If They Would Just Do What I Say

Welcome to this online journey of the book Triggers: Exchanging Parent’s Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses.  Each day for the next 31 days, I will be sharing my thoughts about each chapter of this book.  I look forward to hearing your responses as well, so that we may grow closer to Christ and be the moms he has designed us to be.

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How many times a day do you feel like you are getting on to your children because they disobeyed you?  Too numerous to count, I’m sure.

 

As I read Chapter 1 of Triggers, I thought about my own disobedience toward God and how I don’t always do what I’m told to do the first time I’m told to do it.  And how does He respond?  God is a god of patience, mercy, and grace.  He is my ultimate example.  I should be mom of patience, mercy, and grace.

 

When my children disobey, I need to consider why.  Are my expectations unrealistic?  Are my children unable to move from one task to another in a timely manner?  Do they completely understand what it is I am asking them to do?

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More often than not, I react to my children’s disobedience by yelling at them:

HURRY UP!

I TOLD YOU TO……

IF YOU WOULD JUST DO WHAT I SAID THE FIRST TIME THEN…..

IF I HAVE TO TELL YOU AGAIN THEN……..

 

Does that list of reactions sound familiar?

 

If I stop to consider why my children disobeyed, I model obedience to Christ by being slow to anger.

 

So today, I ask you these questions:

  1. Are you living in obedience to God?
  2. What are the reasons you think your child disobeys you?
  3. How can you show patience and grace when your child disobeys?

 

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