For the moment all discipline seems painful…

…rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. — Hebrews 12:11

It is a Tuesday and has been raining steadily since early this morning. Many of the roads are flooded, as is our backyard. I got home from work a few minutes ago and put a load of laundry in. My wife and the little kids are at a trampoline park in Wilmington. The bigger kids are at home because they got into trouble by not finishing their assigned schoolwork in the past few days. For many years Sikki and I been frustrated in motivating the kids to do their schoolwork. They are too big for spankings. When I get off the computer, I will speak to them about the discipline of fathers & the discipline of God, which the writer of Hebrews discussed. I pray for my children every day.

If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come!

EDIT, 2 HOURS LATER: My younger daughter has a stubborn streak. I felt like I talked with her until my face was blue and she was still unrepentant, proud, and unbending. I was so frustrated I got up and went to my room. In my room, I prayed because I am worried about her in particular, because she is so enamored by the world and all that glitters. I worry that she will be deceived. I told God I don’t know what to do, what to say. I feel like I have fished all night and caught nothing. I opened the Word while I was still praying and read Psalm 102. Its last verse says:

The children of your servants shall dwell secure; their offspring shall be established before you.

I am encouraged. The Lord is a God of knowledge.

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Author: Steve Hobbs

I live and write near the beaches of Brunswick County, NC. I entered this fallen reality in 1975. My wife Sikki and I were married in 1997. We have five children. I am a follower of Jesus and a seeker of truth.

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