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How I learned to wait

How I learned to wait

My children are one of the main ways God speaks to me these days - both through their tantrums and their pure and innocent hearts.  How many times have I fussed at God because he said "no" or "not yet," or in his kindness he protected me, but I viewed it as confining instead of a blessing?

I wonder how our relationship with the Father would change if we related to Him in the manner in which we're trying to teach our children to relate to us?  Acknowledging that He knows more than we do, coming to Him when we need help or when we messed up, accepting that when he asks us to wait that there is a loving purpose.

Finding joy in obedience

Finding joy in obedience

When we make obedience a "dirty word," we remove the potential to find joy in obedience. We unintentionally create rule-following disciples who will fall away when they encounter actual challenges. Why? Because they have been taught that obedience is about restriction as opposed to living in freedom.   There is redemptive power in allowing the Lord to teach us joy in the midst of trial.  There is joy in obedience.