Years ago when our son was about three years old, I’d take him to the mall to burn off the fidgets on days he couldn’t run around outside. I remember one particular visit like it was yesterday…
We were enjoying our time together when he suddenly looked up at me and said, “Wait here Mommy, I’ll be right back.”
He took off—running across the mall-way; while I was left momentarily speechless.
Fortunately, I recovered quickly, shouted his name and ran after him.
I don’t remember what he wanted or where he was going. I just remember thinking how ridiculous it was that my three-year old thought he could manage the big mall-world full of strangers and unknowns all by himself.
I also remember being very thankful that at that point he was still unable to outrun me! (That probably changed a couple of weeks later.)
It’s a blessing to be able to look back with a smile.
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Here I am in a big world away from my heavenly home. A place where it’s easy to get lost. One full of strangers and unseen dangers . . . but I can still look up at my Savior and say, “Wait right here, I’ll be right back.”
As I leave church on Sunday. As I leave the house. As I head off to work or go out with friends….
Anytime, I lose sight of His presence and decide I can “go it alone,” I am really saying, “Wait right here, I’ll be right back.”
Anytime, I decide I’d prefer to ignore His commands to love, forgive, or serve others; I’m saying, “Wait here, I’ll be back.”
- I’ll be back when I’m ready.
- I’ll be back when I need You.
- I’ll be back when I’m frightened, hurting, or sick, etc.
There’s a little prodigal in me! Is there a little prodigal in you too?
The good news—God never leaves. We may run off for a time, but He is always faithful.
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By God’s grace, I learned the truth. God is the Great Healer. Forever and always able to restore His broken children.
That’s when I selected Psalm 73:26 as my life verse:
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the
strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Look at verse 28 of the same chapter:
But as for me, how good it is to be near God!
I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter,
and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.
That’s where I want to be. Near my Father. Knowing He is watching and guiding, and telling everyone about the wonderful things He does.
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The First Week in August 2015
My friend, Ceil Ryan, inspires her readers at
Surrounded by the Spirit
– Connecting the Everyday to the Divine.
I love that Ceil says on her About Me Page:
“No matter how different our individual lives are,
we still face the same issues, the same blocks and blessings.
After all, we are family! We have the same Father.”
Her post, Transformed Into a New Creation is about
a beautiful piece of art that lead to a beautiful analogy.
Christy Mobley writes Joying in the Journey
She invites readers to…
look forward, press on and seek God
in every bump and turn in the road.
Christy wrote the following on her About Page:
“For more than half my life I was plagued with anxiety
and bouts of panic attacks. A few years ago God
lead me down the road to freedom. He then gave me a
desire to share that road with other women.”
Her post, Who Am I Really? fits perfectly with our topic this week.
And just what I needed.
Linda Perkins is discoverer and motivator at
Spring Sight – Hope for those struggling to
find faith in the midst of pain.
She describes herself as:
“a self-proclaimed Starbucks coffee addict, shutter bug,
and (much to her husband’s chagrin) a lover of “selfies.”
Her post, Midlife: Crisis or Opportunity? will make
you want to celebrate every stage of your life journey.
Top Pic from Compassion International Blog
Why Your Sponsored Child is a Hero
by Katie Unger.
Every child is the main character in their own hero story.
A really fabulous post!
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