I have been reading [u]Just Around the Corner[/u] by Steve and Teri Maxwell. It is basically a book of about 5 years worth of their monthly newsletter. It covers a bunch of topics and I have really enjoyed it as the Maxwells really encourage me since they have been where I am walking now.
Anyway, the Mom’s Corner that I was reading today talked about Teri’s struggle with submission. Boy, can I relate to that. She talks about how that we must be submissive with a meek and quiet spirit; not just a quiet mouth. Ouch! As far as I have come in being a submissive wife, I still have a LOT of work to do in this area.
So tonight, I tried a little experiment (and I copied the idea from what Teri had written about – LOL). During our nightly family devotional, I didn’t discipline the kids… I left it up to Chad. Josiah was really squirmy and hard to handle and Chad asked me if I wanted him to take Si-Si. I told him that he should do whatever he thought would be the best. He decided to take Si-Si and after a couple of minutes, Josiah had settled down and was on his best behavior for the rest of our family devotional. Chloe and Fisher were both perfectly behaved too! It was one of the smoothest family devotionals we have had in a while!
Isn’t it amazing how things seem to fall into place when we are following God’s plan… even in something as simple as being a submissive wife during our family devotional.
This little “experiment” really encouraged me because it was a huge eye-opener to me as to how I need to be on my guard to the times when I am not being submissive in the ways that God has told me to be.
I also think that once I am being submissive with a meek and quiet spirit that it will also help the behavior of my children. I think that it will show them that I am giving respect to my husband and that they also need to respect their daddy in the same way.
Wow, this could clear up a lot of discipline issues… and it is just because I am willing to make a change in MY behavior. What a blessing the Lord’s plan is! It truly is a blessing!