Seeking God’s Plan for my Boys

Only God knows what kind of men my boys will become. And so I seek Him and ask Him to give me wisdom. Wisdom to know His plans. Eyes to see their uniqueness. And then words to direct their hearts towards His calling.

Today I’m writing over at the MOB Society about casting a Godly vision for your boys (also true for girls…but the site is for mothers of boys afterall…). Click here to read the article.

To go along with the theme of my post I wanted to share a video of my two oldest boys we made last week. The only prompt I gave was: “Do y’all want to help me tell others about HelloMornings? Lots of ladies will see it and maybe want to join me in waking up early. You have one minute to talk about why you like when mommy wakes up early.”

This is the result:


So I speak this vision over my eldest son…”God has gifted you with the ability to craft words. You perform well in front of others…with passion. You have a wonderful sense of truth and share it well. I can’t wait to see how God uses these talents for His glory.”

What gifts do you see in your children? Have you sought God for wisdom in how He could use those gifts for His glory?

Such a high calling to take the raw material God has placed in my hands and shape it for His purposes. 

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“No want to!”

He stands there with this lips pursed, eyes determined and declares, “No want to!”

He has arrived…the independent two-year-old.

It’s not his first visit. I’ve seen him before. Two times before (2007 & 2009).

Although I can handle the stand-offs with more grace and less emotion, they still annoy me.

We have places to be, things to do…I have a plan. His obstinance prolongs every process.

He doesn’t want to get in the car. Then he doesn’t want out of the car. He refuses to walk towards the park. Then refuses to walk away from the park…

He is not bothered if I continue on without him. I walk ahead and he stands firmly. I turn the corner and glance back only to find him content without me.

So I concede and walk back. I pick him up, carrying him to the next destination.

Just like parenting does so often…I see my heart reflected in his. I see my refusal to follow. I see my desire to do things the way I want them done.

Sometimes I don’t look to see where my Father is leading. I am content to stand firm in what I think is right.

Why should I have to serve my family all day, every day? Why should I give words of encouragement to my husband? Why should I call a friend who is going through a hard time?

In my own way I’m screaming: “NO WANT TO!!”

He has a plan for me. He has a place He wants to take me. Will I allow Him to scoop me up and carry me safely there?

It’s not whether that plan will be fulfilled. It’s how will I get there? Will I chose the hard way? Choosing my will over His?

He gives me that freedom. His plan, His way OR His plan, the hard way.

His plan will prevail. I can chose to be in His presence on the path to getting there. Or I can chose to stand my ground. Trying the way I think is best.

Lord,

Give me patience with this little man in my life. Help me to teach him how to obey without breaking his spirit. Give me wisdom in each challenging moment.

Help me to see my own strong will in regards to obeying you. Thank you that you give me the freedom to choose but are gracious enough to come back for me when I fail.

Amen 

I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me…I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please…What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do. Listen to me you stubborn-hearted, you who are far from righteousness. I am bringing righteousness near, it is not far away; and my salvation will not be delayed.” Isaiah 46:9-13

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Leaving Neverland

In Neverland, from “Peter Pan”, the lost boys don’t want to grow up. They fight pirates, battle Indians, tease mermaids and play all day.

In my personal “Neverland” I don’t grow up either.

I dwell on all the “nevers”. I narrow in on all the unfulfilled dreams. I’m a little lost girl, foolishly plotting my future.

When I go to my “Neverland” I’m not full of joy but sadness. And I continue to allow myself to go there. I listen to the lies. I hold tightly to my childish dreams thinking when they are fulfilled then I will be happy

I chose to be discontent in my Father’s plan. I don’t wanna grow up. I don’t want to see as Yahweh sees.

However, in order to find true and lasting “joy” (Hebrew: chara), I must chose to leave my “Neverland”. My obsession with the “nevers”. I must chose to grow up and leave childish ways behind me.

To chose His dreams over mine.

To trust His hand & not my heart.

What “Neverland” do you find yourself in right now?

  • Never have a husband who spiritually leads your family
  • Never be able to afford the home you are wanting
  • Never have children who are self-controlled
  • Never have the recognition you deserve at work
  • Never have close friends you can trust
  • Never __________________________

Instead of assuming that something will “never” happen, let’s keep our minds occupied with truth. The more I study His Word, the more truth I discover. The more I repeat those truths, the less room there is for the “nevers”.

I challenge you to consider what “Neverland” you are living in right now. What lies are you believing? What biblical truth can you find to dwell on? Ask God to reveal truth to you in the area you need. Allow Him to fill you with hope and to see as He sees. Let’s grow up together in our faith and leave “Neverland.”

“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:11-12

{Wendy attempts to convince Peter that there is more to life than Neverland…

Peter: Why do you have to spoil everything? We have fun, don’t we? I taught you to fly and to fight. What more could there be?
Wendy: There is so much more.
Peter: What? What else is there?
Wendy: I don’t know. I guess it becomes clearer when you grow up.
Peter: Well, I will not grow up. You cannot make me! }

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