Kati Ann’s 3rd Grade Letter

KA 1st day1Kati Ann and I share a little notebook where we write letters to one another.  We don’t do it all the time but I try to write her a note on special days in her life.  Yesterday was Kati Ann’s first day of school in Round Rock.  It has been a summer of many changes and starting a new school was the culmination of those adjustments.  I thought I’d share with you the letter I wrote to my girl in our notebook.

August 25, 2015

Kati Ann,

Today is your first day of third grade.  I am amazed at how bravely you walked into the doors of your new school.  From the outside I would never have guessed you were the new kid.

Over the past several months that we have made the transition to Texas, I have been constantly in awe of your maturity.  We made a big change and you have been a leader.  You have led by example of how to dive in and make the best of an unknown situation.

I’m convinced you were braver than me on many days.

I have loved spending the summer with you.  It has been fun watching you learn about the ways God takes care of us even before we knew we needed it.

You are an amazing young lady and God has BIG plans for such a smart, beautiful and energetic leader like you.

Go show those around you how much Jesus loves them by being kind and attentive to their needs.

I love you, sweet girl.  Can’t wait to see what this year has to bring.

Love,

Mom

I share this letter with you because our children need to know we are their biggest cheerleaders.  They need to be told they are leaders even if leadership doesn’t come naturally for them.  I want to raise a child who influences those around her not the other way around.  That only happens if constantly speak words of affirmation into her life.

Join Me

Encourage your child today even if they aren’t so child-like anymore.  I have often said the most meaningful words my own mother speaks to me are words of affirmation about how I’m doing as a parent or a wife or just a person.  Speak words of life into your child today.

Spell It Out

Go a step further and write out a proclamation of support for your child.  There will be a day when your child will need a tangible reminder of how you feel about them.  Endorse your child out loud and in writing.  Make sure they know you are their champion, their advocate and even when you don’t condone their behavior you approve of them as a person. Speak

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When To Step In and When To Butt Out

at what point should you step in?There was a woman referred to as wise.  She lived in the Jewish town of Abel.  Abel was respected and known for its wisdom.  However an evil man–a traitor of King David had infiltrated the town and David’s troops were barreling into the sleepy town like a freight train.  Typical of a bunch of hot-headed boys particularly one named Joab.  Joab was the leader of several of David’s crusades.  Many would consider him wildly successful as a warrior but short on sensitivity.  You see, Joab was a fixer.  If there was a problem, he fixed it with little regard for who are what got hurt in the process.

But there was a woman–we don’t know her name but if the Bible refers to her as wise, I’d say she was probably something pretty special.  We find this woman in 2 Samuel 20.  The wise woman was doing life and I’m going to take a guess she wasn’t just twiddling her thumbs.  She was probably a busy woman with plenty on her plate (sound like anyone you know?).   I can almost imagine her exasperated sigh as she realizes she doesn’t have time for the drama but knows something had to be done.

So she stepped in.  She asked for a meeting with Joab and then calmly and respectfully pointed out the harm the troops were causing to a peaceful, loving town.  She asked disarming questions and came to find out Joab’s intentions were honorable.  Sure, he was wrecking havoc on her town and her people but doing so with good cause.  Joab just needed an adjustment in his methods.

This unnamed woman described only as “wise” earned her characterization as she suggested a change in course.  Joab would get what he wanted and so would she.  The wise woman orchestrated the capture of the traitor and saved her city.

Should You Step In?

Are there disputes or hard feelings wrecking havoc on your peaceful existence?  There are certainly times we should mind our own business but with God’s discernment there are times to step in and be a peacemaker.  You may not have time for the drama and you really just don’t want to get involved.  However, as a believers God places us in circumstances to serve as peacemakers.

Stepping in requires a sacrifice.  It requires getting our hands dirty and allowing God to do His work through us.  Peacemaking demands an allegiance to God that puts aside our wants and desires and hearing God’s voice.  Sometimes it means being silent and sometimes it involves speaking truth, asking questions and choosing to build others up.

Questions:

Do you find yourself in a harried situation?  Have you prayed for God’s wisdom for an appropriate method of ushering peace into the relationship?

Are there circumstances when you are the freight train or Joab in the story?  Are you methods honorable but destructive to those around you?  

Challenge:

Pray for discernment as you approach the relationships God has put in your path.  May you take on the label of “wise” as you promote peace.

 

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