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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Journey of Obedience

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One of the things most Christians are familiar with is how God may answer our prayers, with a ‘yes’, a ‘no’, or a ‘not now.’ But we also need to be aware that his moving in our life is based on our readiness to move to the next level of spiritual maturity and our willingness to submit to His sovereignty. In other words, His perfect timing.

God knows what we have need of before we ask it or even if we’re not aware the need exists. If we want to become the parent He desires us to be, He will place the people, resources and encouragement in our path that will get us there. But the timing is all His. Some of us (the finger here is pointing in my direction) need more time to get the big picture, and some of us (still pointing at me) are a little slow to kick it into action. God has shown immeasurable patience on my behalf, waiting for me to “get it”.

If He knows the very number of hairs on my head, He knows me intimately enough to understand what it’ll take to push me in the right direction. Sometimes He has to push harder than at other times when I need it. Sometimes, like the great Father He is, He sits back and lets me struggle, knowing I’ll come out of it stronger and more able.

Here’s what it all boils down to: It’s not about the results, it’s about the obedience. God will take care of the results. I will try my hardest to teach my child the ways of the Lord, but he may or may not make a decision for Christ in his life. I will create a home of godly worship, but I may find the world creeping in anyway. I will make Jesus the center of who our family is, but I will fail from time to time when I either lose my focus or allow myself to be distracted from it. But I love the Lord, and I am committed to abiding in His Word and striving to make Him real to my children.

Never take your eyes off the prize. Parenting is a process. Christian parenting is a journey of obedience.

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1 comment:

JoJo Tabares said...

Deb, this is awesome stuff here! In fact it is similar to what my cohost and I will be talking about on Grace Talk Soup this morning. I would LOVE for you to share how God speaks to you and how sometimes He has to hit us on the head to get us to listen and how sometimes He just sits back and lets us struggle til we hear Him. We air at 8am PST/11am EST. here: Please come join us and share your insights. You can mention your wonderful blog on the show too!! Would love my listeners to subscribe to your blog!