The Maturing Process

Tue, 11/22/2011 - 13:51 -- Joyce Long

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. Ephesians 4:29

Twenty-two-month-old Sierra tore across the back yard carrying the yellow plastic bat and the
old sandbox truck. Kyle fled hot on her trail. The race was on and so was yet another childhood spat.

Suddenly, with Kyle on her heels, Sierra threw the already battered truck to the ground where it burst into pieces. Shocked, the two stopped short and stared at the broken remnants. Seconds later Kyle erupted into a giggle which spread to Sierra. The contagious laughter wafted to the house where their mothers and aunts stood observing from the window.

Just as quickly as the clash against wills had started, it was over. The adults sighed as the cousins ran off to the swing set and gleefully played together for the next hour.

One month ago when these two were together, they hardly knew ten minutes of peaceful play without a struggle. Now a few weeks later we were witnessing the maturing process. Oh, the issues still arose, but one way or another there seemed to be a resolution, and Kylevand Sierra could enjoy up to an hour of quiet, pleasant play.

How thankful I am that years of maturing can bring days of peaceful living in real life for me. Someday Kyle and Sierra will know that kind of enjoyment in their relationship as well.

Prayer: Father, because of Your power and presence in our lives, we can mature in our actions and reactions. For that I bless You. Amen.

Ponder: Take a few minutes today to reflect with your children. Talk about ways each one of them has matured in relationships with each other. Close the little time of sharing together with a thanksgiving prayer to the Father.

~Donna Kauffman

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