One morning when Ila and I were at the beach, we sat down on the couch together to work on a school project. As we began talking, we realized that we both had forgotten to read our devotions for the day when we first woke up. We ran back to our bedrooms to get our books and settled in to read them together. Ila read hers to me first, and then I read mine to her.
On that day EE was sharing the story of her friend, Nina Jean. It seems that Nina had been reading in Deuteronomy 1 about when the Israelites were within fourteen days of the Promised Land. Do you remember the social climate of that time? Moses was at his wits' end to put up with the people. They were complaining about absolutely everything! And do you remember what happened to those people? Not a one of them entered the Promised Land!
Nina Jean shared that she made up her mind that if complaining was the reason God's people were denied the privilege of entering Canaan, she was going to quit it. She then set herself the task of no complaining for fourteen days.
As I finished reading to Ila, she said, "Mom! I need to do that!" I agreed that I did, too, and asked if she would like to work on it together. And so we made a covenant not to complain for two weeks. We prayed and asked God to help us as we worked to learn how to serve Him better with our words. We also found pretty matching bracelets to wear to help ourselves and each other to remember.
Well, today is the fourteenth day! We have smiled and hugged and celebrated all along through the day. We wore our bracelets and shared with the rest of our family what we have been up to --and we plan to have a tea party here in a little while to crank the celebration up a notch or two yet.
We learned that breaking the habit of complaining is a tough thing, and we were surprised to find how many "little" negative things pop out in our speech in a day. We also learned that shouldering a challenge together - bearing a burden together - makes the task lighter, even fun.
And best of all? God made Himself known in another significant and special way in our lives: He honored our prayer asking for His help. We found that when we were having a tough time, the other would pop up and say, "Remember your C's!" He gave us the courage to begin and the desire to keep going when old habits started trying to sneak back in. And He has helped us to want to continue!
Praising the Father for His goodness today,
and catching a glimpse from the fourteenth day into "for always" ♥
story from EE's Keep a Quiet Heart