The life of a twelve year old boy, the perspective of a child whose father has left the home to begin another, the hurt and anger that is left confined within the home a father was to love, protect and lead. What to do with a twelve year old boy that has been left? What does he do with the anger, the unforgiveness, the bitterness, the confusion, the heartache? How does a mother put it into perspective for him when she herself doesn’t understand. She sees the blessings but how does she to discipline her child when his actions are results of a father that has left, actions that are only a shadow of the father that left?
Those are hard questions a mother must answer as the reality of the storm settles into every day life. The answers can only be found in The Word of God, in His sweet instruction book for our lives. What a fresh of breath air it brings, a comfort and security when answers seem to be everywhere but nowhere. Where nothing seems to speak to this aching mothers heart UNTIL she turns the pages and finds our Heavenly Father whispering to her spirit.
Psalm 18:30-36 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer. he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.
Our God never fails us nor forsakes us. The Proverbs I have been reading the last few days have given me hope. Proverbs 19:18 – Discipline your child while there is hope. Otherwise you will ruin their lives. Proverbs 29:17 – Discipline your children and they will give you peace of mind and will make your heart glad. Proverbs 29:19 – Words alone will not discipline a servant, the words may be understood but they are not heeded.
Discipline is my word for 2012. I thought I was applying it to myself so I would become more disciplined and that would be my focus for 2012. That is the case but little did I know God had another dimension to the word I was unprepared for in January. He has loved me with an everlasting love and He has drawn me with loving kindness. May I allow God’s truth to saturate my spirit and spill over into the lives of my children as we walk this journey God is leading. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord! For He is our refuge and our ever present help in trouble.
May God bless each of you and your families this weekend,
Hugs and love,