January 5 – Coming Through!

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I read a quote one day. “Remember: God sends children through you, not to you.” I remember thinking out loud, “Wow, that’s good!” It wasn’t until years later, when I was holding my own precious babies, that the quote really jarred me. All of a sudden, I felt out of control and powerless. Their destinies are in the hands of the One who sent them.

Dr. Luke’s historical account of the child who would one day be known as John the Baptist is quite insightful. What an entrance he made into the world! An angel pronounced his birth, a woman past the age of childbearing carried him, and a daddy who couldn’t speak declared his unexpected name.

So, you knew this baby was on his way to the top of his class and would surely be the next High Priest of Israel. On the contrary! The Bible says he lived in the desert. This great man was hidden from mainstream society most of his days. For all practical purposes, he was a social misfit; I mean the guy had a diet of grasshoppers and wild honey!

But, at the proper time, God brought his purpose to light. Everyone then and now can see and receive the precious Gift of God because he followed God’s plan for his life. Maybe you wonder if your “spirited child” will ever get it together. Be encouraged.

Our children are in His grasp. To Him, they are time capsules set to go off at the proper time. Indeed, they have landed on this planet through you, but always remember to Whom they ultimately belong!

 And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel. Luke 1:80 NIV

 Biblical Meditation: Psalm 127

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February 5 – I Don’t Eat That!

For people who hate discipline and only get more stubborn, there’ll come a day when life tumbles in and they break, but by then it’ll be too late to help them. Proverbs 29:1

What a privilege it is to be picky. Living in America, almost every one of us have our likes and dislikes. So, what I say from this point on is relative.

Food is one of those areas in which children demonstrate their preferences, quite early on, I might add. Texture, taste and timing of a meal often becomes a line of demarcation that promotes frustration for the stubborn one.

And if this behavior meets no worthy challenge throughout the tender years, then like “not so fine wine” the pickiness gets “NOT better with age!”

But like I said initially, we all suffer from some sort of lack of discipline and if we don’t allow wisdom to curb our hateful habits, we will look up one day and it could be too late.

So, today, if you don’t like to exercise, but you know it would help your circulation and cellulite storage program, do it anyway. If you don’t like the texture of vegetables or fruit or meat or much of anything else nutritious but you know your health depends on a change, make the change.

At the end of the day, what we think we don’t like may be just the thing that makes life worth living.

Lorenzo