This is something I shared in my Heart Talks group and I thought some of you that aren't in the group might need this too…
I want to share about "process". I'm watching my daughter go through this season so it's fresh on my mind and huge in my heart. There might be a few of you who have no idea about it or some of you might be like me and just need a reminder… because you’re there too.
I married on April 12, 2014, for the first time, at the age of 46. This is also my husband’s first marriage, and we both were beginning to wonder if it was ever going to happen for us. It wasn’t my choice to be single for that long. Each passing year watching my girlfriends find “Mr. Right,” get married and start families, just seemed to make the ache of loneliness grow even deeper. I couldn’t understand why I had such a deep desire for marriage if God was never going to fulfill it. I learned a lot in those years. A lot about God’s faithfulness, my strength, His character, and my faith. Honestly, I could have married a couple of times. I was engaged in my early 20’s and made the very difficult decision to break off the engagement. I knew it wasn’t a solid relationship and doubtful that it would stand the test of time. Most of my friends and family didn’t understand my decision, but I knew God was telling me “no.” It was a very lonely time for me. After that relationship, I dated several other wonderful guys over the years. Guys who would make great husbands. But in time, we or I realized they just weren’t going to be the “right” husbands for me. Most people did not understand. I was called “picky”......A LOT! Haha!
One of my good friends, Dee Spigner, sent this to me. She thought our PSF readers would enjoy it. It was written by an 8-year-old named Danny Dutton, who lives in Chula Vista, CA. He wrote it for his third grade homework assignment, to 'explain God.' I wonder if any of us could have done as well?
EXPLANATION OF GOD:
'One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn't make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn't have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.'
'God's second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times beside bedtime. God doesn't have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this. Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off.'
'God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere, which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn't go wasting his time by going over your mom and dad's head asking for something they said you couldn't have.'
Have you ever taken a bite of something that was just too hot and burned your tongue? Or given a compliment and someone smiled? Or maybe you’ve been outside with your kids and pointed out all the beautiful and wonderful things God has created and made because He loves you? I bet we all have experienced teachable moments, either for ourselves or for our kids. They come at the most unexpected times.
Well, we had one in our household this morning. My first born daughter, the one who follows all the rules and wants to make sure to do things right, a perfectionist at heart, messed up. We all mess up and fall. I believe in mercy and grace, but this was an area we have never ventured in our household before; stealing. It wasn’t anything big. It was the littlest piece of chalk that they used at her first day of Vacation Bible School yesterday. So tiny, you’d almost want to throw it away and forget about it. She didn’t even realize what she was admitting to when we were talking. I’m braiding her hair and she is telling me about how yesterday, during Bible study outside, they found some shade and some chalk to write with, except they never got to use their chalk. Instead she brought it home. That stopped me in my tracks and made my mom brain start thinking. First, I went through her bag when she got home and did not see any chalk with her things, so it was hidden. Second, she never said that the counselor told the group to keep their chalk. So I started asking the hard questions.
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