What the Bible Says About Attitude

  The most draining job I’ve ever had (not that I’ve had all that many different kinds of jobs!) is taking care of my own little children.
  There is something WAY more exhausting to me about taking care of small children than taking care of the bigger ones.
  To the bigger ones you can say things like this:
  
“Well, go pour yourself a drink then.”
  “You may go get a snack from the pantry, but it has to be one you can get yourself.”  (I use that line a lot…)
“Everyone outside!’
“Everyone to the basement!”
“You have five minutes to get this done.”
“Thank you so much for helping with your brother.”
Yes, I also have to say things like:
“Freeze!  Caleb you go to your room, and Joshua you go downstairs.  No more fighting.”
“Why didn’t you do your homework like I told you to?”
…..and other such things, but even still it is not the same as life with littles.
With littles, every time they go to the bathroom, you must help them.
-Every time you go to the bathroom, they try to come with you.
-Everything they eat or drink must be fixed by you.
…You must constantly drop every thing you are doing to meet their needs.
This leaves me with a bad attitude a whole lot lately.
So today let’s focus on what the Bible says about having a GOOD ATTITUDE!  Let’s try, y’all!!!
1.)  A cheerful heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
  Psalm 17:22
2.)  Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.
     Philippians 1:27
3.)  Do EVERYTHING without complaining or arguing so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.
   Philippians 2:14-15
4.)  I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
    Philippians 4:11
5.)  Better to live in a desert than live with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
   Proverbs 21:19
6.)  Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled.  In everything set them an example by doing what is good.  In your teaching, show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
  Titus 2:6-8
7.)  Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
  Colossians 3:12

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Just Call Me Aunt Bee. We all want to be appreciated.

Today I left Alan with all three boys, ages 2 to 6, while I went to the chiropractor’s office and to Target.  I heard the sweetest, sweetest words when I got home.

“It was….that kid…..no, not just him, that one too.  Oh my gosh.  April, please don’t leave me here alone with them again.”

“Where’s Caleb?”

“Huh?  Oh, I don’t know.  He’s fine.  At least he’s been entertaining himself!”

BAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

Now, of course, Alan was JOKING about me not leaving him here alone with them.  He is a very actively involved father who takes care of the children constantly, but clearly he did have some struggles this evening!

Isn’t it funny how sometimes I’d rather hear Alan say that than to walk in and find the house way cleaner, happier, and more accomplished than when I left it?  

It’s not that I actually want Alan to struggle, it’s just that I want him to share my pain.  Can’t explain it, but I bet most other moms out there can relate!  When you find something difficult, it’s just helpful to hear other people agree with you!!

There was an episode of The Andy Griffith Show a lot like this.  Aunt Bee left town, and the house became a wreck in her absence.

Right before she got back, they cleaned it up, but then wise old Andy realized that wasn’t a good idea.  Then he and Opie trashed the house again, so she’d know how much they missed her and wouldn’t feel “unneeded”.

But of course, one of Aunt Bee’s friends came by, saw the mess, and cleaned it up again, so when Aunt Bee got home, the house was perfect.  Aunt Bee was so sad that Andy and Opie obviously didn’t need her at all that she immediately packed her things and tried to leave.  Have you seen that one?

*****Now, Alan, don’t take this story to heart, really.  Please do not feel the need to make me feel more “needed.”  I can assure you I know that the four of you desperately want me here at all times and cannot live without me.  ; )  *********

But I do think that sometimes it goes a long way to tell someone, “Hey! Wow! Great job. Couldn’t do it without you. What you are doing is hard, but you do it so well! Wow!”

 

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