Baby Steps

Baby Development Stages in the First Year: Month by Month

Isn’t it the cutest thing when you see a baby taking his or her first steps? Even as they wobble unsteadily, trying so hard to master walking and they fall a time or two, a parent is still proud of each step. It shows they are growing stronger and wanting to be more independent. It is a milestone that is the beginning of other milestones. The child will continue to learn new ways of moving and exploring, but all within the care of the parent, less they get hurt trying to do something they are not ready for yet.

I love the beautiful relationship between a loving parent and child. It is so precious a bond with endless possibilities for adventures and memories. Our relationship with our heavenly Father is like that! He is so happy when we take our first steps towards Him. Just like a parent, He is waiting for us to walk to Him on our own and then grabs us with all of His love and hugs us for a job well done. He is excited for our adventures and memories to come.

He knows what we are capable of and what we are not. He will steer us, if we let Him, away from harmful things, but will also lead us onto areas where He knows we will be okay by leaning on Him. As His children, we trust Him to lead us safely. We know He loves us. We may go through times where we are TOO independent and want to do things our way, but He is always there, giving us the choice of asking Him to help us. And you know what? He always loves for us to ask for His help!

For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete. 2 Corinthians 13:9

Today, though we are adults, I think it is helpful to remember that we are God’s children, not fully mature but always growing into ourselves that He wants us to be. We will have many adventures, good and bad, but He is always there to go through every single day with us. What a Father! It makes me sad that some do not know the Father and feel very alone. It is our job to tell them about how great our Father is and what He does for His children. He never leaves His children. We have nothing to fear!

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 13:6

Just as we are happy to see our own children mature, we still love when they need us, reach out to us, ask our opinion on something. The Lord is no different. He loves when we reach out to Him it acknowledges our dependence on Him. He also knows our future and wants to help us mature into it. Comparing our own parent-child relationship to ours with the Father, makes me love Him even more! He takes such good care of us:)

Dear Father,

Thank You for reminding us that You are doing for us what we do for our children. We love You for how You parent us. You are our cheerleader for things we are doing for You, our comforter when we go through trials and our fount of knowledge and wisdom on how to mature in You. You are our everything and we love You! Please, as You guide us, give us opportunities to reach out to others who need You. Give us courage and words to say that will be what they need to hear. Help them to see where our hope lies and want that too. We ask these things because we know You will help us accomplish Your will as You grow us up into maturity. Amen

Love and prayers to all!

Just me. Just His.

Tina

Less is More

Normally, I wake up wondering what God will show me, but today is different The Lord has already laid something on my heart awhile ago and I will try to express it in a way worthy of Him. I have been thinking it is a tough thing to write about and have honestly avoided it! Three things about sin…

1.Anyone can sin and has sinned. We are not immune just because we are Christians. Yes, we are a holy people seeking after God, who alone can keep us holy, but we have a selfish nature that, when fed, can lead us into sin. I can sin. You can sin. The pastor can sin. People sitting in church can sin. If we love God, we are a target of the enemy! We need to know it is possible for Christians to sin, so that we will not choose selfish paths that the enemy suggests to us.

But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. James 1:14 ESV

2. The enemy tells us what we want to hear. He will tell us we deserve more than what we have. We will be happier if we have more. We deserve more attention, more freedom, we deserve more power and the list goes on. Because more will always make us happier, right? Nope! It is a lie. Every day we need to be on guard because one thing is for sure. He will lie to you today.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:10-12 NIV

3. Less is more. When it comes to staying holy, like Jesus, less is more. The enemy says, More is more, but it is a lie! A life with Jesus is all about surrender, because if we surrender more, we have more room for Him! Unknowingly the world’s view and desires and habits can stick to us. We sometimes don’t know we are carrying those things, so we need to surrender daily to the Lord, asking for His protection and guidance in our day. Less of the world is a good thing. Less really is more, because God has a surrendered heart to work with.

We are more than what we can purchase or make ourselves. We are what we allow God to make us.

When we learn that God allows what He allows in our lives, for His own good and perfect reasons, we become unburdened of expectations and labels of the world, and our striving is only toward Him.

Dear Father,

We can be stubborn sometimes, especially me, and it takes us awhile to realize just how much You love us and plan things for our own good. Help us to see that all things are Yours to control and that trusting You, no matter our circumstances, brings true peace. Make us into what You would have us be. Disciple us so that we can help others live a holy life in this world. We certainly have no hope of doing that in our own strength. We love You and ask these things so we can honor You more and guide others to You. Amen.

Thank you for reading. This was a tough write. It’s taken me years to understand some of these things, and I have more to learn. Aren’t you glad God takes the time to hear our prayers, teach us and Father us, for years and years? He is truly a GOOD Father! Love and prayers to you all. I pray you have a great week in the Lord!

Just me. Just His.

Tina