We’ve been having a hard time getting Levi to go to bed at night. He does everything he can to keep us in his room. It gets to the point where he’s screaming so loud that I’m waiting for a DFCS swat team to drop out my ceiling and lock us all up.
August 23 was no different. Kelli and I put the boys in bed and Kelli stayed to get Levi to calm down while I started to work on a Bible study. Despite her efforts, he became more and more emotional. My patience ran out, I stomped into the room, and told Kelli to leave. I throw my dominance and power around, I raised my voice, spanked him, and left him there to scream his heart out.
I walked out of the room to hear my virtuous wife say, “He feeds off your impatience and frustration.” Then I said, “Well, nothing else is working.” I walked away frustrated at her, too.
I went back to my Bible study and turned to Proverbs 16:32:
Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.
Talk about perfect timing. Although that was the last thing I wanted to hear, it was exactly what I needed.
I went back to Levi’s room, patiently calmed him down and took time to pray over him. His whole demeanor changed when I decided to obey and apply God’s word. It’s been getting a little better every night since I changed my approach. Crazy how that works, huh?
Here are the songs we’re singing this week. Look for God in the little moments and let Him speak to you even when you don’t want to hear it.