I’ve given my son, who’s a high school senior, some encouraging advice lately.
“Don’t look at all you have to do. Just do the next thing.”
“Trust God in your disappointments, and recount your blessings.”
“Nothing happens in life that isn’t sifted through God’s hands first.”
“God loves you. Keep your eyes on Him.”
We as parents are our children’s greatest encouragers. As my son is quickly approaching the finish line of his high school career, I’m finding this parental encouragement is even more vital and important.
These words I’ve shared with my son, I believe have been God-given… Not only for him, but quite possibly, even more for me.
It’s time I take
my own God’s advice.
I can easily get overwhelmed when I take my eyes off of God. I can easily allow myself to throw a big ol’ pity party when I become less than thankful. I can forget Who is in control, and worse yet, forget I’m loved by Him.
But, you know… it never fails. God gives me just what I need when I need it. He gives me His words of encouragement, and reminds me of His love, even if they’re through my own mouth to my son.
Maybe these words are for you today, too.
Is your to-do list longer than the hours in your day? Is disappointment all you can see? Are your circumstances less-than-desirable, and you find yourself confused? Are you immersed in nothing but what seems like the yuck in life?
If so, you’re not alone.
Friend, the great truth is we don’t have to stay there.
Together, let’s lift our eyes. Let’s set our hearts on truth. May we pause and ponder the many blessings we have in our lives and be thankful for them. May we turn our focus to the One who’s in control with unwavering trust.
And then take the next step with Him, living in His abundant and extravagant love.
There’s something about embracing the truth of how much God loves you and me. It brightens the dullest of days and lights a path of hope to the future.
I have loved you with a love that lasts forever. I have kept on loving you with a kindness that never fails. – Jeremiah 31:3
Amen. God’s love can get us through anything, including that big pile of yuck.
His love is all we need. His love is enough.
For you. For me. For my son.
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