My Children, They Were Yours First, Lord.

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One of the most difficult things for a parent or mom, like myself, is to let go of their children (and grandchildren) no matter their age. I don’t know about the Max Lucado book, but the quote speaks volumes to me today. I pray and say they are Yours Lord, then at times, POOF! I need to be reminded again to SURRENDER them to Him. I need to fully TRUST the Lord Jesus for my kids. They were His to begin with. Jesus WILL TAKE CARE OF THEM NO MATTER WHAT! They are still His children!

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Will they get hurt? Yes! And sometimes I won’t be able to fix their hurts. Skinned knees, elbows, broken bones or deep gashes needing casts or stitches are easy and a no brainer. Life’s choices and situations….. You know I’m a mom who would like to fix and help my kids no matter what. Also at times when they don’t want it OR when I shouldn’t “lend a helping hand.” It is a very hard thing to do. It is hard making decisions and protecting our children. I am so glad I have a wonderful husband and daddy who has been there to help in more ways than I can not count and there are not enough thank you’s to say and express to/for him helping raise our three kids.

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When they are young we want to put a bubble around them so NOTHING touches them. Sad to say, try with all you might, it is not going to happen. We might achieve a lot in doing this, but life and THINGS happen. Something always will. I have said time and time again, “as long as I have control over them, I will do my best to do what ever it takes to control their atmosphere.” Commendable I would say. But I was wrong in so many areas of that statement. So many. Yes I am to protect and help my children to the best of my God-given abilities. There are a “few” years I may sem like god to them. I teach them right from wrong. I teach them to be polite. I teach them manors. I teach them how to address people, “yes and no sir/mam.” I teach them to be honest and respectful of others and themselves. I teach them about Jesus and read His Word to them daily. I teach them to pray and pray with them daily…and when hurts and ouies happens. I teach them to go to church and how to sit still when the time comes. I teach them to be on time. I teach them to keep their word. I teach them the things of the Lord the best I can and reaffirm they belong to Jesus and they can call on Him no matter what, He is always there with them and for them. The list goes on and on in hopes I have raised and nurtured them the way the Lord desired. He only knows how many times I cried out for help and guidance, to know what to do, and I am grateful He heard me and I didn’t need to keep track of my pleading with Him for help. Did I do everything right…OH MY, I failed and floundered many times. By the grace of God we have survived thus far and have been truly blessed by life’s ups and downs, so a few things must have been don right. Thank You Jesus for all you have done and allowed in my families lives.

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

You would think I would have learned to let go by now. I have two married sons, one is 33 and the other 31. I have a 3-1/2 year old grandson, by my youngest son and my daughter in law. I am also blessed with a daughter who is, almost 17. How time flies. I still get things turned around. It is not my job to KEEP them. I can still help lead them, if they ask or God instructs me to do so. Usually it’s right to intervene when I’m asked by them. But, well, I do flub up sometimes…ok, maybe a lot. Lord here I come again, take these whom you have so blessed and enriched my life, You be their guide and be their hedge and bubble (IF and When they need these), Lord, they are Yours. You can lead them and nurture them far better than I am able. They are the greatest giftYou have blessedme with….But they are still Yours and always will be.

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I look back to when they were little I tried to shelter them, help them, educate them, equip them, protect them and lead them to You. My ways were not always the best. Hinds sight is 20/20. Out of my stubbornness to do things for them and raise my children “my way”, You still were able to get in there and redirect me and my thoughts. I thank You and praise You, Jesus, without Your intervention….well I don’t want to go there. Like I said, did I make mistakes, oh my YES, tons of them. Are my kids always doing what I’d like them to? NO! BUT GOD has shown Himself to be true, just, right and gracious to me and to my children all the time. Have I been hurt as a parent? OH YES! I have felt as if I’ve had my heart wrenched from chest, BUT GOD has always meet me. He has always been there to pick up me up and the shattered pieces. At times I thought they’d never be put back, but many things have been restored better than before. That IS God. I’m still waiting for some things, that job is His. My job is to pray and trust Him. NO, I not burrying my head in the sand, if I do, God still has eyes to see. He knows how to get my attention and He can get the attention of my children.

Deut 6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Yes, we protect our children, but be careful you are not pushing the hand of God from your children’s lives OR from yours. I have learned the hard way, in my protection or helping my kids kept them from learning and taking things from the  Lord and it most definitely hindered my acceptance of Gods hand in my life as well. I believe if I as parent won’t allow God to touch my childrens heart and life at a young age, it will be more difficult to experience it as they get older. I always think of Samuel, when I think of letting go of my children. Hannah let go of her son long before he was born. Samuel always belonged to the Lord and Hannah NEVER lost sight of that fact. After the age of 3-5 years, Hannah returned to Jeruselm and left Samuel with Eli. Oh my! and she knew where she was leaving him. BUT TRUST WAS IN GOD. (1 Samuel ch. 1-2) I’m sure she had hard, trying moments, she was a mom for heaven’s sake. Although commentaries vary on the weaning age of Samuel…for us it is usually 18 months to two years our babies are weaned, she still trustd the Lord for her son. I don’t believe I have ever had that kind of trust…I definitely want to know Jesus in this kind of trust. As old as my kids are, I desire that kind of trust in The Lord more than ever.

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Lord Jesus no matter how old my children are continue to teach me to surrender first myself to you and secondly my children to You.

God bless you all.

 

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A title….I’m not sure….PRAY….

