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Papa

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1 Chronicles 16:28- (NLT) O nations of the world, recognize the Lord,
recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong. Give to the Lord the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his presence. Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before him. The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.

Psalm 119:9-16  (HCSB) How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping Your word. I have sought You with all my heart; don’t let me wander from Your commands. I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You. Lord, may You be praised; teach me Your statutes. With my lips I proclaim all the judgments from Your mouth. I rejoice in the way revealed by Your decrees as much as in all riches. I will meditate on Your precepts and think about Your ways. I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.

You are mysterious in ways, but always show me who you are every day.  Most days I forget to look for you. You still carry me and bless my steps on those days too. You are glorious to a point that I cannot explain. Why you would use a wretched fool like me really makes me wonder at times, but I can only revert back to your Word, to see what it says about me. It says I’m blessed, saved and being saved, You are my Shepard, you know every hair on my head, I hope my name is in the lambs book of life, you say the rocks will cry out if I don’t, you have left to prepare a place for me and shall return soon. Glory be to you, Papa.

Yes, Papa, you are my very existence. I am so sorry I have spent so many years chasing things that could not fulfill my destiny. I gladly give all of those false hopes and dreams to you today and ask that you renew my mind so that you can begin to enlighten my spirit. Let your love flow through every part of my soul. Sow Your Word into the lining of my heart so I will not forget it. Give me strength for today to fight the temptation and the wisdom to know when it has turned into sin. Guide my every step as I walk on this earth you placed under my feet. Help me to encourage my brothers and sister through my words. Speak to my spirit the words you will have me say and write.

I love you, Papa, and thank you for waking me up this morning.

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Are They Listening

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2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

My middle daughter’s 8th-grade teacher left us a voicemail about Alivia the other day. He was so kind to compliment Alivia on the way she presents herself and for the self-confidence, she displays in the classroom and at school. I saw this teacher last night at the game and thanked him for his kind words and let him know that I was proud of him for what he does. I also let him know that there are two other siblings that Alivia has that are just as awesome as she is. But I also warned him about Allie and her free spirit. Thought I may prepare him for her. Don’t get me wrong, Allie is just fine the way she is, but I have learned not to try to tame her. I have to let her be herself and make sure her spirit is fed.

There is no perfect science to raising kids. They are all different in their own ways. I believe the most important part of being a parent is displaying to your children what you want to see out of them. I doubt they are listening to many words you are saying, but they are definitely watching every move you make.

 No matter where you are in life, the answer is still in the Word of God. You will never get a hold on your situation with your children without letting the Lord lead you through the Word. I revert back to 2 Timothy 3:16: All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

I know if I do not keep my kids in the church I will not have a very good return on my investment. But know that it is never too late to invest in your kid’s life. Though it is your responsibility to teach your kids what you know, making sure to take them to the place (church) that specializes in the Word will be a great start. I spent so many years not doing what I just told you to do. I am not sure how I have kids that love the Lord. God has been so gracious to me and I thank You, Jesus, for that!

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