Church As A Bribe--Who Woulda Thought?

June 29, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

It's been a busy week, lots of projects getting done. I have actually got the house to the point where I can get it cleaned up in a couple of hours in the morning, except for our bedroom and bath, because the Redneck is sleeping. After he's up and gone for work however, I an quickly whiz through them, and I'm done.

One of the many projects I've been doing is yet more yard work, especially the never ending mowing. Obie loves to ride in the trailer behind me, and he will bug me until it's tmie to go out and hitch up.

Wednesday I had a lot of stuff to do inside in the morning. Obie kept asking to mow, and I would say, "Okay, let me finish all this stuff, and we will mow." Unfortunately, by the time I did everything it was time for me to start lunch, so I said we would mow after the Redneck left for work that afternoon. Obie said okay. I thought we had this under control.


Turns out that when the Redneck drove off, I discovered the temperature had hit 'oven' status. No way was I mowing in heat like that. However, I had promised Obie we would mow, and he was looking forward to it.


I had a couple of choices. I could simply tell him no, we weren't mowing. My grandfather once told me that if you promise a child something you deliver. If you promised a pony, get a saddle. If you promise a spanking, get a switch. You don't promise a child something then not fulfill it. So...that was a no.

I could simply stall all afternoon until it got cooler. Unfortunately Texas in the summer seldom cools off until it is almost dark. I have neighbors who would be getting home and ready for bed by then.


What was I going to do?

I tossed a quick prayer upwards, asking for wisdom. I got back, "It's Wednesday."


Oh wait, Wednesday!

I called Obie over and said, "I want to ask you a question. Do you want to mow, or do you want to go to church?"


Thank you Jesus.

I called a friend who goes to Lighthouse Assembly, and she agreed to pick us up for services. We had time to finish a couple of things, get cleaned up and ready for church. We had a good time, with worship, music and a great lesson. Obie was thrilled.

So was I, cause I was off the hook!

Thursday morning we got up, did the chores, had breakfast, and then we mowed the entire back of the property. Obie was happy, and we didn't melt in the heat.

Amazing how God will help us in every situation, no matter how trivial we may think it is. James 1:5 says,

"If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking."

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018