My son, Christopher, 4 years old, was fussing and screaming and getting really mad because the zipper was stuck in his pants.  He ranted and raved and I ignored him.  He got in front of me and ranted and raved some more.  I kept trying to ignore him, but it was impossible because now he was screaming at me (like I made his zipper get stuck).  I calmly told him that I was not going to listen or help until he calmed down and handled this situation appropriately.  I asked him if he thought that zipper was listening to him and feeling bad about not cooperating.  He said "no", then he calmly asked me to help him with his zipper.

As I reached over to put my hand on the zipper, his hand was practically glued to the thing.  I said, "honey, I can't very well help you with this zipper until you move your hand and allow me to unstick it."  He said "ok", then for only a very brief half-second or so, he moved his hand.  As I put my hand on the zipper, his hand was right there helping me.  I laughed because I could see my Father dealing with me on several issues in the same way.  And I've been acting like my 4-year old.  Well, he has an excuse - he's 4!  I'm not!  I'm 40!  Can you really be 40 and immature?  Need I ask that question?

I managed to get the zipper out, without his help, thank him very much for keeping his little paws off the thing long enough for me to do my work.  So it is with our Father.  Can we take our hands off long enough to let Him do what He needs to do on our behalf? 

And I still marvel and meditate on the lesson God taught me on 1/30/08.  I tend to learn better with visuals, so now I have my visual.  And...Daddy's excited that I had my spiritual eyes and ears tuning in to His lesson for me that day.  I know...because He told me so. 

Be encouraged today.  Pat yourself on the back if you've learned even a small lesson that you were needing.  You're a good student.  Don't let the enemy tell you that you're hopeless, because you're not.  If you stop and think about it, I'll bet you could think of several lessons you've learned just in the last month or week - by being a mommy.  You are blessed!  You are the apple of God's eye!  When He looks at you, His eyes twinkle with approval - because you are under the blood of the most precious, perfect, spotless Lamb, Jesus.  God's not judging you because of the mistakes you've made.  Confess those things, put them under the blood, and sit in His Mercy and Grace.  That's what it's all about.  Don't you think?

I just love the Lord.  And I know that He loved me first, with an everlasting love, not a part-time, "only if you do good" love.  But His love, grace, and mercy are EVERLASTING - as long as we are in Christ and Christ lives in us.  The visual - First, see yourself.  Now, see Christ surrounding you like a suit of armor, encompassed around and about you,  Now see Him in your heart.  You are in Him and He is in you.  Could you ask for anything more?  I can't.

Blessings to all my sisters in CafeMom.  May you know who you are in Christ. 

Love,

Tonia

 

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svdby...
Feb. 4, 2008 at 9:14 AM

Wow!!!  How can we feel anything else but love after an experience like that?  I just read a book on parenting and it says that God chastens those He loves.  It is very hard but I've tried to thank Him when I feel chastened.  He's not though with me yet and He is not satisfied with me staying the way I am.  You are an encouragement to me, how in your darkest hour you let God bring you out and embrace His authority and praised Him!!!!   God will bless you!!!!

Alain

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