The other morning at breakfast, I was telling Kara she needed to obey (I don't remember why). Our conversation went something like this
Me: Kara, you need to obey (probably about eating her cereal or leaving Lydia alone).
Kara: Mommy what does obey mean.
Me: (thinking -- You know very well what obey means) Obey means that you do what mommy . . .
Me: (interrupted by my thoughts -- It isn't enough that she knows she needs to do what mommy and daddy say, because what if we were to tell her to do something God tells her not to do -- not that we plan that)
Me: Obey means that you do what God tells you to do without fussing, whining, or arguing. So, since the Bible - God's Word - tells you to obey mommy and daddy you need to do what I told you to do.
I hope this conversation made a little sense to you. It amazes me how the Lord uses simple questions and conversations with my children to reinforce the simple commands that I thought I knew. I really thought I knew and understood what obedience was. But I had never really acknowledged that my obedience belongs only to God (i.e. He tells me to submit to my husband so I should submit, He tells me to honor my parents so I honor, etc. . .)
Anyways, this happened about two weeks ago and the concept is still continuously running through my mind. So I just wanted to share it with you.