Family Matters, Spiritual Growth and Understanding

One Call Away: Consulting With Our Primary Source

We have so many ways to connect with others in the digital age through text, video chat, cell phones, and social media to share the ongoings of things happening within our lives. It’s great to have others to connect with to call on for matters, but may we never forget to consult with our Heavenly Father in full clarity for true understanding of every aspect of our lives .

Through The Storm

Our twin daughter called frantically in the middle of the night “Daddy” following the sound of thunder from a bad storm. She had all faith within her plea that somehow through the storm, rain, and rocking of tree branches that by calling on her father she would be protected. That same mindset we can apply in strengthening our faith in the Lord. There will be times of unpleasant and unpredictable uncertainty of things that will come across in our lives. We’re human and not immune to experiencing fear, yet when we encounter those moments it’s not for us to immediately throw in the towel in expecting doom for our fates. It’s for us to trust the Lord wholeheartedly to not only comfort us until the storm passes, but he will give peace, and hope knowing that eventually the sun will shine. I would like to encourage you regardless if it’s a physical storm or the storm in life to call first on the Lord before putting your trust in anything or anyone other to comfort you.

They cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. Psalms 107 : 28 NIV

Needing Wisdom

Many of us enjoy Q&A blogs, shows, and posts. They’re done by those who are searching for wisdom, and those who feel they have the best advice for aiding in a solution for the problem. We will have moments where there will be a major change in our lives or a big shift within our families. Our human nature tells to consult to what we feel is near and dear in our times of distress. It’s good to talk to a trusted friend, family member, or even a member of the church. We have to keep in mind that although some may care for us they may share their advice from bias, judgment, fear, their own convenience, prejudice, and from a disconnect in first hand experience of what you are actually going through. There’s also no for sure guarentee other than word of mouth that what was shared is fully confidential in not being shared in the least bit with anyone else. Sure, I can share some things with my mommy friends about my struggles in co-parenting at times, but in truth many aren’t in the situation of navigating as a blended family. I’ve shared to some close friends insight on what it’s like to be a caregiver to a spouse living with a chronic illness and having a child living with autism, and most have empathy regarding the situation, but when it comes down to making major decisions because of those factors they’re at a limited lost. When we are at a need for wisdom in various matters that will have a major impact on us and our families go the Lord first for seeking wisdom.

If any of you lack wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1: 5 NIV

Unsolicited & Distorted

There will be times where we may not seek advice from loved ones, but due to their closeness to us they may feel warranted to share their passionate thoughts, concerns, and opinions on matters. If we are not careful in not developing our own personal relationship with God through prayer and study the words and opinions of others will be our heart’s first voice of interpretation. We cannot let the voice of others to become our first voice in response. Yes, God may speak through others on our behalf, but it will be through confirmation of what He has already spoken first to us. Again, through so many outlets of communication and interpretation of the word of God through memes, social media post, various televised media, and etc be sure to study the bible for yourself while later reflecting through the word in prayer.

There’s nothing better than being wise, knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. Ecclesiastes 8: 1

Call Me

Never feel like you can’t reach out to the Lord in whatever you’re going through. There is surface comfort in the digital age of many apps and gadgets to connect with others. We all know that cell phones loose their charge, apps flop, video messages can stall, not to put our stalk in social media post, and although our loved ones care they will not always be there. You can always call on the Lord. He is right there waiting on you in a forever lifeline to help you with every step of your journey. Remember before you consult go to your primary source .

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalms 145: 18 NIV

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