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.