Hebrews 12:5-6 "My son do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."
Hebrews 12:11 "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."
2 Timothy 1:7 "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline." Oh, how I long for me and Moriah to be more self-disciplined. In time, in time...
Side funny story of how Moriah has learned that discipline is hard. This morning I was paying bills and she wanted to "color" (aka use my pen to draw on the bills). I told her no and that I would get crayons for her to color with. Instead of obeying she quickly grabbed my pen and started scribbling. Her punishment was that she did not get to color with her crayons. She was CRUSHED. She asked me to spank her and then let her color. Wow. So I guess in her mind a spank would be the easy way out and she would still get her way. I had to chuckle at the way her mind works. I gently told her no. She would not be getting a spank and she would not be coloring this morning. She cried and then went about her business (every once in awhile she asks to color again and I reminder her why the answer is no).
Trying to be a good parent is not for the faint at heart but it sure does account for much laughter and fun.