Another wonderful weekend in the books! The kids have so much fun together and the apartment was full of laughter! The goodbyes only get harder, but we know we will be home and together soon! Madison has her 100 day bone marrow biopsy tomorrow morning at 8am. They will be checking to see if she is still 100% donor and checking for cancer cells. Please be in prayer!
The Right Action and the Right Heart
Westside Christian Church ended their series today on "Finding your way." The series was based on the prodigal son (Luke 15). Today the sermon focused on the older son and his response to his younger brother coming home.
“Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might ecelebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, fwho has devoured gyour property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, hyou are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting eto celebrate and be glad, for this your brother iwas dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”
These verses shows us there is more than one way to be lost. The younger brother was lost because he was discovering himself (self-discovery) and the older brother was lost because he felt he was to good for God (self-salvation). Both sons were lost! One was breaking the rules and the other was keeping them selfishly. Sin is putting yourself in the place of God. We obey God until it makes us feel uncomfortable. We easily give up on people and have no compassion. We focus on how people have hurt us instead of seeing them as God does. Has God asked us to reach out to others?
This series has shown me that blaming others for the situations we are in is no way pleasing to God. We need the right action and the right heart. God wants us to face the struggles and go to him! One thing that God has spoken to me is when situations are messy we have a choice. We can stay there and play the blame game or move forward, move in the direction God wants us to.
I'm by no means perfect, but God is! When we feel like we can't extend grace anymore God can. The closer I get to God the more I see people the way God does. Thank you God for loving me, giving me grace, and for never giving up on me.
November is here! Let this month be the month you give grace and say thanks! We all have relationships that need God's presence. Pray for those relationships and see what God can do within them!