Gabrielle helping her young friend to see what's beyond the wall.
Gabrielle getting equipped to climb the rock wall.
Like all Christian moms, my heart's desire is that our children abide in the Lord and walk in the truth every moment of their lives. I am completely dependent on God, His strength and His Holy Spirit. Motherhood keeps me humbly on my knees. Parenting is heart work. As a girlfriend of mine always says, "Motherhood is the hardest job you'll ever love."
If I have one success in motherhood, this may be it: One thing I am teaching our children clearly is that God meets us in His Word every time we open the Bible and seek Him there. And really, that success has little to do with me and much to do with His perfect provision and faithfulness. He is faithful to daily give us our portion when we make and invest quiet, generous time to read His Word. God gives us the exact scripture we need every day as we take the time to seek Him. I try to demonstrate this truth and tell it to our children every day. I do believe our children are getting it.
"Even if good people fall seven times, they will get back up. But when trouble strikes the wicked, that's the end of them." Proverbs 24:16
As Gabrielle read this to me, tears streamed down my face. God met her "specifically" with what she needed. She sought Him and He met her with His Word and with encouragement. He reached down to the tender places of Gabrielle's heart. The scripture and the devotion were perfect for her heart just at that time. God met Gabrielle specifically where she needed it. I'll always remember her words "specifically for me". She's getting it. He loves her that much.
God gives us our portion every time we seek Him in His Word. Every time. Specifically. "One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in His temple." (Psalm 27:4)
Climb, Gabrielle, climb!
You are my portion, O LORD; I have promised to obey your words. (Psalm 119:57 )
I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread. (Job 23:12)