Monday, March 15, 2010
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Do you know the story "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"? If you give a mouse a cookie he's going to want....and want...and want. We have a neighborhood of mice! They are actually kids that keep showing up at our door. They all have single moms. Their moms are good women, but they are probably stressed out and overwhelmed. Yesterday the doorbell rang a half dozen times before noon. Juergen was at church with the kids. I was home with Jessica (we take turns caring for Jess). I struggle with how much to give the kids. If you give too much, they will live at your door. One little 8 year old boy already does. I think we have gotten to the place we can invite these kids to church. I'm not sure our church would be up to the challenge! These are not the most polite and well behaved kids. They are pretty wild, and unrefined. I remember two boys my dad use to pickup on the church Sunday school bus. They also had a single mom. She would party on Saturday night, and wanted to sleep on Sunday morning. She saw church as free babysitting. The 2 boys came every Sunday morning. One of them got saved, and the other didn't. The boy that got saved went to college, and the other one went to jail. My dad just drove the bus. I want to find a balance at home. I can have the kids invade my house once or twice a week, but we also need some peace. Please pray with me that these kids will come to church with us. I can not meet all of their needs, but God can. I can be part of their answer, and I'm open to that...but I'm not the whole answer! They wear me out. I really need wisdom!