Often, I will tell them, say, “Okay, guys, you are putting it on me that I am suppose to have you at three birthday parties this weekend. You are going to be singing at this little deal at the church and you are going to have three friends over in the next week.” With four children, there is often times that many things going on…”
Ed: Five children.
Lisa: Five counting Ed. So, I said, “Look, I want to tell you something. Deuteronomy 6 does not say anything about I have to have you at Ashley’s house on Wednesday. It doesn’t say anything about having your birthday party at whatever place, the greatest birthday party adventure in the world. It says I am supposed to teach you about the Lord. If some of those other things fit in, hurrah for Mommy. Yeah! You’ve done a good job. But this is the basic foundational stuff. So I even share that with them. I just kind of stumbled upon this because it was like, “Okay, I want to tell you, it’s not just me, it’s God. God said this. It’s not all falling on me.” What that does is it shows them that everything in our lives is painted by the backdrop of the Scripture. It’s put right there for us to see, so that is how we determine how we live. We have to line things up. We have to eliminate. What do we eliminate? What are we saying no to and what do we say yes to? We better be saying yes to time alone with the Lord. We need to be saying yes to time with our spouse.
Ed: Oh, yeah.
Lisa: You like that one.