2/19/14

Honest Mom Question

Honest Mom Question:  How long do we have to suffer through dinnertime?  It seems that no matter the meal (either something they like or don't like), we end up having to almost force-feed our kids their food!

It literally took an HOUR to choke down pasta last night.  Mind you - they love pasta, even with the sauce.  I even made it spiral pasta (which is easier to stab with a fork).   HOWEVER, I put a TEENY-TINY amount of zucchini and green peppers in the pasta-bake and it was like the end of the world.  The color green freaked them out like nothing else.  It was if the presence of the green things were actually living monsters come to take over and kill them.  They spotted them right away. No amount of Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, or spaghetti sauce was going to disguise them.  The presence of the green vegetables were immediately the cause of a major break down.

We had tears.  We had crying.  We had moaning, groaning, and wailing.  We had gagging.  We had (literal) running away from the table.  We had pouting.  We had pushing the plate away.  We had it all.  No amount of cheese would make it better.  No amount of bribing with delicious garlic/cheddar biscuits would do it. It finally took the threat of a spanking to get the job done. Literally one hour later, they had choked down about 3/4 of the bowl.  Mind you, it probably counted for about 10 bites.

I've heard that boys are great eaters, that they will eat us out of house and home - but WHEN does this happen?  I fear there is no end in sight to this HORRIBLE dinnertime dilemma. 

SIDE NOTE: This will occasionally happen at breakfast and lunch.  Even though at those meals I pretty much only fix things they like.  **SIGH**

This was on my mind as I read my devotional today.  It was about  Job.  After Job had begged and pleaded God for an answer to why all these terrible things were happening to him, God answers.  But God doesn't tell Job why (sort of).  God tells Job Who He is. 

Job 38
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
“Who is this who darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
Now prepare yourself like a man;
I will question you, and you shall answer Me.
“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding.
 Who determined its measurements?
Surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
To what were its foundations fastened?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
When the morning stars sang together,
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
 
Some Mom Questions are hard.
How long will dinnertime be torture-time?
How long before my child sleeps through the night?
How long will they continue to throw tantrums in the middle of the store?
When will I have to stop saying "Don't lick that"?
How long before my child stops arguing with me over everything?
How long before my child respects me?
How long before my child can feed themselves without making a mess?
The list could literally go on forever.  Motherhood has no manual.
 
Other mom's can answer our questions, give us encouragement, and provide wisdom when it comes to those questions.

When we look at God and start asking HIM the hard life questions, we come back to God's answer to Job: I AM GOD.
Why do the innocent suffer?
I AM GOD
Why do bad people prosper?
I AM GOD
Why do You allow sin, sickness, sadness, darkness, etc.?
I AM GOD
 
The Bible (Life's Manual) is there to show us the answers to life's hard questions.  God answers our questions, but usually it is with:
I am God so....
Trust Me.
Lean on Me.
Have Faith in Me.
Believe Me.
Rest in Me.
Love Me.
Worship Me.

Although I might not know the answer to the hard mom questions, I know the God who answers all of life's hard questions.