Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you, he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
I am not sure if it is the exhaustion from the trip or if this is pre-teen hormone behavior, but Anjali has been quite difficult today. She insists that she doesn’t have to follow the rules or requests that Jeff and I ask of her and is talking back and being very disrespectful. This has been a struggle for us for several months now, but I feel like it has gotten worse or at least more intense. There are several problems with this, besides the obvious, one is that Lucia sees this and we are starting to see her behavior mimic Anjali’s in a lot of ways. Now this is really tricky; how do you discipline the behavior of a 5 year old acting like an 11 year old who is acting like an 16 year old. The punishments cannot be the same. But when we do different punishments (different for Anjali and Lucia) for the same thing, this also creates additional problems for Anjali because she doesn’t see it as “fair”. Even though “fair” is not appropriate for Lucia. It seems as though this is a vicious cycle that we are having difficulty navigating.
However, reading this passage, I am wondering if we are going about this all wrong. We are disciplining and scolding the girls for their poor and disrespectful behaviors, but I wonder if we need to lift those up to God and use him more. First if we lifted our frustrations up daily and asked him for help; I know he would come through for us. I feel like we are trying to navigate through this with no success and that he could provide us with a much better solution.