4 comments | published by Linda | March 04, 2010
Hearing the Lego crash once again, I peeked into the room. There he stood, completely distraught. His baby sister was sitting beside him with a guilty grin on her face. She had done it. 

After lifting my little destroyer from the scene, I turned to my son. Like before, I've encouraged him to continue loving her, even though right then he didn't feel like it. I realize how hard it must be for him at times to do what he knows to be right when his heart is not in it.  Yet loving her, is what's required.

When my husband walks through the door, I know what is right. I know what I'd like to offer. To be a wife that greets him with happy. To be ready to hear about his day, encourage him, laugh with him and love him completely. My head knows what to do. 

Likewise, as I look at the children around me, there is much I know I should do. But, what if I don't want to change that diaper, clean up the spilled milk again or fold yet another load of laundry? What if I don't feel like it? Does that mean I can switch gears, and follow my feelings, rather than my head?

The heart follows the head. Doing what is right is what will cause the feelings to flow more positively than I could imagine. Waiting until I feel good enough by my own standard to fulfill my roll, only stops the blessings, the joy, and the relationships with those around me.

We've been given an example of how this is to be. Our Lord was not thrilled with the idea of dying on the cross. He spent a whole night overwhelmed with strong feelings of not wanting the next day to come. He was even sweating blood. Luke 22:42 says, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." 

He was asking for relief from what God wanted of Him. Yet, not letting his feelings be his guide, he obeyed, he gave. After his death, his resurrection came. This is the picture we've been given. If we want to truly live, we have to die. 

As we look at our husbands and children, what should we do? We know. 

If we don't feel like it, and refuse to give, we miss out on the huge happy life He has designed for us.

There are Legos on the floor. How do we feel?
Posted in Living Room, Play Room, Master Bedroom    |   Tags: To Truly Live

Rebecca
March 04, 2010
How do we feel? Frankly, Linda, after all these years of kids, grandkids, and greatgrandkids, I am a bit glad the Legos are on your floor,,,,,,,,,,,,,hehehee.
Seriously, speaking even after all these years, one still struggles with the times of doing the right thing when the feelings surely are not there. But as you wrote, DOing the right things brings our feelings into the right place. Doing the right thing brings satisfaction, peace, and a knowing that we won the battle.
Years ago, when we were all in the same church, Mrs. Fox (Bob's mother) told the young adult Sunday school class 6 words of advice. I have never forgotten them and I share them frequently. "Get started, Keep going, Don't stop."

Mary
March 06, 2010
As I read your ongoing "story" of life in your home, I can picture the world you have created. You have invited me to be part of the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control you practice and instill into your children, and in the way you love your Mike. Joy is a choice! Even when it's gray and bleak on the outside, sunshine lives in your heart and home...because you choose it. Thanks for reminding us to look for the joy inspite of the 'weather'!

JenniferTritle
March 06, 2010
Love that article, Linda. Your work reminds me of what I have often told my children: "It's not the big, glittery ministry. It's not the occasional moments of glory. It's not about the 'big hit.' Living life in the Kingdom means being able to perform faithfully what is sometimes a daily drudge -- a very ordinary, daily, required set of responsibilities and tasks -- and to do so joyfully, lovingly, and to the glory of God. We in the Kingdom give our children very different paths than those who set their children on the never-ending quest for the next entertainment-, video-, or music-high. You will not rear restless children. Good job!

Penne Pasta
March 09, 2010
Another sage said, "Keep on keeping on." He could have added, "You know what is right." Thanks, Linda.

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