The below quote is an excerpt from this link that a friend sent me http://meandbrooks.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/green-bean-casserole-a-la-thomas-brooks/ I think it’s great! 🙂
“I have made yet another brilliant parenting discovery. Brace yourself for this…I hope you’re sitting down. Telling my kids that something is good for them is not sufficient to provoke the motivation necessary for compliance (great stuff eh…let the bidding war for my book deal begin!). For example, right now my two year old daughter is in bed trying to convince me that she does not need a nap. Oh, how I wish everyone who has told me how quiet she is could be here now. And I know that if I go in the room and explain to her that she needs a nap and that such short term post luncheon stretches of lower consciousness are indeed ‘good for her’ it will not do any good. Being told something is ‘good for us’ is not enough. We also have to want whatever that ‘good’ is.
Thomas Brooks’ second incentive to silence our souls is that we should consider that “all (our) afflictions, troubles, and trials shall work for (our) good” (I-327).
“Eat your beans, boy. They’re good for ya!”
“Don’t complain about your trials, boy. They’re good for ya!”
Thankfully, Brooks doesn’t leave it at that. Let me quote a longer section so you can do more than pout and push the plate away (and so you can get an idea of a typical Brooks paragraph).
“That scouring and rubbing, which frets others, shall make them shine the brighter; and that weight which crushes and keeps others under, shall but make them, like the palm tree, grow better and higher; and that hammer which knocks others all in pieces, shall but knock them the nearer to Christ, the corner stone. Stars shine brightest in the darkest night; torches give the best light when beaten; grapes yield most wine when most pressed; spices smell sweetest when pounded; vines are the better for bleeding; gold looks the brighter for scouring; juniper smells sweetest in the fire; chamomile, the more you tread it the more you spread it; the salamander lives best in the fire; the Jews were best, when most afflicted; the Athenians would never mend, till they were in mourning; the Christ’s cross, saith Luther, is no letter in the book, and yet, saith he, it hath taught me more than all the letters in the book.” (I-327-8)”
I really like this quote from Brooks! 🙂
219. New coined phrase for me: “Eat your beans, boy. They’re good for ya!” translates into “Don’t complain about your trials, boy. They’re good for ya!” Thank You for all the trials, Lord and the lessons You are teaching me through them.
220. Great to feel well enough and have my immunity high enough be with sisters and brothers in Christ at church today
221. Mom doing ok after her fall–thanks for sending angels to cushion her tumble, Lord!
222. Prompt follow-up testing of PET Scan and MRI available for Kelley after diagnosis of breast cancer as well as their fun Labor Day weekend get-away as well to relax
223. Finally finished memorizing Psalm 62:5-8–hooray!
224. “That scouring and rubbing, which frets others, shall make me shine the brighter; and that weight which crushes and keeps others under, shall but make me, like the palm tree, grow better and higher; and that hammer which knocks others all in pieces, shall but knock me the nearer to Christ, the corner stone. Stars shine brightest in the darkest night…” Make me a shiney light for YOU in this dark-night season in my life, Lord Jesus!
God’s beloved Paula, who because of Jesus is:
1. A victorious overcomer: cancer is big but my God is WAY BIGGER!
2. Eatin’ up the “beans” God has provided and learning to genuinely count them a blessing even though they don’t taste so good right now! 😉