Recently, I was attending a bible study and the conversation turned to having a close and open relationship with our children....I was making a statement that a we had to put our embarrassment aside and have deep conversations with our children to guard them from outside influences. A friend turned to me and said "yes, but you grew up in a broken home therefore being a close family is important to you where some of us who didn't just take it for granted."
I hate yes buts.. either what is being said is truthful and to be agreed upon or it's not... no but.
I grew up in an extremely dysfunctional home. My friend doesn't have a clue.... The depths of depravity that my Saviour pulled me out of would take several blog posts to write and most gaurdian filters would block the posts after they were written. And the worst part is I was on a crash course to repeat some of those vile mistakes with my own children.
One day my Saviour asked me to follow Him. and I did.
He asked me to read and live His word. So I did.
Not perfectly, I assure you, but there were
No "yes, buts".
No "I crave unity" so I will create it.
No "I learned what not to do" and did something different.
No "by my own might"
If there is anything good in my family ALL and. I. mean. ALL. the credit and glory goes to God.
to imply anything else is invective.
Our Saviour walked us through the book of Deuteronomy. He led us into Joshua and said "This book of the Law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein, for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." Through Proverbs, Psalms, and in all sixty-six books of the bible He taught us to worship Him and let everything else lay where it falls.
Line by line, verse by verse we fell in love with our Lord, together.
and that made made us fall in love with each other.
Do we have our days where everything is far from lollipops and rainbows?
And THOSE... Those are the days we can take credit for. That is human in action. Those our the days we are walking by "our might".
But our blessed days, our one accord days. Those are God's... and there is no rock that is going to take my place.