Not sure where it all began with my son, maybe it was the school, the thought that he just couldn't do his work can sometimes send him down the loop and it can be very difficult to bring him back.
Anyway, he went far down and struggled to keep some self control (which is hard for us adults too).
With not reacting and some crying out to God for help and wisdom I eventually got his attention and was able to talk with him about his behaviour.
By the end of the day his tears were flowing and the best apologies were falling from his lips and he was very remorseful for his behaviour.
It's true repentance that changes the heart!
This morning when Joshua got out of bed and came down stairs the first thing he said to me was "Mum I am so glad I can go to bed and drift off to sleep and start a new day, because yesterday was not a very nice day".
What an attitude, what a great spirit to just know it was wrong and that those types of days we don't want around here, he recognised how awful it is to be in strife and how wonderful it is to have peace. Today he has really tried to keep the peace (not stir his sister, obey his Mother and do his best school work).
Right now as I was putting the banana and walnut bread in the oven (Joshua's favourite) a gentle whisper dropped into my spirit saying go on a date with your son, take him fishing, come back and cook salmon together and play monopoly whilst eating popcorn and banana bread. I thought, what an awesome idea, just what my son needs, some quality Mum time.
My 6yo daughter is at Nana's for the night, so what a perfect opportunity to go on a date with my 9yo son.
Having read 'The Five Love Languages of Children' a long time ago, I have recognised that quality time and gifts is my sons top two love languages and when I haven't spent fun quality time with him, there is a distance between us and I don't want that, I want him to feel comfortable to talk to me about anything.
After Joshua spoke this morning I thought of the wonderful scripture "The Lords mercies are new every morning and His compassion's never fail".
Someone once said that God's new mercies are like a fresh loaf of bread in the morning.
I so get that!
This photo was taken in Geelong this winter when David and Joshua went out with a friend on his boat out from Queenscliff. I love the peaceful look on his face.