Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Who me?

Lately the Kennyboo has taken on quite a few new phrases around here.

Several of them would include, "OH MY WORD MOMMA", or, "I Don't Tink So", or, "STOP IT RIGHT NOW", and of course she just wouldn't be the Kennyboo without this one, "No, we not havin dis" (while tossing her baby in time-out).

But the other day while we were home I asked her to come into the kitchen and pick up her never ending cycle of little ponies that seem to make their homes... Oh in my, cabinets, stove and yes, the refrigerator.

We were the only ones home, the other girls were at school.

She says to me with hands stuck to the hip,

"Who me?"

And I looked at her like, What?, are you seriously asking this question? You are the only one home, the only one who plays with ponies and the ONLY one who would ever think that a cabinet makes a good barn for them.

I replied, "Um yes, YOU."

She says shaking her sassy blond head, "No, not me." And walks off.

I was quite taken back for a second. When did she develop the skill of denial without my knowledge? =)

For a moment I thought, oh great, he we go with a whole new era of "Kennedy issues"! Like I need anything else to deal with that child!!! =)

Several melt-downs later we finally got all the ponies picked up and put away.

As I read this verse today:

"Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it." -Psalm 119:35

I got to thinking about this incident with the Kennyboo.

I strongly believe that God does give us children and people in our lives to see small reflections of ourselves at times! And this was a big one for me!

How many times has God set something right before my eyes and I've said, "Who me? No, that must apply to so in so." or "Who me? I didn't make this mess." or "Who me? I can't accomplish a task like this one! It's to big!"

How delighted I would have been if Kennedy would have said, "Oh yes ma'am!" And got started on picking up her ponies.

Instead we went around the melt-down-mountain, again.

The Lord revealed to me that I'm so like this incident when He requires sincere obedience from me on things I'd rather not do.

When obedience is required often I go kicking and screaming, just like Kennedy. But what this verse says is that really our souls delight in it! What???

How many times has God felt exactly like I do with Kennedy with me? Ready to pull his hair out, lock me in a room or call His best guy (Jesus) to "vent" about me??? (ok, God would never do that, but you get my point!)

As I look around today, there is obedience to be found all over my life. But not just obedience, delightful obedience that says, "Yes..........me."


Ok, so I said I was going to be doing a give away last week.....sorry. It's been crazy around here! BUT, my friend Leigh is having a ton of give aways this week!! So make your way over to her blog and check it out! You will not be disappointed! And next week I'll have my giveaway up!


Sharon Brumfield said...

I remember doing a children's church on this same topic.
I remember telling them that when they look into their childs face...they are seeing a smaller vision of their own. OUCH!
I had a similar situation with Julia the other day. I remember thinking..that is me. Sometimes it is not even me on the surface...but what is in my heart. That is a hard pill to swallow. But, it is true.
I have heard others say that what we judge in others is what we don't like about ourselves. Talk about stepping on my toes.
God has been dealing with me on some issues....change will be coming..and then maybe there will be fewer melt downs. ;)

Sharon Brumfield said...

I guess I should have said that I was doing childrens church in front of the entire church. After I spoke to the children I turned and spoke this to the adults. Don't you think they loved me after I spoke this?

Irritable Mother said...

I absolutely LOVE when God reveals Himself in our expriences with children. We understand so much better when He puts it on our level.
Glad you had you eyes open for this lesson!

MiMi said...

Thank you for sharing these precious stories about your girlys! I love them and isn't it amazing how God can speak to us so many times through little children.

Have a great day!

Kay Martin said...

Ouch..."Who Me?" Yes, I am often finding the main one causing an issue is Moi!!! I love the fact that your dear little one felt so safe to express herself. That speaks to you as a compassionate mom!

As I read your posts I see your wonderful mother heart.

Alisun said...

I get that too, the whining and the God teaching me through my children it can sting both ways!
Good luck with the two of you home together and the phrases both old and new.

amy b said...

Before Brian and the two babies there was only a dog. A sweet, mild-mannered, fun loving golden retreiver who thinks Brian has hung the moon because he can throw the ball further than anybody. You should have seen the expression she had on her face the first time he threw the tennis ball, it was like, "I've been waiting for you my whole life!!!!" However, the jury is still out for her on the two things that seem to have overtaken her territory, Elizabeth and Jackson. So, when Elizabeth has one of her meltdowns and Jackson is throwing spaghetti on the walls, I often notice her reaction which follows mine. It's usually one of "Is this my lot in life?" I tell ya, mirrors come in all shapes, sizes and life forms!!!

On Purpose said...

I can so relate to the "who me?"

oh and the kicking and screaming...yikes...this doesn't look very pretty does it!