Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Buttoned lip

If any good thing could possibly come from our moth infestation, it's that, in the process of throwing out half the contents of my kitchen, I had to go through a wire basket that had sat in my cabinet, full of papers, for a very long time.

Most of it went to the dumpster, but this is a keeper:

This card sat next to my sink for years (I photoshopped out our oldest daughter's then-four-year-old handwritten name from the bottom of it!). From the looks of the yellowing and all the splatters, it has quite obviously seen a lot of action.

This was one of the first verses I taught my kids, one day when I was desperate to do something about the hateful tones reverberating throughout my house (those are the times when even an un-crafty person like me pulls out all the stops, breaks out the construction paper, and goes for the visuals!).

I suppose the card has helped them, but mostly it serves as a reminder to me (am I being hateful to them when I'm telling them to stop being hateful?). God is kind of funny like that. He has this way of showing me that the things I feel compelled to teach my kids relate directly to my own weaknesses. Sigh.

I guess it's good that the buttoned lip has been resurrected as a refresher course for the older kids. Heaven knows they need it. As for the youngest crop of Raising Five kids, it's never too early to have them asking for God's help controlling that little part of the body that James calls "a fire, a world of iniquity" (James 3:6).

In my case, I'm thankful that it's never too late, either.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19:14
If you are interested in memorizing scriptures with your family, we have used many resources from Doorposts. They are well done, straight scripture without fluff, and I don't have to come up with a visual!

Oh, and in case you're thinking I'm so original in coming up with the buttoned lip, I'm not. My mother had one just like it (with the verse) by her sink when I was a little girl! Knowing how much my brother and I argued growing up, I'm certain she made hers on a day similar to the one in which I made mine. Have I mentioned how much I appreciate my mom?

13 comments:

Wendy said...

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing this.

Terra said...

I have been reading your blog for sometime now. I am a friend of your long-distance friend Sherri! I wanted you to know what a blessing it is to spy in on your family each day! I wish I had a lock and key on my own mouth most days. Thanks for the reminder.

Susanne said...

Cute idea and I sure do need to steal it!

MamaLee said...

New reader here. I need to use this idea/psalm. Thanks for sharing this!

Munchkin Land said...

What a wonderful idea! I'm going to have to borrow that one...

org junkie said...

I have bookmarked that site, thanks for telling us about. I learn so much from you!

Laura

Alycia said...

I'm a new reader and so blessed to have found your blog! This is exactly what I needed to read this morning as we've been struggling with unkindness between siblings lately. I felt God speaking to me lately that my tones have not consistenly been sweet to them as well. Thank you for this visual ~ I am going to copy your idea and post it where I can see it easily. Thank you!

Megan said...

what a darling idea! I love it, and I need it!

Ivey Elizabeth Sirmans said...

I love this. I can't tell you how many times I have told my two boys their tone was rude, yet so was mine. You are right it is funny. I may have to borrow this hidden idea from you. Maybe the moths were a sign???

Sharon said...

That is such a good idea! I do memory verses with my daughter doing the ABC's. For example 'A' is for "All have sinner and come short of the glory of God." She learns her letters and a memory verse at the same time. I love the idea of your little card though. I will definitely have to use that one!

Jennifer said...

I'm getting out the buttons and construction paper *today*!! :-D And we are *all* (including mom!!) making one. I was just praying yesterday that I needed a fresh idea to deal with this issue, as we have fallen *waayy* off the wagon here lately. Thanks for sharing!

Ann V.@HolyExperience said...

A buttoned lip-- inspired, Katherine.
Been singing that Fernando Ortega song all week: "May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in Your sight"--makes one want to fall prostrate to worship....

All's grace,
Ann

Sheila said...

What a cool idea! I think I will do this.

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