Again and again, I give thanks that my children have a wide and deep net of people who love them. I am listening to them bicker (with each other) and laugh and play outside with one friend they have known since right after Luke was born. This friend just told them if they didn't quit arguing she wasn't going to play the game anymore ;-)
It reminds me, once again, of the blessing of family and friends who love us in life-giving ways...who we can count on to bring out the best in us by encouraging the beautiful and not indulging the ugly.
I am thankful that God holds me accountable in the same ways. Although He can be quite tender with my stubbornness, He never shrinks from telling me what I need to hear when I am having a fit...or when I am hurting deeply. Always speaking truth. He does this to bring out the best in me, even if initially, I don't want to listen.
He who ignores discipline despises himself,
but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.
This next one makes me laugh because it says it like it is. I am sorry to say I have "been there and done that" on more than one occasion.
...he who hates correction is stupid.