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Honed And Refined

This week has been a wake up call for me, being a grandmother of five, two of which are staying with us for the week. They are two rambunctious, free-willed, spirited young boys, ages 10 and 12.  They love one another; yet, they will do anything in their power to keep a row going between them or to get one of them in trouble - just to holler, 'he did it!'

I didn't realize that I'm actually getting 'old'. Can you identify? I don't mean I look old or even feel my age, just that I am not as young as I once was. I just can't stand a lot of bickering, even when I know they aren't going to kill one another with words, although, sometimes, they say it aloud!  Once you have gotten the ability to live a quiet, sedated life, and then noise to the 10th degree comes in, you are ready to pull out your hair! Actually, I can't wait until Friday afternoon - two more days to go!  Oh, don't get me wrong. I love my grandsons! They are two of the most loving boys, hugging you all the time, kissing on you, wanting to set on your lap, very polite - yet, they get on my last nerve, when they begin to holler and chase one another, or get to wrestling in my house. 

I just have to remember that these two boys have a life ahead of them in which they will either be hone and refined by the Grace of God. Or, they will be two of the biggest hardheads in the world. :)  Right now, I'm leaning toward . . .

This week has been a wake up call for me, being a grandmother of five, two of which are staying with us for the week. They are two rambunctious, free-willed, spirited young boys, ages 10 and 12.  They love one another; yet, they will do anything in their power to keep a row going between them or to get one of them in trouble - just to holler, 'he did it!'

I didn't realize that I'm actually getting 'old'. Can you identify? I don't mean I look old or even feel my age, just that I am not as young as I once was. I just can't stand a lot of bickering, even when I know they aren't going to kill one another with words, although, sometimes, they say it aloud!  Once you have gotten the ability to live a quiet, sedated life, and then noise to the 10th degree comes in, you are ready to pull out your hair! Actually, I can't wait until Friday afternoon - two more days to go!  Oh, don't get me wrong. I love my grandsons! They are two of the most loving boys, hugging you all the time, kissing on you, wanting to set on your lap, very polite - yet, they get on my last nerve, when they begin to holler and chase one another, or get to wrestling in my house. 

I just have to remember that these two boys have a life ahead of them in which they will either be hone and refined by the Grace of God. Or, they will be two of the biggest hardheads in the world. :)  Right now, I'm leaning toward the Grace of God and His love to change them into two of the greatest boys on earth.  They love church. This week, they brought their Mom's Bible with them that I had given her as a teenager. And, then they got one of mine. They've been studying the Bible verses they have to learn for their Church group.  It amazes me how young minds can latch on to scripture - say it with ease, and remember what Book of the Bible it came from.  So, I say to the world, you will not have these little boys' minds, although, right now, you are competing with the Lord for them. But, God has a way of answering prayer and guiding little minds in the direction He wants them to go.  And, as we pray for them, He will change their hearts and minds, bringing them to a closer walk with Him.  And, we will look back on these days as 'days of wonder' - wonder if we will ever make it through - or if God has a divine purpose for each of their lives. I want to think He made them 'in His image' - raised them to be 'peculiar people', and one day, they will be walking the path to Glory with the rest of God's people - being honed and refined to HIS perfection.

Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Copyright 2006 by Barbara Sanders, Empire, AL. Used by permission.
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