Sharper than any sword

I was going to blog tonight about whether to live in a place with or without a yard, OR about the dinner that bombed tonight, but those posts can wait. Du puts Reagan to bed every night. They read a book, read the Bible and pray. Tonight Du had her read 1 Corinthians 13 on her own after he left her room. The 13th chapter of Corinthians is about love. It describes love and all its characteristics. If you haven’t read it I highly recommend looking it up either in a Bible or online.

Anyway, Reagan came out of her room looking a little sad. She walked up next to me and muttered, “I’m sad because the Bible says love doesn’t get angry easily, and I do.”

“When do you get angry honey?” (Because I rarely see her get angry. And it’s usually at her mother or father so I wanted to know if this anger towards us was occurring more often than I thought).

“I get angry at Ashlyn all the time,” she replied.

“Ok, let’s go talk about this.” So we went back to her room and talked about anger a little. What I talked about mostly was how glad she should be that the Holy Spirit was prompting her heart to let her know this was an area in her life that needs work. She’s not yet seven and she’s following the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

And I was looking in a mirror. She thinks she gets angry often? Her words struck right at my soul–another way the Holy Spirit works on people. He was letting me know this is an area I need to work on as well. I had expected her to tell me that it wasn’t herself who she was sad about, but me, because I tend to get angry at and show my anger to my girls when I wouldn’t dare show it to anyone else.

We prayed for both of us to be able to control our anger and to know when we were getting angry easily. I cried because my daughter, at that moment, was spiritually more mature than I was. She felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit and heeded it. She came to talk to us about it. I was humbled.

The Bible says that “the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit…it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12) I thank God so much that His word is alive and active, even in my daughter. She felt that nudging judgment of the Sword of God and responded. May I take her as an example, and her childlike faith, and do that as well.

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13 thoughts on “Sharper than any sword

  1. You and I hit on this subject when we met…Praise God your girly girl is so tenderhearted! Praise God He used her child-minded understanding of His Word to convict you! I will pray foryou and Reagan today, that you will have the opportunity to talk about this somemore…and maybe even rebuke yourself in the midst of an angry moment!

    Love you, sister!

  2. Oh, I love to see/hear when the Holy Spirit is convicting and working through the Word like that! It’s not uncommon at church when I’m teaching about sin that a child gets upset…I know the Holy Spirit is working on them, and they’re not comfortable with their own sinfulness!

  3. She is so thoughtful for such a tiny little thing! Hey, I’m starting another Pop’rs Giveaway on Feb. 8-Valentine’s Day theme. Any chance of getting a video of your cute family showing the Pop’rs Love? Your pixes a couple of weeks ago were sooooooo cute…we’ve decided to do a Bloggy Film Festival, and would love it if you joined in! 🙂

  4. Kelley says:

    How precious she is…sometimes it is like looking in a mirror when our children say or do things. The reflection is not always what we would like to see but God is so good about revealing what we need to work on. (Reagan shares Jared’s birthday; my baby boy will be 21!) Thanks for being so transparent in your walk -you do encourage me 😉

  5. Rae says:

    Vicki, this is a great post. Just so you know, I have just started therapy to help me with my anger. It is has been one of my stumbling blocks my whole life. Your beautiful little girl is so intune with God it is awesome. What this post brought to my mind was, “and a little child shall lead them.”

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