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Thank you so much for stopping by! I have named this blog "Running to the Cross" because that is what I often find myself doing...running to be with my Lord Jesus! I often cover many aspects of life on my blog, as it is my journal. I used to write things down in all sorts of notebooks, but my writings would soon be lost. So I decided that it was time to start a blog and share my thoughts and ideas with others. Many topics you will find here are prayers, homemaking and organization, children and pregnancy, funny stories, and the challenges of parenting and motherhood. If you enjoy my blog and leave me a comment, you are likely to have me visit! I love meeting others and gleaning from the lives of others. May you be blessed! Your friend in Christ, Heather

Thursday, May 22, 2008

First Time Obedience Chart

Spending time every morning with God has definitely been a challenge. You can find a dozen other things to do.....change babies diaper, make breakfast, get clothes for children, clean up spilled cereal and milk, start a load of laundry to keep the laundry monster at bay, check email, fix girls hair, make coffee, sweep up crumbs from last night's dinner (if you were busy the night before in the garden), feed baby, break up a squabble, turn off the TV, begin homeschooling, etc. etc. etc.....

However, you can find a way... Just the other day I approached my husband about this dilemma...I told him that Family Worship in the evening was fine but oftentimes we have things to finish outside late in the evening in the spring and summer. So, instead we need to start our day out with God by having a morning devotion. Since he works from home, he doesn't need to rush off to work, so this is the perfect way to start our day.

Today we read from Mark 1:1-20. Our lesson was on obedience...first time obedience. Jesus called to Simon and Andrew and they immediately stopped what they were doing and followed Him. Then he came upon James and John, again calling unto them to follow Him, and once again we find them immediately following. NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

We need to enforce this in our children. They need to learn first time obedience without commenting on the required task. Simon, Andrew, James and John didn't ask, "WHY?" so why should we...

After finishing our devotions, I sat down and made up the chart above. Each child will receive one and each time they do a task the first time, they will get a sticker...if they don't do it the first time, they get a sad face. If I have to ask them to do a job more than twice they will get a number next to the sad face...

So a star = first time obedience.
A sad face = not obedient first time.
A sad face with a number = not obedient # times.

May God grant you grace with your children and husband today!


Hadias said...

Thank you for posting about the characrter traits that you and your family read about.

I often need to remind my children and myself sometimes about first time obedience.

Jessica said...

Good idea! I think I am going to do this. This is something that I have to return to every now and then. I don't know what it is--they do so well for awhile and one of them strays and then the rest of them follow!
Would you mind sharing your template for this form?