Um, it doesn't have to be. As parents, we set the tone for our home and what we will allow.
I completely disagreed with this blogger.
It's not normal and it bothers me that it's treated as such.
We taught our children early on that that is your sibling and you will be kind to them.
I never had any of these issues because we simply did not allow it.
And no sticking your tongue out. My mother used to threaten to pull my tongue out of my head if I did and I remember that clearly even now. My kids learned it. And now my grandchildren know it.
By accepting sibling rivalry behavior, we accept bullying because that's what it is.
Galatians 5:22-23New International Version (NIV)22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
I was reading a blog post less than five minutes ago with all these ways to deal with stress.
And the verse from 1 Peter came to mind:
"Casting all your care (the noun version) upon Him for He cares (the verb version) for you."
For my whole life, I've always considered that verse from the angle of "God cares or loves me so He will help me."
And it hit me like a 2x4 between my eyes.
Place the emphasis on the word FOR. I don't have to care because HE cares FOR me. The LORD does the work. I don't have to worry about it because HE is dealing with it.
He doesn't need my help. He doesn't need me to fret or worry or stress. He's dealing with it, whatever it may be.
the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something.
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