There are 2 scriptures that have been very encouraging to me over the past several months. When it seems as if you are getting nowhere, you're going in circles with trying to get something accomplished that you know God has called you to and you're ready to give up, remember the word's of Paul.
He quotes Hosea in Romans 9 of The Message, "...I'll call nobodies and make them somebodies; I'll call the unloved and make them beloved. In the place where they yelled out, 'You're nobody!' they're calling you 'God's living children.'"
He goes on to quote Isaiah in Romans 9 of The Message, "...God doesn't count us; he calls us by name."
I love those two verses. We live in such a numeric age where everyone is a number...you call your credit card company, they want your number...you call the power company, they want your number...it goes on and on and on.
Paul reminds us that God is personal, "Arithmetic is not his focus."
We are not a number to Him. He is our God, our father, our friend, our companion, our support, our deliver, our encourager, etc. He will be whatever we need Him to be at any given time in our life. And I thank Him for that constantly.
I need Him to the giver of wisdom daily with my 17 and 18 year old daughters. Even my 22 year old son seeks me out for wisdom. Thank goodness God doesn't get tired of me asking Him. I have found that as children get older, we parents, need more wisdom from God.
When our children are smaller we tell them what to do and they obey or else, right? lol When they are older we parents have to let them go, so they can make their own decisions. That is where we need wisdom. God gave our children to us to raise "in the ways of the Lord." We then have to give them to God as they are grown so they can make their own decisions. If the decisions are not the ones we would make, we have to remember our children are God's. We did what we were suppose to, now we have to make sure we do not renege and try to control their lives.
THAT IS VERY HARD TO DO! BUT WE HAVE TO ALLOW THEM TO MAKE MISTAKES AND LEARN FROM THEM, JUST AS WE DID.
If we are wise God will teach us through the circumstances some spiritual lessons. It may be hard. It may be difficult. But, WE CAN DO IT.
I am sure if any of you reading have been through this already and have some wonderful words of encouragement the women would welcome the comments.