Friday, November 12, 2010
Mom, can I get a Hamster? Pleeeease?
Many of you have gone through the "various-pets-stage" with your children or as a child yourself.
As a child, I was used to having one or two cats who lived outdoors.
I would never have considered asking my parents for a rodent.
This is the price I pay though for encouraging my daughter to read.
I gladly pay the price for such a treasure though.
You see, she chooses to read all about hamsters.
Yes, she has used my passion for reading and for her to be an avid reader against me. This nine-year old turned the tables on me.
Every time I ask her to summarize her reading material, I get to hear all about HAMSTERS. When we go to my favorite place of recreation, the BOOK store, I end up buying books for her about HAMSTERS.
I finally capitulated. Time for her to learn responsibility and take on this challenge.
So, now, sitting near me as I type is a furry little creature with beady eyes. I pray she survives the day of traumatic transition. I pray I do as well.
God understands this gift-giving process. He even wrote in His Word, the Bible, that if we who are humans know how to give good gifts to those who ask, how much more does our Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who love and obey Him?
Of course, His view is larger than some of the requests I give him. I certainly wish I had won that HGTV apartment in NYC for example. After all, I signed up daily for the chance to win.
I know in my heart, my requests need to be aligned with His will. The only way I get to know His will is to read His Word. Being given The Holy Spirit as a gift from God is, I admit, a gift I often do not tap into during the day. I rarely think about His precious gift of His Spirit.
I need to stop and read His Word today. In fact, I am going to do so right now.
After I check on the hamster.
Blessings on you and may God's gifts be evident in your life today.