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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What I Deserve

I accuse my son of being a "hard learner".  He struggles, it seems with the same disobedience over and over.  I tend to lose "sympathy" with is mourning over his discipline as it should, at least to me, not be a "shock" as to his punishment.  I feel as if he is going to keep doing this same thing over and over, knowing it is wrong and there will be a punishment, that  he is "getting what he deserves".
A few weeks ago, I got pulled over by a State Trooper.  I knew immediately that it was for talking on my cell phone.  I wish I could tell you that this is my first ticket for this issue, it isn't.  It is my THIRD!  Mind you, my third over a few years, but still not a good thing.
I didn't argue with the officer.  How could I?  I was guilty.  I ended up losing the ticket and had to call the court to get another one mailed to me.  I pleaded "guilty" on the ticket and mailed it in and awaited my monetary fate.
A week or so later, it came back and was $135!  WHEW!  It was due by the 21st of this month.  With Christmas, and two major issues with my car that needed to be taken care of right away, I was without the money when the due date came.

I was pretty nervous as I called the court to beg them for an extension.  I had a hope that they would at LEAST give me a week, or even to the first of January.  A friendly voice came on the phone and I explained that my ticket was due, and that I did not have enough, what could I do?   She asked, "When do you think you CAN have the money?" 
I told her by the first week of January.  She replied that she would change the due date for January 12th.  Tears came to my eyes as I told the woman that it was more than merciful.  I also told her that she had given me a great blessing for Christmas.  She laughed and said she was glad. 

When I got off the phone, a realization came to me that I did NOT get what I deserved.  If I had been in charge, I would have said:

This is your third offense!  Not only are you going to have to pay it ON TIME, I am adding more so that you will remember to NOT break this law again.  I see I need to be more HARSH with YOU, because you can NOT seem to learn this lesson. 

But that is not what I got.  I got grace and mercy.  And it wasn't like these things came from some godly institution!  I thanked God for showing me His love.  I thanked Him for being such an awesome example to me, for OBVIOUSLY, I lack in this area. 

So not only will I look at the next "struggle" with my son's "hard learning", but will look at other areas in my life where I am not showing grace and mercy to someone.

Thank you Father for being such a good Father to me.  Help me to reflect Your love in my parenting.

Caramel Pull-Apart Wreath a.k.a Monkey Bread

Looking for a delicious treat to give to someone for Christmas?  Or something tasty to bring to a party or family gathering?  I have just the recipe for you!  

It is so delicious and easy to make.  We did NOT use the Pillsbury baking ingredients.   We went to Aldi's and got biscuits for $.39 a tube, or whatever the term is for what they come in.  We were able to make three of them to share.  We also didn't do the ribbon.  They were delicious cold or heated back up.  We will be adding this to our recipe collection for holiday treats!

So Far This Week:

I have run across many people who are having a hard time commenting or finding where they are to comment on the posts. They want to share their prayer requests or music videos and can't. I am hoping this will be easier. From now on, I will add the new day and the new day's topic to the home page post. Just click on the word "HERE" and it will take you to the post with the comment box already up and you will be able to see comments other people have shared. I am praying this will be easier for everyone. If not, we can go back to the old way.

Soulful Sunday - "Lies Women Believe" - About Themselves-Part 2- I Need To Learn To Love Myself. To see this post, Click HERE

Music for the Heart and Soul - Come and share your favorite Christan music and listen to others as we worship God! To see this post, click HERE

Prayer Requests - "Shying Away From Greatness". Let's be prayer warriors for each other today. To see this post, click HERE

Let' Talk Truth- Adversity is the topic this week. To see this post, click HERE

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