Together, we are His house, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus Himself.
-Ephesians 2:20 NLT
The idea and visual of a "cornerstone" has popped up several times in my life over the last few weeks. At first, I dismissed it and thought well, that's nice. However,it seemed to become such a pattern at church, in conversations and on the radio that I just couldn't ignore it. If there's one thing I've learned through the years it'sthat God uses repeated reminders for a reason to drive home a point or cause me to take action in something. Once He repeatedly brought a young friend's name to mind as well as caused me to "run into her" on several occasions within a short period of time. After a while it became inescapably obvious that there was a reason for the reminders. Turns out God was calling me to be "listener" in her life. It was a precious time of growth and friendship for both of us and one I'll always treasure.
Coincidence? I don't think so.
So back to another non-coincidence, the thought of a "cornerstone - the chief foundation on which something is constructed or developed". A stone from which allthe other bricks, stones, mortar, and frame of a structure rests. The integrity of the floors under our son's feet rests on this stone. The "trueness" of the wallsaround our infant daughter's young body rests on this stone. The strength of the roof above our precious husband's head rests on this first stone. Do we take thatfor granted? As parents and wives do we double and triple check that the cornerstone is perfect and strong in order to make sure our family is protected and safe? We shouldn't be concerned right? After all the builder is "licensed" and "trained", right? Just watch HGTV's program "Holmes on Homes" (my network obsession) and you will quickly learn the answer to that one!
I think the only way we can rest assured the walls are true and the foundation in our family is stable is to have Christ as our builder. He's the only one that can guide us to the lessons we need to teach our children when they fall, the only one that helps us know when our spouse needs that silent, unconditional hug or smile, the only one to let us know when it's time to let that little baby boy, now a man, have your blessing in letting go of your hand and taking the hand of another...a future wife. You think that's not hard... how old did you say your little boy is?
You just wait, moms of those precious toddlers who are now just drawing on your walls and putting a cramp in your social life! Call me in ...oh, 20 years! Honestlythough, God has to prepare us and train us for all of this. He is the cornerstone on which we travel through life as a family. Believe a woman who has made the BIGmistakes! All of this does not come naturally just because we carry the title of "parent". Please don't walk this one alone. One selfish, unsupported slip and the foundation under our family could become unstable for all time. I'm not trying to scare anyone, I just know after raising three children it took more than well wishes to get them to the point they are today. It took God's guidance and even then we still have bruises! The Cornerstone...make sure you moms of those precious families never forget The Cornerstone.
One of the most beautiful and meaningful songs I know is "Cornerstone" by Hillsong. The words go like this..."Christ alone, Cornerstone. Weak made strong in the Savior's love. Through the storm He is Lord, Lord of all!
If there's a rocky foundation in your life or if the storms are in full swing please look up that song on YouTube. Hillsong will surely bless you as they greatly have me,and it's our prayer your foundation will remain strong and even be strengthened through it all!
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