"To overcome argumentativeness, we must first, in the words of St. Vincent de Paul, "love our neighbor as being made in the image of God and as an object of His love." We would not dare speak disrespectfully to Jesus himself, so we must remind ourselves that He dwells in other people-even those with whom we're angry."
I made this my prayer and motivation for the day. I told myself that Jesus dwells in each of my children and those I encounter today. What I am speaking to them, I am speaking to Him because he dwells in THEM. Treat them as such.
I really realized today the value of attempting to be in constant prayer and union with God. After I prayed this prayer, I walked out of our bedroom to a major blowout. No big deal. We have been doing a lot of batch cooking as of late so I was browning 12 pounds of turkey meat to make three huge pots of soup. As I was doing that, there was another leaky diaper and several other stops and starts to the soup making process. Although, nothing crazy yet. As we usually do each morning, I began sending the children off to take a shower and get ready for the day. Suddenly, one of the disclosed children came running out, "MOM, the toilet is flooding and water is all over the floor and carpet. I can't get it to stop." I run back to our room to try to stop the overflowing toilet. The best part is the child had used the toilet and all her contents were on the floor and were leaking onto our carpet. I am majorly gagging and the offender stood near me in horror and apologized over and over.
The grace of morning prayer was given at that moment. I recalled the words I had read just thirty minutes before about Christ dwelling within each child and person you meet. I turned to her and reassured her like I would if it were Christ standing next to me. That incidence set the tone for the rest of the day for the good.
|6 1/2 weeks old.|