Sunday, August 14, 2005

One part pride, two parts humble

He gives grace to the humble, but lowers the proud.

My five year old is great! Last night before bed, she surprised me by cleaning my room for me. I was so thrilled and even thought, "Hey, I must be doing pretty good with her. Like I am solely responsible for how wonderful she is - yeah,right! Well, then God reminds me that first of all she was probably just trying to get out of going to bed and gets away with it because of my wonderful disciplining skills, and secondly that my room was a wreck in the first place because of my wonderful house keeping skills. Then this morning, I'm touching up my husband's trousers with the iron and my kids gather around me in awe - "Mom! What's that?! What are you doing?!" Apparently this was something they'd never seen before - one more dose of humility for good measure. :)

Thank you, Lord, for your mercy and patience that You remind me ever so gently of my complete dependence on You, and not my own performance.


Kim said...

Wow, I can relate to this too... Once again a moment where God uses us in spite of us. What a sweetheart to even THINK of getting out of bedtime by being a servant. It is a step in the right direction, for sure!!!! :-D

Duchess of Fife said...

Amen, Kim! That will be my new mantra (can a Christian have a mantra?). God uses me in spite of me, God uses me in spite of me! And yes, you're right, she really is a sweetheart - thanks be to God!

BTW - I'm so glad you stopped by! I was wondering how you were doing?

Kim said...

Thanks. I do check occasionally. :-)
I am doing a lot better. God is so good to me, and I see His tender mercies everyday. I am so thankful Jesus came to "bind up the brokenhearted" because I know He is ministering to me in and through all this through the Holy Spirit. Nevertheless, sometimes it just doesnt seem real. I still cant believe it.
Oh and if there ever was a Christian mantra, that would be mine. I have reminded myself of it since my oldest (Jason) was born!
Have a wonderful day! How long 'til you close and move in?

Julie said...

I am fairly new to reading this blog but I have enjoyed it. I just wanted to comment that I have an eight year old daughter who will go out of her way to clean so she does not have to do something she does not want to do. I thought I just had a weird kid. :)LOL