First, let me begin by saying that #1 I am still as white as a ghost, #2 I have NOT gained 5 lbs. from eating homemade fudge, so #3 one can conclude that the computer was successfully taken to the guy downtown and the camera issues have been solved!!! So, it is time for another post.
The other day, Kinlee was home sick (again!) (I don't know when this family is going to finally be well - ALL of us at the same time, that is!) I guess it's that time of year, though. Anyway, while she was home, we decided to get out the playdoh. It had been a while since she had gotten it all out, and I quickly remembered how therapeutic childhood activities like playdoh can be. As we were working on our creations, some valuable lessons began to pop into my mind. I would like to share them with you:
- We, much like playdoh, can easily be molded - for the good OR for the bad. I watched as Kinlee began to mold her playdoh into just about anything she wanted it to be - a snake, a ball, a worm.... How easily it was formed, messed up, and formed again, in a matter of minutes. The Bible tells us not to be "conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds." How are we being transformed or molded? Are we easily changed in our hearts and minds by the latest "fad" in religion, or do we stick to the Word and strive to live it everyday of our lives?
- The cookie cutters we used reminded me how easy it is to shape our lives and the lives of those around us. As parents, how are we shaping our lives, and thus the lives of our children? Mark and I have heard on so many occasions from so many different people how much our kids look and act like each of us. What are we doing for them? What examples are they seeing in OUR lives that they will immulate as they grow themselves, both physically and spiritually?
- Finally, some very good conversation can come while playing with playdoh. I don't think the playdoh itself necessarily had anything to do with it, but just the fact that we had slowed down enough to sit at the table, do something together, and "chat". I know for a fact that sometimes I get so busy with the day-to-day "stuff" that I fail miserably at the slow times. So, the next time you feel "disconnected" with your kiddos, pull out the playdoh and have some fun!
I hope that these have made you think - they definitely did that for me!!!