Wow, this week is hot! 103 or more today. My mom has been visiting with my neice, who is 5, and it has been a real blessing. She doesn’t get to make many trips this way, and we’re so happy to have her here!

I ran across a scripture that was so, SO refreshing to read! I mentioned in my 2nd homeschooling post how I constantly look at other families and try to learn from what I see; whether they seem to be doing something worth emulating, or if I would like my family to avoid something they embrace. I have also always struggled with whether or not that was classified as “judgment” and if so, how then to go about evaluating methods of parenting and such. Well, God has answered this for me (Thank you so much, Lord!).

Proverbs 24: 30-32 reads like this:

I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man devoid of
understanding; And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was
covered with nettles; It’s stone wall was broken down. When I saw it, I
considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction:

Wow,” was all I could say. If this is among King Solomon’s writings, and I do as he did, I guess I’m grateful to be walking in the steps of the wise. I can “look on” others’ fields… not to condemn, or point out their weeds, or even to shake my head in pity. I look on them and receive instruction. I can’t tell you how freeing this is for my heart. I am so grateful.

Now if I can just quit thinking, “…the field of the lazy lady… all overgrown with obnoxious locust trees; Its surface covered with cheet grass; it’s field fence all saggy and leaned over…”