"But by the grace of God I am what I am! 1 Corin. 15:10"

Monday, July 12, 2010

Why can't you just listen!?!

Pin It How many times have we as parents asked our children that?  Why can't you just listen, why can't you be good!?!  I am always telling Maddie that she needs to listen to us and just do what we tell her because we know what's best.  We aren't trying to be mean but we want her to respect us and listen to us without complaining or whining then we would all be happy.  She is always saying that we don't want to be her friend or that we don't love her because we are making her clean up or do what is right.  I tell her even when we argue we will always be your friend and always love you!

Hmm..  I start thinking about that and wondering if God is ever thinking the same thing about us?  Wonder if He ever gets frustrated because we don't do what He wants us to do and we don't listen to Him.  Its so funny how we expect our children to be good, perfect sometimes, never whining, telling us yes instead of no.  I know I am guilty of doing that to God and I really need to practice what I preach.  If I am expecting Maddie to be good then maybe I should really work on myself and show her how to do it.  I always say that I am a work in progress but I wish it just wasn't so hard for me sometimes.  Why is it so hard to not yell at my child, get frustrated with my husband because he never notices when the house is actually clean but I guess I never know how his day has gone and what he has on his mind.  Why can't I just be happy with the opportunity I have at staying home with Maddie and taking care of the house.  Not because I want praise for it but because I want to do it, to make myself happy and the family.

Why do we always want everyone else's approval when all we should really care about is God's approval.  God loves us no matter what, even when we are always wondering why, He loves us like no other.  Our spouses approval is always great but I don't think you are ever really going to get approval from them like you do God.

God is faithful when no one else is!!  He never leaves us even though we let Him down over and over.  I am so thankful that he gives us so many opportunities to try and get it right, that He never gives up on us even when we do.  It's so much easier to just give up but Jesus didn't do that.  He knew what they were going to do to Him but did it anyways so that we could be free and forgiven.  It had to be as hard on God watching what they did to His Son but knowing this was what needed to be done.  How can anyone not tear up and be so thankful for God sending His only Son to die on the cross for US!?!  I think I could try a little harder because what we deal with everyday is nothing compared to what Jesus had to endure.


Lisa said...

Nicole, I have pondered the same thoughts about why my husband can't see all the work I do and why I am always beating myself up for being behind the 8 ball. One day I was home alone and was praying and God revealed to me that He would give me my reward, that He sees the work I do and I am serving Him when I serve my family. Since then I have not thought about it, everything I do I do unto the Lord and He has unconditional love so if I don't do it perfect He still loves me and He sees my heart so He knows how I wanted to do it but in my imperfection I did the best I could.
I can really relate my friend, I am so glad to have met you.

Nicole said...

Thanks Lisa!! I am so glad to have met you too!! It is so nice to find other people out there that totally understand and can relate to what you are going through!! Thanks again!!!

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