The center of God's will... there is no other place to be. It might not be sunshine and flowers, but there is a calmness and assurance and peace-it passes all understanding. Things may seem to be all wrong and mixed up around you, I look at the world and all of the misery and pain and know-there is a haven of rest in my Father's hands. God is so good. I mean, if I wasn't so sure that He wants me exactly where I am... I could never have lasted this long. I can climb the mountains, weather the pain and hardships...because He has promised:
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.". Is. 42:16
No, I am not blind with my physical eyes, but there are so many things that God has yet to reveal to me. I can rest and trust knowing that He will lead me in the way that I should go-as I seek His guidance and the perfect plans that He has for me. As a little girl I would run up to my daddy and sit on his lap. I would tell him about my day, my dreams (I wanted to be a cowgirl), sometimes my fears. I love how I still can talk to him about these things...and yet, more amazing still- I can talk to God about all these things. He knows me better than I know myself.
Children... and how it is SO necessary for parents to have vision for raising them. Okay, yes, this might sound weird coming from a 23 year old, very single "kid". Living here with my cousin has opened my eyes to SO many things. Wow, was I ever naive. I thought that pretty much every family "kind-of" like mine. We all get along (most of the time), and have fun together, work together, have dinner together, honor and respect our parents. Was I in the the rudest of awakenings! Not at all how the "real" world is. No, we are by no means a perfect family-but when you have these basic principles: love God, respect each family member, help and love each other at the base of a family foundation-there is no room for failure. Get started the right way as you begin to have a family of your own. Even things as simple as getting your kids to help with chores at an early age (it doesn't have to be a huge chore-even emptying the wastebaskets), teach them politeness and good manners. Get them started young, it is extremely hard to get a teenager to change once they are in a "groove" of bad behavior.
"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." Prov. 22:6
Now if you are one of those people that might be raising an older, not to pleasant kid... don't give up. It's never too late for God to get a hold of these children. They are His, and he died to save them. He cares about them more that you or I ever could. Don't Give Up Emily. (preaching to myself)
Okay, so these are the two very random things running through my very tired brain tonight. I know I hardly ever write on this bloggy-thing any more... but I just thought I'd share some thoughts...