Fear not, for I am with thee!

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41‬:‭10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Healing takes time, and so often happens in layers: one memory, one truth at a time. You don’t have to figure things out on your own. Just follow Jesus. He’s such a gentle Shepherd; He knows how to deliver you in a way that won’t destroy you. He knows what lies you picked up when life let you down. And He’ll move at a pace that you can keep. He’s not in a hurry. You can trust Him. Let your Good Shepherd lead the way. Get out of your head and trust Him with your whole heart. He’s more committed to your wholeness and freedom than you are. So, enjoy the journey. Smell the flowers. Notice the little things. Stay grateful. And stay expectant. God is always up to something new. Susielarson.com

Be a good teacher

My wife and I try and teach our 8 year old daughter how to do all kinds of different things. Sometimes she’s very receptive and has a lot of fun with it but she struggles with trying to figure out the significance of other ones. She adores cooking with us, making her own concoctions then having us try them whether we want to or not. Whenever I am building something I always try and share that experience with her so that she is able to do things on her own when she’s older and not have to rely on someone else. She can use a tape measure, mark lines, drill a pilot hole and screw the screws in. She helps us wash the vehicles, only I fear she’s only there to give her old father a surprise shower which is always good for a laugh or two. Helping us plant the garden was very entertaining and watching it grow with God’s help. My father didn’t show me how to do the most basic things to help myself and I really struggled later in life to catch up with all my friends that had been doing these things for years. One thing that I noticed when I was reading all of the books in the Bible was that Jesus took the time out to teach every single person and was humble in the way that he did it. He didn’t snub someone off because they were of a certain stature or feel like they didn’t need to learn something. He made sure that we had a relationship with God to the very last minute of His life. He never stopped loving or caring for us even after we beat Him within an inch of His life. He hung there spit on beaten and bloody professing his love for God and us, making sure He bridged that gap for us from earth to heaven. My wife and I want to do everything in our power to make sure that our kids are ready as much as they can be for the future. The most important thing for them to remember though is that we can only go so far on our own in life. We want her to remember always that God needs to be the leader in her life and that between God’s message and love mixed with what we taught her can change herself and the world. Psalms 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will council you with my loving eye on you. Proverbs 22:6 start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for yet another beautiful day. Please forgive us our sins and trespasses we repent and get back on your path. Help us to stay on your small path Lord because we know that the devil has a wide path for us to stumble on. Give us the physical, mental, and spiritual strength that is needed to get through this day and stay as close to you as possible. If anyone out there needs our help today bringing them closer to you then please Lord open the door for that opportunity. Give us the ears to hear the eyes to see in the words to say how you would. Thank you for being with us, in us, and around us, in Jesus precious name, Amen!