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A prayer request from me to you.

This is going to be a little wordy, I apologize, but I not sure how to ask this, be appropriate and generic. Please bear with me. I trust you will understand.

I am doing something here that doesn’t seem to be the normal writings for a blog, but I’m doing it anyway. Some who read this will take it to heart, understand (somewhat), and pray diligently. While others will snicker, think “good grief get over it all ready “, you might say a quick “pillow” type prayer, or just brush it off.

<strong>Duet. 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, [and] that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he [is] thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

I am sure we all have been HERE at one time or another. I have been dealing with an “issue” of the heart, and a battle of my will and perception. It seems to go so deep, I know I have allowed it to whittle away at me in hopes God would do something miraculous. He has not chosen that for me at this time. I need, I must turn loose of this, but it’s as if I can’t or maybe don’t want too. The Lord IS requiring, commanding me to let go. That is easier said than done sometimes. I felt as I did turn loose, but one thing after another, I realized I hadn’t. I have allowed it to become a great stony mountain. Yes Jesus is in the “business” of removing mountains, but not if we, I, have felt “justified”. This needs to be dealt with in my heart and life, regardless of others. Please pray for me, this is something I feel I can no longer battle on my own. I thank The Lord for prayer warriors, so those of you out there……I need to know all the hows, what’s, where’s, when’s, and whatever Jesus is asking. I. My own strength I can not. God bless you and thank you for “listening.”

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Psalms 51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden [part] thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; [that] the bones [which] thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me [with thy] free spirit.
13 [Then] will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: [and] my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give [it]: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Oklahoma Tragedy, Let ‘US’ Pray!

I would like to express my most deepest sympathies to all who is affected by this past storm.

You have cried many tears of hurt, frustration, fear, anger, sorrow, pain, loss, disbelief and..........

You have cried many tears of hurt, frustration, fear, anger, sorrow, pain, loss, disbelief and……….

The stories, pictures and media, can not show or express what is in your hearts and minds. These can not show your heartache, devastation and loss. Just watching what I have seen and heard, I have cried and wept for you. I don’t understand nor will I ever claim to.

My heart aches and saddened by this loss and for you, your families and friends.

....Jesus has seen every thing. He has felt and seen all you have gone through. You are not alone, He is with you always.

….Jesus has seen every thing. He has felt all you have gone through. You are not alone, He is with you always.
“You have seen me tossing and turning through the night. You have collected all my tears and preserved them in your bottle! You have recorded every one in your book.” Psalms 56:8 (TLB)

My sincere prayers are with you and for you tonight and the days to come.

Sometimes I wonder what difference one persons prays could make. They can change the world of many.

1 Corinthians 12:26 (NKJV) 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

We are still “ONE NATION”  and a nation “UNDER GOD.” We are “ONE NATION UNDER GOD.” Amen!

When one  part of our nation hurts the rest of it feels it also. I truly believe this. I know this passage of Scripture is talking about the body of Christ being and working as one, I would like to apply it to “US, that is, YOU and ME,” in this country, we are on body, “ONE NATION.” When one suffers (hurts) we all feel it in some way, we are all affected.

The rest of the passage before this verse is as follows:                                         1 Corinthians 12:14-26 (NKJV) 14 For in fact the body (nation-just think of “the body” as OUR country, OUR nation as “ONE NATION UNDER GOD”) is not one member but many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

We need one another! No one is above or better than the other. We all serve a specific and important place, just don’t pass yours off to someone else because you don’t think isn’t as important than someone else…or visa-versa. 🙂

Like we have seen and experienced in past tragedies and devastations in our country, it has been the care we “THE PEOPLE” have pulled together by love, grace and mercies of the mighty Living God, the great I AM, the creator of all heaven and earth, the father of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord, which He is working in and through the hearts of people, for people.

Oklahoma can not make this ‘new journey’ they are now facing on their own.

There are many who will be able to go and help physically, financially, health and medically, giving and taking needed food and supplies. There will be ones going to help set up temporary housing and such. Schools and churches will be opening their door to help in any way and so will other business and the like. There are numberous ways of helping theses in Oklahoma. Please, don’t get so busy and caught up in all the necessary “doing” of things, take the time to stop and pray for them. Prayer can and has moved nations. Prayer can certainly move and work on the behalf of every person this has touched in some way by this past “storm”.

Let us ALL, daily remember to pray for these in need of much prayer. Some of us may not be able to be there or do anything ‘physically,’ but WE ALL CAN PRAY!

My prayers and thoughts go out to each one of you all. To those who are hurting and suffering, to the medical aid staff and hospitals, service men and women, search and rescue, police, firemen/women, EMT’sRed Cross (and others), the city and state officials and any others; to ALL of you who are there in the middle of this terrible tornado aftermath and giving yourselves to what needs to be done. As I mentioned before many schools, churches, businesses, and individuals will b opening their doors to many, I pray for you. I ask for wisdom, encouragement and the ability to do the task that is being set before you. It is not going to be easy. I applaud those of you who are there to lend that hand to those in need. Lord bless you for your work, nothing is TOO small.   

I trust you will continue in your faith in God and look to HIm for your comfort where there seems to be none is sight. He is there with you, be encouraged tonight and the days ahead.

Lord bless you, this is sent with much prayer to you.

Candy Clonts

Many others have posted about this tornado in Moore, OK, please check out their thoughts. 🙂 They have a lot of good things to add far more than I. Be encouraged all, be encouraged. \o/