The other morning, while my Miss Neenee was eating breakfast, she posed a question to me.
“Mama, if you have $17 how much more do you need for it to be $25?”
Seriously, I don’t need this kind of stuff that early in the morning. But, I tried. I looked around for my phone. I obviously needed to consult my calculator. My calculator doesn’t care how simple the math problems are. My calculator respects the fact I need math help. But, my phone was still plugged up, back in my bedroom. So, I had to take drastic measures. I figured it out in my head. Which really made for a bad morning & by the way, made my head hurt.
“Probably about $8. Why? Who needs $25?”
Then, she begins to explain that she didn’t think a boy, in her class at school, had enough money to go on a field trip with everyone. She said her & her bestie decided they would try to help pay for him to go. She said the money had to be turned in by tomorrow. So, today they were going to figure out how much money they had between them.
My heart melted right there over the ham sandwiches I was making. You know, 5th grade has been hard, so far. They are changing classes & have different teachers all throughout the day. The kids are getting more responsibilities. The kids are maturing. They are a bit dramatic & wearing their sassy pants for sure. I worry & want Miss Neenee to keep her head on straight. Be her own person & not get caught up with all the goings on around her. But somehow, she always comes around with her kind heart.
The apostle Paul instructed the church at Ephesus in
32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. (NKJV)
Miss Neenee & her friend are definitely working on having the Fruit of the Spirit:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (NKJV)
I just pray she can keep a pure heart. Kids will be kids. I am not a perfect parent. However, I believe the main ingredient in the recipe of raising kids is this:
Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (NKJV)
That means I have some responsibility to my kids. I have to keep my own heart clean.
Psalms 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. (NKJV)
Do I fail? Sure, but Jesus knows I am doing my best to remain faithful. (Revelation 2:10) That is what is important- remaining in a good standing with Jesus. My prayer is not only for my own children, but for your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or any small children close to you. For them to understand the importance of being kind & loving a great God. We are all in this together. Whether you want to admit it or not. We are responsible for helping each other. That’s what the Lord would want.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I love it when you take time to visit. We had some snow last night. Of course, we were all in a panic. This morning, by the time we made it out the door, there was none to be seen anywhere. On another note, has anyone told you next week is Thanksgiving?? As in, not this week, but next week? My sweetie and I have already been contemplating the turkey. This year, I’m afraid we may just out do ourselves. We shall see. I hope you have a great rest of the week. As for me, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.
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