Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CONSEQUENCES OF BADGERING

The littlest grands learned at an early age the fine art of badgering.  It works every time---well almost every time.  I am spineless when it comes to giving them almost everything they ask for.  The conversation usually goes something like this:

H-  Can I have an ice cream sandwich?
Lulu--You have already had 3 treats since you arrived.
H- But I just want an ice cream sandwich and that will be my last treat.
Lulu--It will make your tummy hurt if you eat too many treats.
H- But I am still hungry.
Lulu--Mommie will not be happy if I take you home with a tummy ache because you had too much sugar.
H-I am really really hungry!
Lulu--H, I said No
H-But why not
Lulu--I am not telling you again--no more treats.
H-I haven't had an ice cream sandwich today and I really like them
Lulu--SIGH----OK


The baby even has his own form of badgering.  It involves pointing at what he wants---whining---saying "Dat"---whining more---eventually crying if you do not give him what he has his eye on.  WHO could resist this sweet face?


I am weak when it comes to denying any of my grandchildren.  Sometimes--such as too many treats--it really is not for their best--but I give in and hand them what they are badgering me for knowing it has consequences.

There have been times in my life that I badgered God---day after day---the same prayer--begging-pleading---non-stop --requests for what I think is best.  There have been times---my prayers were eventually answered and the consequences were huge.  I have always heard "Be careful what you pray for."  I fail to take his silence--even His No's as answers in my best interest--but instead continue to bombard Heaven with the same requests that I think are in my best interest.

I am learning---it's about time---I now ask God---"If this is not in your will for me, please take the desire from my heart.".    When I step down from my throne---and submit to His plan---it is always for my best--"Father truly knows best!"

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."
Jeremiah 29:11

1 comment:

  1. mmm ... sometimes He says YES and the sky seems to open with love and grace. Sometimes He says NO and we pout and whine. But often He seems to say WAIT. And that's the hardest answer of all ...

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