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The Audacity

Our sweet Adeline is a talker. She loves to communicate. She has learned phrases that you do not expect out of a mouth of a 3 year old. Recently these expressions have not so good. It is amazing how she uses them correctly with great timing.

Yesterday, we were at a friend’s house and Addy was playing with a piece of furniture, opening and closing the doors. I tried redirecting her, “Addy, we play with toys, not Ms. Bethany’s (Bef-knee’s) dresser.” She slowly turns cutting her eyes and says “Oh, so that is what you think!” I motion her to come close and I whispered sweet nothings in her ear…she replies, with a new tone, “Oh, yes Ma’am.”

Just the day before, I had asked her to do something and she replies with “What do you know?” I am so caught off guard, I find myself speechless, which is rare. Before I can say anything she followed with the “this cures all” statement – “and I love Mommy & Daddy.”

Honestly, I cannot think of where she comes up with this stuff. My natural thought is she has to hear it from somewhere. My older two children would not still be alive today if they talked to me that way.

This behavior reminds me how natural our sin nature is in our human flesh. I know God is never caught off guard by anything, but honestly sometimes our behavior must create a similar feeling I have had as a parent. The word that comes to mind that would best describe this feeling is …”the AUDACITY!!” My prayer for today is “God forgive me for the audacity I have with you in disobedience of clearly defined boundaries you set for me. Help me to obey with honor and respect. And help Addy to do the same and allow her to live another day.”

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3 Responses

  1. Love that! Audacity is the perfect word to describe the everyday attitude of our sinful nature in relation to our God. Thank you for that fresh and insightful perspective.

  2. Ha ha ha!!! She knows to administer the “cure all” after she says something naughty!! HA HA HA!

  3. Lisa,
    Thank you for including this piece on Addy’s audacity. I needed to hear it for my own time of confession to the Almighty this morning.
    “” …”the AUDACITY!!” My prayer for today is “God forgive me for the audacity I have with you in disobedience of clearly defined boundaries you set for me. Help me to obey with honor and respect.””

    Miss seeing you and getting to chat with you.
    Praying always for God’s continued blessing on you and your family,
    JoAnne

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