Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Beautiful or Pesky


Recently we have had to deal with a behavior from one of our children that is a bit pesky. Actually, at times it becomes down right obstinate. It keeps rearing its ugly head, demanding to be dealt with. Just when we all think we have triumphed over this issue. It comes back for an unwelcome visit.

Raising my children and dealing with some of the prickly issues we have faced lately reminds me of the pesky, yet beautiful thistle. Unwanted character issues, when looked at face on aren't pretty. They can cause strife, anger, tension, and profound sadness for those involved. If I were to ignore these issues and look the other way, I would have a festering, seething, invasive problem. In exactly the same way thistle can take over a farmers field, so can a misbehavior take over my child's life.

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  1. great the analogy.
    have a wonderful day~

  2. We have donkeys who eat the thistles to prevent the spread of the beautiful blooms who also keep dogs and coyotes out of the cattle.

    A strong willed child is a horse of a different color. Hubby's favorite sayin' during the tween and teen years was, "this too shall pass." He was right.

    Have a terrifically blessed day enjoying your challenges!!!

  3. One step at a time...WITH the Lord! How wonderful we have Him through it all!! Ultimately we desire for the hearts of our children to be owned by HIM...and OUR hearts as well.

    Have you heard of the books "Shepherding a Child's Heart" by Tedd Tripp or "Age of Opportunity" by Paul David Tripp (they are brothers)...such encouraging and insightful books on rearing our children in the ways of the Lord. I especially found the second one to be convicting to my own heart...we are all works in progress. What a blessing the Lord doesn't leave us to ourselves...He walks WITH us through it all!

    Have a wonderful week!

    In Him,

  4. That's a good comparision!

    I've been so sick lately, I'm glad to see I haven't missed too many posts of yours. I just haven't felt good enought to post on my blog. Hopefully I'll get back into it soon. Have a great weekend comming up!

  5. Great post! Left a comment for you over at "At The Well".


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