Food for thought…over and over….and over again.

teaching us

Psalms 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

 We started a new chore incentive for our kids.  We have a chart posted on our refrigerator with a bunch of different chores.  Each of our kids can choose what chores they want to do and they will earn money accordingly.  There are about 20 chores listed on there and they range from feeding the dogs to washing windows. 

We just started this idea last week, we have tried similar ideas in the past but out kids were a little young, so now that they are motivated, and the holidays are approaching, they have asked what they can do to earn some money.  So the first day that I hung up the chart, my house broke out in utter chaos. Everyone was fighting over what chores they wanted to do, all at once they were running to get brooms, towels, and cleaning supplies. They were screaming over who was going to wash the windows first, fighting over not being able to see the chart because they were in each others way.  They would read a chore such as making their bed, they would run upstairs and be back down 15 seconds later and mark that chore off the list.  I let them roll with it for a little while, but then I decided to check their actual cleaning progress.  I wish I would’ve taken a picture of what they considered “making their bed” and “washing the windows”.  Feeding the cow consisted of spilling buckets of grain all over the barn floor, feeding the dogs consisted of throwing a handful of dog food into the driveway.  Ok, so this wasn’t turning out the way I was hoping.  I realized that I need to spend the time to teach them how to do these tasks, otherwise it was pointless, they would continue being slobs who thought that washing the windows consisted of spraying them with cleaner and walking away. 

So, each day I have been doing the chores right along with them, we go up and make the beds together because they still cannot make them correctly.  So today I finally sent them up alone to make their beds, they presented to me the disaster that they thought was a “great job”.  Jacob’s comforter was on sideways, the pillows weren’t on the bed because he “forgot about them” and the sheet was crumpled into a big ball underneath his comforter.  I sighed as I said “guys we have been doing this everyday for a week, why do I have to keep showing you how to do this?”

As I was walking downstairs I wondered if they were too young for chores, but in that moment, God opened my eyes and spoke to my heart….  He has to show me things over, and over, and over…..and over before I finally understand, and sometimes after I understand He still has to show me again.  Yet, what does He do? He walks beside us still, He holds our hand still, and He perseveres still because He loves us.  He doesn’t give up, He doesn’t let up, and He doesn’t fail us.  There are things that I still don’t do correctly in my life, and in my Christian walk.  I still need to be shown.  Ladies, we have such a hope that even though we fail…miserably fail sometimes, our King doesn’t leave our side, He wants to teach you and I, even if He has to teach us over and over again.  It is by His grace and love that we “grow in the grace and knowledge of God” and would it not be for Him, we (like my kids) would be clueless.  Rest in Him, ask Him to teach you because He promises this….. “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3


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  1. this is so true…….I have said many times when I correct someone over & over, the LORD says “Martha, I have to do the same thing with you!”