1. YOU hit the nail on the head….and OUCH!!! i never EVER thought that it was because of MY attitude for my teenagers behavior…but it makes perfect sense…they NEVER stop watching..and modeling…UGH…it is something i DEFINITELY need to be working on….THANK YOU for your posts..and blog.

  2. This is such a great post. I wonder often how to train my kids not to do this or that, but it really starts with what WE model! Scary, eye-opening thought! Thank you! 🙂

  3. Hi Kayse! I just found your blog through Emily Ley and I’m so glad I did. I totally just had a smilier experience to this with my 12 year old stepdaughter right before I read this! Thank you for sharing so openly and reminding me to turn inward and examine my own way of being.

  4. What a great and timely post! I have been wrestling with similar convictions about the fruits I am seeing in my son. They are stemming from my heart and what truly needs to change. It absolutely goes hand in hand with what has been on my heart recently about my complacent attitude. If I want the things God wants for my life I need to work for them, not simply sit around and expect something different to happen. Then I find myself getting frustrated with my son for the EXACT same thing in his life. Thank you for your transparency and your encouragement! I look forward to reading more.

  5. As we have sought The Lord’s will in our lives, we have made quite a few changes in order to fulfill His purposes. As He has continued to grow us, I have, at times, embraced the entitlement mentality, thinking, “Haven’t we done enough? Can’t I keep this for myself?” It is a selfish way of thinking, and it often leads me to move forward with a grumbling heart. I pray to be more grateful for His direction and the many blessings He has bestowed upon us in the midst of it all. Thank you for sharing such a sweet reminder.

  6. Thank you for this! It’s so easy to get caught up in what you expect from them that we forget about our own actions. Praying to be grateful for the little things. Grateful for your honesty and for your words that really hit home. 🙂

  7. I know the feeling when looking at my kid and seeing the reflection of myself. However, I think the good thing is that at least we see that reflection. The worse would be if we don’t and keep going the same way. And we really need to be grateful and teach our kids the same thing. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I love your insight. It’s so true! Thank you!

  8. This is a fantastic reminder about being grateful. Parenting has taught me a whole lot about God as my Father. I will reprimand my children, and I feel God tap me on the shoulder and say, “I’ve said the same thing to you.” Ouch.
    Thank you for writing this!

  9. I found your post on WFMW. I’ve been recognizing and fighting entitlement in an area of my life, for a long time. Just recently I’ve started to realize that saying “yes” in obedience to Christ is truly a reason to rejoice.

    Thank you for the reminder that part of my rejoicing can (and should) be gratitude for the many many blessings God is giving me, even as I learn to say “no” to myself.

  10. Wonderful post and fantastic reminder. Its so hard to see where I’m feeling entitled, because it has become such a natural way of life. Isn’t that so sad? Having a toddler really opens your eyes to the sins in your own heart!!

  11. Oh, Kayse, Greg and I had a conversation this weekend about patience and gratefulness. I’m not a very patient person. I’m quick to be annoyed and frustrated. I see some of the same traits in my kids. What conviction. I feel a little like I don’t know how to change my perspective, but on Sunday night a wise woman in our small group said “When we change how we think, we change how we act.” So that’s what I’m working on. It’s hard and it hurts. But I know it’s going to be worth it. I’m proud of you for recognizing what God’s doing in you and your house. xoxo

  12. As usual, thank you for your vulnerability and for sharing something that convicted me too. My “goodness” doesn’t entitle me to a “good” life. Quite the contrary and I needed the reminder.

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