*** Edit, December 29th—For some reason the devotion I wrote that was posted on Monday, December 28, 2009 on the Proverbs 31 website did not get out to everyone who subscribed to receive it. I don’t know why. For that reason, I am leaving this post up another day. I am giving away a book based on my devotion and this post. Please leave a comment if you are interested in the give away.
Hi, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! It seems like Christmas gets here so quickly and just a quickly it’s gone. And people begin putting away their decorations, trees out by the road for pick up, back to work, and boom it’s the next year. We have decided to slow it down this year. No rush to put anything away. Enjoy the beauty of our home at Christmas (plus it always looks so bare when all the Christmas stuff is put away) and the celebration of the season just a little longer. I love Christmas and I always hate to see it go.
On to other things…if you are visiting via the Proverbs 31 Devotion today, welcome to my blog! The Shelter was written about my child, Dylan, however whether you are a parent or not, at some point we all have hurts and require shelter and protection. Dylan found that in the arms of his earthly father and the protection of a home made fort. We also can find refuge and shelter. We just have to seek it in the arms of our Heavenly Father under His provided shelter for us. It’s there, and the way we get there is through reading and believing His Word. Get in the Bible ladies. I know I need to read mine more. So often I’m sad about something and I know God is just waiting for me to call on Him instead of seeking comfort somewhere else.
If you are a parent, you know that one of the most devastating things we experience is when one of our children is hurting. How often I’ve said, “I wish I could take that pain away from you honey” to one of my kids. I have 4 children and each have had their share of pain. And each time, no matter what the case, I’ve wanted to fix it, make it better, wipe the tears away for good. But that’s not possible. I am only human and anything I do to “fix” their situation can only be temporary.
My good friend, P31 Woman Magazine editor, author, and one of the most loving people I’ve ever met, Glynnis Whitwer, wrote a book about this titled, When Your Child is Hurting. It would be my pleasure to give one of these away today. If you’d like to be in the drawing, which will be completely random, just leave a comment in the comment section of this blog sometime over the next 2 days. I’ll be away from from home spending a few days computer free in the mountains with my kids and my friend Denise and her kids. I’ll do the drawing when I get back and announce the winner on Thursday, December 31st, New Year’s Eve. Check back then to see if you’ve won.
If you or anyone you know is hurting, it is my sincere prayer that you seek refuge in the only place you can truly find it, the arms of God. He knows us better than anyone and He knows how to take care of us better than anyone. Jeremiah 29:13 tells us to seek Him with all our heart and we will find Him. Let’s make that the first thing we do.
Praying Blessings of Protection and Shelter to You and/or Your Children Today,