Philippians 4:4-9 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. and the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Monday, November 21, 2011
This kid amazes me.
He is growing and maturing is so many ways right now as to spin the mind.
Today was one of our challenge days---they tend to be Mondays:/
But as we were discussing one of our issues today, God slowed me down, as He has been a lot lately with this one.
He said, "Show your son the root of the sin, show him the reality of how he is gripping on to it, help him learn to release it."
Yes, we are moving beyond behavior modification to helping him really come to grips with how our sinful hearts can deceive us.
He really has trouble understanding his sin, yet don't we all!
I am so very thankful for my faithful husband and friends that lovingly point out my areas of blindness.
So I in turn, seek to help Caleb to learn it is something we all deal with.
***It does not me we are irredeemable.
***It does not mean we are unlovable.
***It does not mean that grace cannot met us where we are.
***It does not mean we cannot be forgiven and start afresh.
For kids from the 'hard places' who have experienced significant pain and loss in their young lives, there is an extra layer to work through.
It is easy for Caleb to reject the above truths.
To go to his place of comfort.
But to allow this would be to short change my wonderful son of all the blessings:
***that lie in walking in the freedom of guilt and shame
***that lie in living a life fully focused on bringing God all the glory
***that lie in living in the truth and not being blinded by bitterness
So, though we have our rough days, I am learning, as I believe Caleb is, to rejoice even in these days because God is so good to give them to us so we can be challenged and changed into the likeness of his precious Son.
Because that is the only prayer I pray for ALL my children regularly----
That they may be molded in the potter's hand into the likeness of Jesus---
And the hard part is "whatever it takes".
Thank you Lord for loving us so much that you refine us!