I was shocked when in 1966, as a first grade teacher, I found that my class would not obey me. They looked so innocent too. Such cuties. I didn't have a clue. This led me to recall that at fifteen I had given up babysitting my two younger brothers. They had taken apart Mom's Baby Ben alarm clock while I was babysitting. Mom said, "Weren't you watching them?" "Yes, " I said. "I watched them take apart the clock. It kept them quiet!" Mom never asked me to babysit again.
Wayne and Davy 1958
When I left home at eighteen, my compliant sister took over the babysitting.
Evy at 15
I survived three years as a first grade teacher. Then I left teaching and was hired to work at a library. This was much more to my liking.
Three years later when my daughter, Heather, was born I was again flabbergasted. I knew then that Original Sin was true. Everybody, except Jesus, is born with sin in his heart. Each one will have to decide in his heart if he will obey God or rebel against Him.
Because of my strong-willed child I asked God to help me. I couldn't quit being a mother. As a result of prayer I joined a MOPS group. We read "Help! I'm a Parent," by Bruce Narramore. We worked on the companion workbook together. By God's grace Heather turned out great! I now pray with a Moms In Prayer group for my grandchildren.
Small temper tantrum
Because of their rebellion against God we have young men murdering innocent people. Some day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. I pray it will happen soon.