Family Fun Time

Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4

It started with dinner at IHOP last night.  It’s an annual tradition dating back to my oldest starting Kindergarten, since we don’t do Halloween.  This morning we split into groups: hubby and the boys went to a family friend’s playoff football game; the little lady and I went shopping followed by lunch.

The funny thing is that was not my plan at all.  Saturday is my usual “me” day when I do my thing…SOLO.  I’m rather fond of Saturdays so when my daughter asked 3 days ago when we were going to split up into guys and gals, I blew her off with a “we’ll see.”  I told you I’m serious about those few hours of solitude per week!  She even followed up by asking if it could be this weekend.

Well my husband tells me at dinner last night he’s taking the boys to the game and asked if he would have little miss as well.  Laughing to myself, I said she’d hang with me for a bit.  Can you say, “Excited?”  She could!  On our way out, I asked her if she realized what she hoped for came to be.  She beamed.

“Did you ask Jesus to make it happen?”
She sincerely replied, “No.”
“Isn’t Jesus sweet to give you your heart’s desire, and you didn’t even ask Him?”
“Yeah, He’s so cool!

I love opportunities to remind my children they have a relationship with the Living God, not a religion.

When Worry Becomes Worship

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God Philippians 4:6

As a mother there are so many things I’ve worried about.   Am I a good mother?  Does my walk with Christ draw them to Him?  Am I giving them a well-rounded education?  What kind of men and woman are they growing up into?

Why do I worry?  Because in those moments I’m ignorant of my Father’s love for me so I depend on my abilities to change what bothers me.  Newsflash…MY abilities fail me big time, God’s love never will!  In fact worry highlights self-dependence because worry supposedly makes me look like I’m trying to fix something I actually can’t (Jesus speaks about the futility of that exercise in Matthew 6:26, 27).

What’s a better idea?  Pray about the situation, ask the Lord for what I need or desire and spend the rest of the time thanking Him for however He works it out for my good.  Its rooted in confidence that God is good and is always good to me (though undeserved).  It requires remembering that my Father gave up His Son (His best) for me and freely gives me all things.  At the beginning, middle and end of the day it is my “Father’s good pleasure to give me the kingdom” and He LOVES it when I trust Him to completely handle everything that concerns me.

My God is greater that any concern and He is for me.  Worry puts the focus on my insufficiency which leads to helplessness. Worship focuses on the Lord’s nature and abounding grace which leads to hopefulness.  The choice is mine.  Decisions, decisions…

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SOUL FOOD (Scripture References)

Romans 8:32

Luke 12:32

Psalm 138:8

2 Corinthians 9:8