September 26, 2017 Isaiah 8-10; 1 John 5

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Not the World’s Thinking  | Nikki Metzger

S~ The Lord has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does.  He said, “Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do, and don’t live in dread of what frightens them.  Make the Lord of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life.  He is the One you should fear.  He is the One who should make you tremble.  He will keep you safe.”  Isaiah 8:11-14a (NLT)

O~ The author is saying to be different than everyone else (the world, people who don’t have a relationship with Jesus).  Don’t think like they do – set God as #1, and He will keep you safe.

A~ Some blogs and articles that I’ve read have been running through my head……a young girl’s emotional state devastated by mean girls, a young boy seeing pornography at a friend’s home that led to him having a pornography addiction.  These pressures our young kids are facing are overwhelming.

I have been worrying about my kids and these pressures too.  I want to manage and control everything.  They are at such a tender age of independence, but still so young and innocent.  It’s hard for me to send my kids out in the world to navigate, even their friendships.

We’ve had some hurtful lessons learned this summer with friends and what really a good friend is about.  My kids have been hurt and I just want to protect them.  And I wonder if our house rules are what keep some friendships at bay because we set some pretty tight limits.  Some kids don’t like following those rules, so they don’t want to hang out with my kids.  I wonder if that will affect my kids and their friendships?

And then sending them to a home where I’m not sure what they are seeing or experiencing behind.  It’s so hard for me.

But God, You are SOOOOO good to me!  This week in our home – we have all struggled with friendships, and really, I’m questioning myself about how to parent a 10 year old; when to give independence, when to draw them close.  I don’t have a dang clue!

But You whisper to me, ‘Don’t think like the world, Nikki.  This is a STRONG warning. Meaning: Thinking like the world, believing what culture says is true or right, is dangerous.’

You also tell me not to live in dread of what frightens me.  I’m frightened by letting my kids out into the unknown.  I’m frightened by keeping them home too, so what do I do?

You tell me what to do; You tell me to fear You, to be in awe and have holy worship to You, to make You the center of my life. You will keep me safe!  You will keep my kids safe!

P~ God, I struggle with parenting!  Boundaries, pointing my kids to You, helping choose friends or not saying anything.  I so desire amazing, positive, strong, solid friendships for my kids.  Help me to fear and obey You more in this area of my life.  Please take my thoughts and sift through them.  Lord, I don’t want to think like everyone else as I parent, I want to think like You and Jesus! Please help!  In Jesus’ Name!  Amen!

Align My Heart | Deanna George

S~ This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14 (NIV)

O~ According to HIS will.

A~ Am I praying to align my wants with your will or am I asking according to my will and desires? What am I doing to make sure I am seeking your will? I get into periods where my prayers seem to be self- centered. I want my kids to be sheltered from challenges and risks. I want to stop battling self-esteem. I want my friend’s cancer to go away. I want my marriage to be like a fairy tale. It is not always like that, but I sure can get in a rut. It seems like it takes a jolt to remember that I need to be praying, “Thy will be done.” I have such peace when I pray that instead of “I want.” I need to choose to focus on God’s will so that my will can align with his.

P~ Lord Jesus, the desire of my heart is to be in your will. I want my desires and my will to align with your plans for me, my family, and my friends. Please help me to be patient with your will. I know that is where my weakness can lead to self-centered prayers. I want all of my heart to seek your will, your timing, your answers, and your plan.

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