I felt like I communicated that I have the power to give and take away and her resulting obedience just made our days so much happier. I know the power struggle will be a balance throughout parenting, but I just can't believe we grounded our 17 month old already! Discipline has started and I have to be ready- even if I'm not! Kenny and I have been memorizing Proverbs 3 and I am reminded of a piece of wise advice: "Do not despise the Lord's discipline, do not resent his rebuke. For the Lord disciplines those He loves as a father the son he delights in." Good parents delight in their children and discipline them when necessary. I was thinking about if God ever had to take away "TV" in my life to help me not be so grumpy. The answer is yes! Kenny and I literally fasted from TV for 40 days a few years ago. The result being we felt His calling to leave Aurora. Little did we know He had Idaho in our plans, and what joy we have found being here. God has taken away teaching from me temporarily. I couldn't understand why I couldn't get a job when we first moved out here- we really needed the money! I have found so much joy in staying home with June that couldn't have been received if I were working right now. God has the power to give and take away in our lives, and our resulting obedience to what He has given us makes our days so much more joyful.
Many more lessons from parenting are sure to come.