Wednesday, February 3, 2010

It's What You Do

I have seen examples in my children that the things I do hold much more weight with them than the things I say. Some instances are eye-opening and reveal to me changes I need to make (ie., when I hear my kids yelling at one another, I know that they are echoing my actions, and often my very words). This morning, though, I received the gift of seeing something I do right (not always, but apparently often enough that it's had an impact).

Wrapped in a blanket, cup of coffee in hand, Bible at one side and study book across my lap, I was having my morning quiet time. A little person emerged - far too early, in my opinion - and sat on the other couch. My little people know that mommy's quiet time is not to be interrupted, and that they must wait until I'm done or taking a break to ask me a question (and they must wait until I've moved to the office to blog before the TV gets turned on). For a minute or two, my child sat silently.

The next time I looked up, I noticed that the little person had sneaked away so quietly I hadn't noticed. I smiled, and assumed that there was some reading or colouring going on elsewhere in the house. Only a moment later, though, my offspring reappeared - plunked on the couch, opened up a children's Bible and one of my old Women of Faith study guides. Looking over, I noticed that the study guide was turned the the second chapter, and it appeared that chapter one had been completed in childish script.

Together, we spent the next half hour in silence, each completing our respective Bible studies.

6 comments:

  1. Oh my word, that is sweet! You are clearly doing something right!

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  2. Fantastic! That is purely and simpoly fantastic.

    They see what you do, not merely hear what you say!

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  3. How sweet! It is so true that our walk talks louder than our talk!

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  4. Love it when our kids model our actions without asking them or "hoping" they will.

    What a great example of passing on your dedication and love of our Heavenly Father....actions do speak louder then words.

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  5. Oh wow...that is so sweet! This made me smile... :)

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