New Mercies

May 2, 2008 at 6:20 pm (Parenting)

Mr. Perfect has been travelling for business since Wednesday morning.


Why do the boys always save their biggest ongoing stunts when he leaves?


It had been one of those 48-hour-long ‘days’, and I was pretty sure that by the time Mr. Perfect got home that I was going to be completely over the edge, or attic-bound with rope in hand.  One of the boys was doing his best to ensure that I would be donning a straight-jacket in the very near future.


And the killer is, it’s not his fault.  I’m not excusing the sin, but I do have to look at it through a different perspective.  He’s missing a few years of cognitive input and this is just what he does.  Sometimes more often than others.



Anyway, Wednesday had been a particularly trying day, starting bad and getting progressively worse.  Then on Thursday I had the pleasure of spending the day with a dear friend and her children.  I spent 15 minutes that afternoon unloading in frustration and asking for sound advice for my concerns of “What if he grows up to be a sociopath???”  She reminded me of something very important.


He’s tender hearted and deeply appreciates beauty.


He cries at classical ice skating performances and at baptisms at church.  He loves like no one’s business and offers unbelievably big hugs from his skinny little arms.  His heart is bigger than any other I’ve seen, save for Mr. Perfect himself.


Point taken.


So this morning I woke up and was reviewing notes from this past Sunday’s service.  I had jotted down the address to James 1:5:


If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.


I read on through James 1:6:


But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.  For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.


Back to my notes from church.  Next jotted down was Deuteronomy 29:29:


The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever; that we may do all the words of this law.


OK.  I need wisdom to get this little boy raised to the glory of God, THAT’S for SURE!  I can’t waver, or it’s not going to do anyone any good.  Whatever the Lord reveals to me is done so that I can carry out His law.


Got it.


Then my heart was taken to Deuteronomy 6:7:


And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.


He’s told me where to go for guidance, how to ask, why to do so, and then what to do.


New mercies every day, to be sure.


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