I need do is present God's word with simple explanation and be obedient to apply correction and discipline as God's word says to do, and that is enough on my part~ besides praying, of course ;) And teaching them about The Lord.
Well, there is so much more like caring for their needs and teaching them skills and trades, academics and so on, but the Most Important thing: The Gospel.
And I certainly don't want to add to the gospel, or cheapen God's grace, or pass on legalistic tendacies... I want to walk in a manner that's worthy, know and do grace-filled parenting, pass on an example of faith that suprassses all human understanding! But, there is so much less opportunity for tempation when I keep my feelings about things out of my teaching,correcting and rebuking of my children.
I thank God for showing me what Grace is, and how I can use Love to conquer Evil just as he did by sending His son,Jesus,to die~ for showing me how and when to use my words, one way that *I* can walk in a manner that's worthy of the gospel, one way that *I* can pour out the oil of love as my worship to Him. And again, to you all, online friends and in-the-neighborhood friends ;), who help me change and grow. (Love you all!) so I have much Leaning to do ;) and I am looking forward to all of it!! ;) :)
On a totally unrelated topic, I figured I'd copy-cat Kelly and give you a treat if you made it this far :) Lol! ;)
Here's a really yummy recipe I put together last night and I promise you, it's good!
Pretzel Chicken for 4
Melt one full stick of butter in a pyrex or whatever, and lay 4 freshly-rinsed chicken breasts(we buy them frozen 14 per bag for $10 at the local Save-a-Lot)in a baking dish (spray 1st so it won't stick.)Pour butter over breasts and turn them to coat, dredge in crumbs of food-processed Herr's Whole-Grain Pretzel Sticks($2.59 for a 10 oz. bag at the local Turkey Hill, I used 2 cups of them to make crumbs)with 2 big tablespoons of poultry seasoning and some salt & pepper mixed in,top with extra melted butter(I just use a spoon to scoop it up from the bottom of the pan and ladle it over top), bake at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes, or more or less, depending on the thickness of your breasts (lol!) er.. 'till it's not pink inside, I should have said :)
We served ours with baked sweet potatoes with more melted butter and brown sugar, and it was a great meal. I know, not low-cal at all,lol! But good!! :)