My little man is learning that he can go against us. It used to be fun for him to obey, but now, he is testing out his power. Instructing Walt is one of the most difficult things that I have ever had to do. I am praying that God continues to mold me into being a better parent each day so that through his good days and ones full of sin, Walt can see me glorify God through my response to his behavior. Noah is steady as a stream, but sometimes my angry can flare up faster than a forest fire. Over the past five years God has done lots of work in my heart so that I communicate my frustrations more effectively instead of just getting mad. Now, I am praying that God will allow me to communicate better to Walt his sin calmly so that he can make a rational choice, and if he makes the wrong one, he understands what his punishment will be. Yet, at the same time, I have learned something VERY wise from my neighbor, which I have been pondering over the last week. Sometimes Walt is being a kid and in his innocence doesn't understand that he is disobeying, and sometimes he does know it and chooses to do wrong to test out his limitations. So basically in the five seconds following the act I have to make a decision on which of the two it was and how I will respond to it! This is overwhelming! Please pray that I have good discernment! This stage has arrived before I realize it, and it reminds me of my need for Jesus.