knock and the door will be opened to you."
This morning, my youngest daughter knocked on the door separating us and asked me for her reward.
For the summer, I have set up a simple chore & reward system. Once my kids have completed the chores on their cards, they bring them to me. I then exchange them for their reward cards. My kids can then use the cards to buy rewards (a.k.a. media time) from me.
So far, it's working really well. Using the cards has saved me from nagging them to get their chores done or trying to track how many minutes of computer time they've used.
With the exception of one small wrinkle—Sara keeps losing hers. :-)
I carefully explained to her what she needed to do (through the closed door—privacy is a good thing!) After I finished talking, I asked her if she understood. No response.
About 15 minutes later, Sara came back to me asking me the same question. I asked her if she had done what I asked. She said innocently, "No Mama, I didn't know I was supposed to do that."
The sad news is that she had run out of time to earn her reward. We needed to leave for her doctor appointment. She wasn't at all happy with that news. She was even more unhappy once she learned that she was due for more shots. :-(
Our conversation reminded me of a lesson God taught me last when. When I failed to listen to Him.
I was looking for the hardware to our hammock. My husband has organized our garage so well, that at times, it's difficult for me to find what I am looking for.
I was quickly reminded of having the same problem last year. I prayed and God led me to the exact box the items were in.
And so, I prayed again.
And then I immediately began opening box after box, looking in every single nook and cranny. Only to end up frustrated.
Then came the quiet whisper. I felt the Lord speak to my heart that I had prayed, but I didn't actually wait for Him to respond. Ah ha! The key to prayer!
And so, I tried again. This time I waited.
Wouldn't you know that I immediately knew where to look and found the hardware? Funny thing is that I had actually looked in the red toolbox at least four times already!!! ;-)
Lesson learned! (I think...)
"Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you." Mark 11:24
"Moses answered them, "Wait until I find out what the LORD commands concerning you." Numbers 9:8
"In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation." Psalm 5:3
I decided to give Sara another chance to earn her rewards and she was quite happy. I'm so thankful that God gives me so many, MANY second chances as well!
Learning and LIVING A BLESSED LIFE!
I will pray and then WAIT!