Parenting Is A Blood Sport...At Least Today

When I became a parent I was determined to be a perfect parent.  Or least a better parent than mine.  I began to read all the books by pastors and Christian psychologists to help make me a better parent.  But you know what it boils down to:  You pour the kerosene, I'll light the match.  Those books can be relatively useless unless you can get your kids to read them, so they know the way they are supposed to react when you use those innovative methods of parenting.

This morning Katie and I went through a moment in which I would be disqualified as Parent of the Year.  Everything was fine until I asked her to put on her shoes and socks.  She started through the process amiably enough but was having problems with the shoes and began to whine and cry.  Not my favorite characteristic of hers. And it was no wonder the shoes are a year old and too small for her feet with socks.  And since it was cold outside there was no way she was going out without socks.  

I began to help her with these despicable shoes and could not make it any better.  And she whined and cried and whined and cried.  Finally I had enough, I grabbed her, ready to spank her and I stopped.  Never when I'm angry.  Instead I grabbed those evil shoes and threw them into the garbage.  

She was crying still but now she wasn't whining.  I put on her tennis shoes.  We got in the car and I dropped them off at the baby sitters.  I hugged and kissed her good by.  I got back into car hoping that little ball that was sitting in the center of my heart would move soon.  It's going to be a long day.

It's Settled...For Me

I have finally settled it for me, for now.  What is it you ask?  It is election.  I have read extensively over the last few months on this topic of "Limited Atonement."  This is the idea that before time began (you know God created time don't you) God chose those who he would save and those who would condemn to Hell.

In all my humanness, this was something I could not accept.  But ultimately I wanted to know the truth, whether I agreed with it or not.  So I read and read and read some more.

I have ultimately concluded that Jesus died for all knowing that all would not receive Him. 

Now as far as those who disagree with me.  I know that there is no way that was an easy belief for them to accept and I do not believe that there is any apostasy, because while is clear to me, I can see how it could be interpreted differently.

Now to get with spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.

May 21, 2011 - Noah Knew, WeCanKnow! Christ's Return on Judgment Day: May 21, 2011

I have to wonder if people out there are reading the same Bible I am. Things like this makes it difficult to tell people about Jesus.

May 21, 2011 - Noah Knew, WeCanKnow! Christ's Return on Judgment Day: May 21, 2011

Weekend Notes...

It was a very good weekend.  I know that's why you dropped by, to find out how my weekend went.   I can't remember what we did Friday night, and no alcohol was not involved.

Saturday we went to breakfast with my mother-in-law.  She's in her eighties and a good friend recently died, so we just thought she may need some more company.  We hadn't told Katie about Charlie, but she asked and we told her.  She didn't take it extremely well or extremely bad.   She was upset for as long as a five year old can.

We were all in bad need of a haircut so we went to Terri's.  Terri has been cutting my hair on and off for years.  I love her and her husband they've been good friends to me over the years.  I did find out that Mark has been really sick, you will want to add him to your prayer list.

When we got home, Janet and Katie went up to take a nap.  I was left to take care of Sammie.  If she would have gone to sleep so would I.  When Janet and Katie got up, I went up to take one myself.

Saturday evening we went to see the lights in the city park, as usual they were beautiful, and Katie was so excited.  It was fun, but it just shows that she is growing up and fast.  I wish she would slow down somewhat.

Sunday we went to Sunday School and Church.  I went down to help in the nursery, because they were shorthanded.  No kudos here, I missed last week so I owed them.  Janet took notes for me, she never takes notes.  What a great wife!

I ended the weekend by taking three five year old girls to Taco Bell and Awanas.  I'm thinking I'm in need of a psychological examination.