Missing my older daughter. She will be in Philadelphia all summer playing soccer with Torch Sports Ministry and working with inner city kids. I am so proud of the young woman she has become. How is it that our children grow up so fast? I still have that feeling of wanting to take care of all her needs and make her decisions for her. Is that what our Father in Heaven feels for us too?
He grants us the freedom to make our own decisions. Sure we can do things His way and life would be perfect. If that were the case, how would we learn from our mistakes? I know there have been times I tried and tried to do things on my own. I would fail and not succeed, time and again. When I chose Jesus, He patiently waited and came to my rescue, even when I thought it was too late. I thought to myself, how can I deserve such unending love?
The day I accepted Him, was the day life became real for me. We have this everlasting relationship that cannot be broken. Jesus still gives me the freedom to make decisions. I now ask Him for advice, for help, and for His will to be done. He is a Wonderful Counselor and Teacher! So in times like these, days when I am desperate to see my daughter, especially when she is playing in her first game, He comforts me, and reminds me that He is Our Everlasting Father. I can model after Him, and all the things He has shared with me.
We can all be comforted by Him in times of need, in times of loneliness, in times of sorrow. “I am He, who comforts you.” Isaiah 51:12
He gives us the precious decision to accept His love and freedom. Including the freedom to follow Him! I praise Him for this Freedom. He is never far away from us, even when we choose to run away from Him. He is always right there with us. He knows us by name. The freedom He gives to us to accept His love, and ask Him for every need is never far away, but always with us. Who will you choose today? I choose Him. For I know He will comfort me in times like this of missing my daughter and trusting in His plans that He has for her. I trust Him to comfort me, and to help me give my daughter the freedom to make decisions. After all, He is a wonderful role model of this freedom! I praise Your Name Jesus, all the days of my life!
But God (loved you), who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). Eph 2: 4, 5b,
Jesus thank you for not giving up on me, even in my most sorrowful times. You rescued me from self-pity, from despair, and from self-destruction. Praise You for believing in me and encouraging me to be the person I am today. Thank you for my children and for setting an example of what Your love entails for all of us. Thank You for comforting me as a mom and helping me guide my children. For I do know that they need to create their own testimonies with You by their side and I trust in You Lord!
In Your Name Always,