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Finding His Faith Midst the World!

Train a child up in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not turn from it.
Proverbs 22:6

I have only one child and he is my pride and joy. My life is so full with him in it and I am delighted that he is becoming his own man. He is 15, with 16 approaching quickly, and desiring to assert his independence more so now than ever before.

I have been divorced for over 13 years, and though I have a great relationship with his father and we keep our son as the central focus, I am still a single mom without a dad in the house! My son has been brought up in church with me and has just recently proclaimed that he does not want to go to church anymore. The reasons are varied, and I have been praying greatly about this as there is a delicate balance to encouraging him to go to church, thus continuing to build his foundation in Christ, and to making him go to church, which would cause bitterness and resentment about church and create fights weekly in our home. Yes, I am the mom, and yes, I can “make” him go, but that does not foster his faith and his journey; it merely sets the stage for warfare in our home. After much prayer, God has made it abundantly clear that my son is NOT mine, he is GOD’S! In that one resonating statement, God is asking me to let go, and let him lead my son, which I will admit is hard. This is not hard because of my lack of trust in God, but because I know the journey will be hard, painful, and difficult for me to watch. After all, who wants to see their only child, or any child suffer in order to find a deep and meaningful relationship with God?

With all that said, herein lies my struggle: how do I continue to build on the foundation that has been built thus far without appearing critical and nagging, but at the same time holding true to my convictions and Scripture?

For example, just today, I came home from church and he was watching a show called “The League” which I must say leaves little to be desired and leaves nothing to the imagination. I sat, watched with him and then began a discussion about pornography, as that was blatantly displayed in this episode both visibly and verbally. I reminded him that it was inappropriate to watch this show as it promotes porn. His response, “How is it promoting porn?” My statement back to him was that by showing pornography and making it a normal part of these people’s lives (both married and single), the show was promoting it, saying it is okay for men and women to watch and discuss pornography. He then stated that it was something normal guys do. My response was that in the real world, a normal guy, a gentleman and Godly man would not find pornography normal, but in the show it makes it appear thus, to which he responded that he was done discussing it and going to go work out. So here I sit, wondering how to walk the line of showing him God and reminding him of God’s expectations in scripture to becoming a nagging, hypocritical, holier than thou mom (not that I see myself that way, but that is quickly becoming my son’s perception!)

I am reaching out to you all as brothers and sisters in Christ to find out what has and has not worked for you and your family when it comes to raising a child up in the way he or she should go. I know every child encounters a battle within to find his or her own faith, and I know that battle is different for everyone and can occur at varied times in life for each person. My son is there now, and I want, no, I desire with a great passion for him to grow and blossom in his walk with God and to become the man God created him to be. With the world screaming that what was once wrong (morally and Biblically speaking) is now right, I am finding myself in the midst of his battle, in the middle of the battle for my son’s soul!

I am really curious and would like some thoughts from my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ! Prayers are also welcomed as I know the power of prayer can availeth much! Encouraging personal testimonies, things that have and haven’t worked when reaching your teen. Anything will help!

Yours sincerely! With love and blessings from a God that I know can work ALL things for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose!

Decisions?!

Settle for less
Or strive for the best

Simple question really. Do you settle for what the world has to offer, or do you strive to claim the best of what God has to offer? God has so many blessings he desires to bestow on you, on me, on all of His children, yet we turn our back and decline. We settle for what the world gives, and then wonder why we are constantly searching for more. Only God can make your life complete. Only He can fill the voids of your heart and soul. Only the Lord can bring you the purity of life everlasting!

So I ask again…

Settle for less
Or strive for the best

No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other,
or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. ~ Matthew 6:24

 

Old Meets New 5 – Desires of the Heart

There are simply times in my life when what I desire and pray for  seem to be left empty.  I have all I need, but for some reason I am sometimes wanting more.  Perhaps it is the echo of the world in my ear, or maybe the ticking of  my internal clock.  Could they be true desires of my heart, or  are they longings that will fill voids of loneliness, heartbreak, or fear?  Whatever the drive, desires are strong, deep, and emotional fixtures of this life.  I may desire more, and my desires may be Godly, but the timing is never my own.  God is the only who knows me inside and out, from birth to death.  He knows when I need to move, and what is the best time for my God-given desires to be filled.

The only issue now…..patience!  Often God does not meet the desires of your heart for he knows you are not ready for what they will bring into your life.  Wait on his timing so that your heart and our mind can be renewed, transformed, strengthened, and prepared for the wonderful blessings he has in store for you!

Psalm 130:5 I wait on The LORD, my soul does wait, and in his word I hope.

While one door may be closed, God will open another one….in his timing.  Until then, wait on the LORD, and know that the desires of your heart that align with his good and perfect will, will be met when you are truly, deeply ready!

Until then, God bless and may patience and perseverance be with you!  All my love ❤

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

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Desires of My Heart

Waiting for the desires of my heart
Anxious to move on
Hoping I will see the signs

Desiring for so much more
Longing to start again
Earnestly my heart pines

Somewhere inside doubt exists
Feeling I am not good enough
Thinking it will never last

Wanting to press on
Fearing the unknown
Stuck in a relational impasse

Praying for guidance
Seeking God in all I do
Patiently surrendering my will

Asking Him to be my all
Letting Him be the one in charge
Trusting the desires of my heart will be revealed

One Life to Live

This is the day the LORD has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. –Psalm 118:24

One Life to Live

Delight in the day
Enjoy the moment
For you have only one life to live
Savor the special times
Relax in God’s love
Offer heart and hands, always give
Bask in the beauty
Appreciate the little things
Let go of wrongs done and forgive
Welcome the trials
Pray through the tribulations
Allow God to work through and revive
Value lessons learned
Reflect the journey past
For you have only have one life to live

So thankful for another day to live.  Yes, there are trials, there are tribulations, there are even tough decisions to make that may hurt others or offend, but still I have life.  I am blessed with breath.   I am blessed with eyes that see the beauty of a rose in bloom and trees with sparkling buds of life springing forth.  I am blessed with ears to hear the laughter of children echo through the playground and the singing of birds celebrating the warmer weather.   I am blessed with family and friends who love me, though it is imperfect, they still love.  I am blessed to have a home in which to sleep, a  bed with cozy covers to keep me from the cold nights.  I am blessed with food to eat, even if I gain weight when I do.  I am blessed with fresh water to drink, chlorine or other oddities may be there, but they do not make me sick nor does it have parasites.  I am indeed blessed.  In 1 Chronicles 4:10, “Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.”  I am Jabez today, realizing the potential that God has to fulfill all that I need, my wishes, my desires…all that lines up with His plan for my life.  God has granted my request and I am indeed blessed.  I pray that you will tap into all God has for you.  Ask Him to keep His hand upon you, to protect you, to enlarge your life with His ministries, to bless you indeed.  See where it will take you and bask in the eternal glory that is only from God.  May you be at peace, may you find joy amidst life, may you be blessed indeed.  All my love.

Delight in the Lord

Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;

for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.

Trust in the LORD and do good;

dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. –Psalm 37:1-4

Delight in the Lord

Let us search out and examine our ways
Seek the answers to the questions of the heart
Let us seek the Lord everyday
Submitting our will to Him

We have rebelled and fallen short
Relying on self to guide us through
Come back to the Creator who beckons
Come home to worship Him

Delight in His ways and let the Spirit consume
Be not ashamed to fall on your knees
To raise your hands or even shout
Lift Him in glory for all to see