Thanking God tonight for my children!

I have a wonderful group of kids!  I have been thinking about them most of the day and what God has done in their lives… how He has used them… and praying for what He is going to do with them in the future.

The Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6, ESV).  As a parent, leading my children has been my mission.  It thrills my heart to hear my kids talking about the various Bible studies they are a part of.  I recall my two oldest children when they were 3 and 6 (year 2000) inviting our neighbors to our church… then seeing those people show up to church as a result of their efforts!

Those two children are now 17 and 19 serving the Lord, praying, caring for their friends, having spiritual conversations, and seeking God concerning their future.  My 12-year-old son recently told me he has been thinking about becoming a youth pastor.  I’m praising God his heart is open to following the Lord!  I looked over during church this morning to see my 16-year-old daughter praising God during worship… beautiful!!

My 4-year-old daughter has become a little prayer warrior.  At bed time last night, she said she wanted to lead our prayer.  She prayed for her little cousins mom who wasn’t feeling well.  She wasn’t going to get to go to a family birthday party for one of her other cousins as a result.  So, Chloe prayed she would get better.  We received a txt message from her today saying she was better and going to the party!!  Chloe was so thrilled and excited that God had heard her prayer and to see it answered.  Just yesterday afternoon my daughter hurt her leg and asked, “Daddy will you pray for it?”  I prayed. She stood up and said it’s all better and carried on!! I am was so blessed that her first thought was to pray!!

It’s a beautiful thing to see my family growing in Christ.  I pray that God will continue to bless them.  Tonight I just want to praise God for what He is doing in my kids!!

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Crossroads

Are you familiar with the ending to the movie “Cast Away”?  Tom Hanks is standing there in the middle of this intersection in the middle of Nowhere, TX.  As far as he can see in all directions is nothing – yet he has been given the gift of life to be lived another day.  If you had been him, how would you have chosen where to go?    IMG_2822

We all find ourselves at places in life where we are at an intersection and we aren’t sure which way to go.  In the movie, he isn’t sure where he is going to go.  He pauses and gets out of the Jeep with his map and ponders for a moment or two.  During this moment of contemplation is when the person he was looking for drives up.

I wonder how many times in life we come to a crossroad and ignore it and just keep driving our lives right on through.  Or – how often do we get there – and recognize it… and then we get stuck there afraid to move at all.  Maybe there has been a bad decision in the past and fearful of getting burned again.

No matter the reason or how you would respond to the situation it is still a decision that must be faced and made.  No decision is still a decision.  How do you make the decision?  What steps do you take?  Do you get the Road Map out?  In my life, the Road Map has become God’s Word found in the Bible.  No, it doesn’t tell me to turn right or left and any specifics like that at all.  I can say the Holy Spirit gives insight I can’t explain.  Which is often followed by a peace I can’t explain.

Jesus tells us in John 14:25-27,

I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught. (The Message).

I’ve personally been at a crossroad for a long time now.  I have ventured in a couple of directions already to find that the peace, fulfillment, and contentment were not in the directions I have tried thus far.  I am still hungry to know God more so I keep going back to the Cross and asking for direction.  I am asking for wisdom… wisdom to be used for His glory, for the leadership of my family, and the community in which I live (wherever that would take me).

The Holy Spirit will teach us all things.  He will give all that we have need of.  He cares intimately about the details of our lives.  He will not leave us lonely in the dark.  Jesus instructed his disciples:

“This is what I want you to do: Ask the Father for whatever is in keeping with the things I’ve revealed to you. Ask in my name, according to my will, and he’ll most certainly give it to you. Your joy will be a river overflowing its banks! (John 16:23-24).

I know He uses me through my job… even though I can’t directly communicate His Word… I live it.  I’m thankful for the opportunity I have to influence others in all aspects of my life.  I want to continue to do so full of the Holy Spirit, wisdom, and grace.

Walking in God’s deep wisdom

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As children, we all live with the thought of, “When I grow up I’m going to…..”

As a child, I dreamed of being an architect.  I had notebooks full of designs.  I charted my course in that direction and attended Middle Georgia College.  I made several discoveries that year.  One big discover was this choice was going to be really hard considering how challenged I was with Pre-Algebra.  I guess the greatest discovery I made was not in the classroom.  It was the world I found inside the pages of the Bible. I recall not being able to read enough and I looked for opportunities to share with others what I was discovering.

It was through the reading of God’s Word that I made decisions on how I was going to live and the path in life I was going to follow.  Reading Psalm 119:1-5 today reminded me of…

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Walk Steadily on the Road

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You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God. (Psalm 119:1, The Message).

Has God revealed something to you?  Is there something God has spoken to you that hasn’t come into being?  Do you have a desire in your heart that you can’t seem to explain to others?  Yet, you know God understands! What’s keeping you from pursuing that desire with all your heart?  Maybe you have given up on God, thinking, “That’s not what He really said for me to do.”  The Psalmist says here you are blessed if you stay the course.

Maybe there is something God called you to and circumstances blocked your path.  Where are you now?  Are you still on the road? Maybe you are still on the road but have settled for selling lemonade instead of walking steadily.  After-all, you heard once when life throws you lemons you should…

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