Stumbling Block Or Stepping Stone

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I pray so much that I might not be a stumbling block in the way of my kids (or anyone else for that matter) seeing clearly who Jesus is. He is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. Psalm 103:8 I pray that I might be more of a stepping stone to Him. If you think of a stepping stone usually you can not see them until you come upon them in a walkway or a garden path… they are sunk into the ground to give a firm setting to place your foot so as not to slip and slosh in mud..reminds me of humility not drawing attention to self and not afraid to get down in the mud with and for someone else. No job handed to us by the King of kings is ever too small or insignificant. I’d rather be a small humble, useful stepping stone than one giant opulent stumbling block! As important as it is to be watching in the workplace and around the world for ways God is working and may want us to join Him, I think there is no place to be watching more closely than how He is working in and through my own family. Where might He want me to join in on the work He is doing in and through the 8 He has intricately planned and put together for His purposes and His glory. Am I asking my husband what God has been speaking to his heart on a regular basis? Because what God says to one of us He has said to both as we are one flesh in His book(Gen. 2:24), and what/where He is calling one of us He is calling us both…or in a sense right now all eight of us as a family. Do I ask my kids first when they come to me with a question or concern…what do you think God is saying to you about this? Rather than give my two cents right away, encouraging them to seek His wisdom first. I was encouraged today as I read in Gen. 33:20 that Jacob acknowledges the God of his fathers as his God also, El Elohe Israel. I so pray that God would continue to draw my children’s hearts into a close personal relationship with Himself. What stood out the most in my quiet time this morning was in Gen 35:1 God speaks to Jacob. In verse 2 the very first thing Jacob does it says is go tell his household! And then he recounts to his family in verse 3 the faithfulness of his God to them.. (3) God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone. – Wow! I pray He reveal more of who He is to me and that I can be as faithful to share it out in the way I think, act and speak in order to be a stepping stone to Him.

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