Let me introduce you to my daughter. This Is Caitlyn. She is a wonderful daughter. She is a girl though, and with raising girls comes DRAMA. One minute you think that you know what she is thinking, and the next, well you get my drift. But, even with all that drama I can't even imagine what our family would be without her. She gives excitement and a new way of thinking. Let me give you and example of that new way of thinking that has just recently happened.
We were packing up the house getting ready for the move. Caitlyn was being such a huge help. Wrapping the glass things is what she loved to do the best while telling me how I was doing it wrong like any preteen does. Anyway, she said to me "I am kind of excited about wrapping up my globes." (her globe collection is her treasured posessions)
I of course said "why?" thinking to myself I am not feeling the same way. Dear, this is going to be a good one.
She proceeded to answer " because then when we get to where we are moving and I get to unwrap all of them it will seem like I am getting these presents all over again.
Chad by that time was in the room helping us and we just started to laugh. We said to her "WOW Caitlyn, that is a great way to think about it." I did not tell her that in my mind I was thinking I am not thinking that way at all. By this time I was thinking I can't believe I have to pack all this up, we don't even know where we are even going. I would love to say at that moment I was thinking "whatever God, you from us that is fine." Instead at that moment, I was thinking something that was not based on truth. Caitlyn made me stop and think what am I doing to think on truth. The verse that came to my mind was Phil 4:8-9 "Finally, bretheren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue and if there be any praise think on these things."
I could not just stop there, I had to go back to the verses before those 2 verses that say..." Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say Rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. In nothing be anxios; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your reqest be make known unto God. And the peace of God which passed all understanding, shall gaurd hearts and your thought in Christ Jesus. Caitlyn made me realize that I was thinking a different way than these verses tell us to think in difficult situations. She was at that time rejoicing about something that was going to bring her joy.I am so thankful for my wonderful daughter and how God has given her a different way of thinking. Even when there is lots of DRAMA that comes along with it.