I took the boys to the Japanese Garden in Hayward today. It’s tucked away from the main street and something you’d normally pass without noticing which is why I am so glad I happened to hear about it and took the time to look on Google maps to find it. I dressed them up a bit just in case we used the on the Christmas card this year. The boys and I had fun exploring the garden and they loved climbing the rocks and discovering where the paths would lead. I think we found ourselves a magical little spot. Here are some photos from our adventure.
Today was our first visit to the Bay Area Discovery Museum. I’ve wanted to check out this museum sooner, but since it’s located in Sausalito and would have to drive through San Francisco I held off. That all changed when I found out that the museum has a free day each month. I love free days! That was all the encouragement I needed to make the drive and I’m so glad we did. The kids and I had a blast. There is plenty to entertain and the only time my kids complained was when I told them we needed to look at something new or leave the museum. That speaks for itself.
Corbin is now onto his second week of home school and we happened to have received our first Geo package from Georgia. We opened up the box this morning to discover what was inside. There was a shirt that had been dyed with real Georgia dirt, homemade hot sauce, tons of awesome brochures about the state, a cannon collectors pin, some stickers and activity sheets. Amazing! Corbin loved it all! We decided to make a fun collage using the pictures and information we found inside the brochures and magazines. Looking at everything really gave us a chance to talk about geography, topography, maps, civil war, native animals and plants and much more. If all packages are like this one we are going to have a blast learning about the great country we live in. Big thanks to Ashley Davis and family.
Why try one when you can go crazy and try a whole bunch. Ha! And don’t think this is it…I have a bunch of girl prints too. I think I will have to do a giveaway just to get rid of some of these….I know…That’s Sew Julia!
Not sure about you, but conviction hurts. You know when you feel it in your gut. Today as I went out with the boys to do a few errands I found myself using very aggressive and pessimistic words to my boys and found my aggravation growing during our visit to the store. I couldn’t get the boys to stop poking each other and inevitably someone would get hurt. I used threats of leaving the store for discipline “a spank” if they could not have self control and keep their hands to themselves. That would last for a short time before someone would poke the other and another round of threats would come from my mouth sucking the energy right out of me. I couldn’t wait to leave! I knew I should handle the situation differently, but I didn’t. After getting home I came across a blog, Raising Godly Children, where I read “50 Things You Can Say to Make Your Child Feel Great” and “Helping Our Children Confess” and the conviction hit.
We can make it difficult for our children to confess their sins, or we can make it less challenging.
We can demand immediate repentance, or we can give the Holy Spirit time to work in their hearts.
We can self-righteously attack, or we can humbly come alongside.
We can turn their sin into a personal vendetta, or we can help them remember that they have sinned against God.
We can rant and rave about our inconvenience, or we can make God’s glory the issue.
We can belittle and berate and inspire fear and bitterness, or we can quietly appeal to their consciences, gently leading them to humble restoration.
We can leave them without hope or peace, or we can point them to the finished work of Christ.
We can treat them like God treats us, or we can play the accuser – like Satan.
Lord, help us, like Joshua, to be a picture of God’s grace in the lives of our children.
Do I want to inspire fear and bitterness or gently lead my boys to humble restoration? God, help me to take these words in and change my heart so that I can love as you love, speak as you do, encourage like you do…let me be wise and not foolish and help me to guide my children to love you.
Proverbs 16:24 “Kind words are like honey — sweet to the soul and healthy for the body”
Proverbs 15:4 “A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit”
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”
Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever”
1 John 1:8-10 “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
Happy Resurrection Sunday! We ended up spending half the day sharing the gospel with our children because of discipline issues. As hard as it can be at times, it is so important to share the gospel with our kids and walk them through repentance. Makes me so thankful for Gods everlasting love and sacrifice because I know that even as an adult I can throw silly tantrums, forget to spend time in his word and will constantly struggle with sin.
“…Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” John 20:19-23