Sweet sibling sounds.

Another 24 hours from the couch.  It’s getting kind of old!  As the kids finished up dinner last night, I laid back down.  And I crashed.  Hard.  I know the nap was at least an hour – probably longer.  And as I woke up but laid still, my children were beautifully playing board games on the family room floor.  They were giggling, encouraging one another, and just generally having fun.  They were also playing “name that artist” on Pandora.  This is their latest game – yes, we do listen to a lot of Christian contemporary music – and they love to guess who is singing the song.

I can’t tell you how this one thing overwhelms any other thoughts of gratitude I could have for the last day.  The last several months have been marked by squabbling.  Oh so much arguing, “she’s being mean,” name-calling, excluding one another, teasing, etc.  After 7 years of sibling bliss – they have always been good friends and enjoyed one another – they have been making up for lost time in the argument department.

I’ve been a bit at a loss, and we’ve spent a lot of time talking about how our home and family are placed where we get encouraged and built up so that we can deal with it when the world tries to tear us down.  We’ve memorized James 1:19 together : “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” We’re working on Ephesians 4:29: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, so that it may benefit those who listen.”

I haven’t seen much progress.

So on an evening where dad had to work late and mom just had to take a nap, what a sweet blessing it was to find my children playing peacefully, enjoying one another, and singing along to some great praise songs to God.

Call that #90.

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