Beware of “Dollar Tree”

This morning began much like any other morning. My husband and I didn’t go to bed with kids in our bed, but when I awoke Dear Husband (DH) was gone, and two kids were in his place.

I rolled out of bed and began my morning rituals. After brewing some coffee and adding my new pitcher of pumpkin spice latte to my favorite travel mug it was time to sit down and read my devotional. Landry built pyramids out of Solo cups and Myka watched Christy Nockels sing “Everlasting God” on a YouTube video while I read Sarah Young’s “Jesus Calling.”

The devotional was so good I decided to attempt to share it with my girls. This is my faithful account of what happened. I changed some of the vocabulary to try to make it more understandable to my girls. The actual text will be in brackets. I don’t know if that’s APA or MLA acceptable, but I think y’all will forgive me.

Me: I’d like to share what I’m reading with y’all. You tell me when something makes sense to you, okay?

Landry: Okay.

Me: “Beware of seeing yourself through other people’s eyes.”

Landry: Well, (holding her index finger closely to her thumb) that makes a little bit of sense to me.

Me: It’s talking about our identity. We need to believe what God says about us. We are who He says we are. It’s good to be kind and respectful to all people, but they don’t get to determine who we really are.

Landry: (nods head)

Me: “There are several dangers to this practice. First of all, it is nearly impossible to [discern] know what others [actually] really think of you. Moreover, their views of you [are variable] change: [subject to] depending on each viewer’s spiritual, emotional, and physical condition. The major problem with letting others define you is that it borders on idolatry.”

Landry: (freezes building pyramid and looks at me with giant eyes) Wait! What did you say?

Me: (feeling a moment of intense satisfaction and my 5-year-old has a moral compass that understands that idolatry is a no-no) I said that the major problem with letting other people define who you are is bordering on idolatry. Idolatry means worshiping or turning to someone or something else other that God to meet your needs.

Landry: Oh! I thought you said “Dollar Tree!”

If God forbids us from going to Dollar Tree that will be a big deal in our house. Or maybe she thought that letting others define us is a literal store that borders/is next to Dollar Tree? Wouldn’t that be more simple so we could just refrain from going there? We all laughed for a good while. 😀

 photo signature_zps99ea623c.png

Comments

  1. Hi there, i read your blog occasionally and i
    own a similar one and i was just wondering if you get a lot
    of spam comments? If so how do you protect against it, any plugin or anything
    you can advise? I get so much lately it’s driving me
    crazy so any help is very much appreciated.
    auto repair recently posted…auto repairMy Profile

    • jodilafrance says:

      I do get a lot of spam. I am sure there is some plugin I’m supposed to use to cut down on it, but I know next to nothing about blogging so it just isn’t high on my priority list of things to do. If there’s something you’ve found that you really like, feel free to share. Thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂

  2. I was wondering if you ever considered changing the page
    layout of your site? Its very well written; I love what youve got to
    say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people
    could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having
    one or two pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?
    Thousand oaks Cooling recently posted…Thousand oaks CoolingMy Profile

    • jodilafrance says:

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me! I have little experience blogging so it’s not a surprise that I’ve got a lot to learn. I am already quickly seeing that if I want to keep this blogging-thing going over a long period of time then I’m probably going to need to bring other people on board. I love writing and telling stories. I do not love finding the right pictures to go along with my stories. I also do not love all the time needed to format my posts the way they should be. Goodness. This is making me laugh. I’m not upset about it at all, but when you mention changing up the layout (with my limited knowledge) it sounds like one might as well say, “Hey Jodi, I know you’re completely out of shape, but I’d like you to go ahead and knock out about 10 chin-ups at the gym tomorrow.” LOL! All that to say, I completely agree with you! Are there any resources that have been especially helpful to you?

  3. Thanks for sharing this information so freely. You must think about writing a book.

Speak Your Mind

*

CommentLuv badge