As I mentioned maybe a month ago, my teenage son has been struggling. I was praying for guidance and to know how God wanted me to handle this somewhat unique situation. He lives with his dad, not with me, so sometimes I feel like the normal parent boundaries don't apply. More and more, I felt led to connect with his stepmom. Invite her to the Christmas luncheon, God told me. Truthfully, and selfishly, $40 is a lot of money at this time of year. But I listened. I invited her and she accepted. I kept praying for God to do a work in her life, and, consequently, in the life of my son.
After I invited her, and she accepted, this was the scripture in our Can We Talk study to pore and paraphrase:
"Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt."
"But Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?"
"And He said, "Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God at this mountain."Exodus 3:10-12
My paraphrase reads like this:
God: Debbie, go to their house so you may bring my people out of bondage.
Me: Who am I to do this? They have a lot going on over there, you know.
God: I will be with you and here is the sign: You will all worship together one day.
Here is what it boils down to:
1. God does not want His people in bondage to anything.
2. He will send a rescue party.
3. Sometimes it will be me, but I won't be alone.
When we came to this day in the study, I was overcome (not too strong a word here) with the implications of this scripture. I know that God gave me a promise personally, that one day we will all worship together.
The Christmas Luncheon was absolutely anointed by God. My friend and I felt the Spirit so strongly upon us. All I could do was hug her and think to myself, God is sooo good. Better than we deserve. A big thank you to all the ladies who made this day possible. You were used by God in a huge way.
After letting this post roll around in my mind for a few hours, I need to clarify something. This is not about me. This is entirely about how good God is. It is only because of His grace that I have been saved. It is only because of His grace that I am in a position to reach out to someone. Five or six years ago this would not have been possible. It is only through the goodness of my Savior that I am truly able to love others. I am so not worthy.
So happy for you and how God is working in your life. What a great example you are to others that you can have a positive relationship with your son's stepmom, that is truly awesome - so many people carry around jealousy, bitterness, etc. in divorce/stepparent situations and it really warms my heart to hear stories like yours, to know that not everyone is so selfish and that some can see the bigger picture. Thank you.ReplyDelete
AWWWWW!!!! I am loving your posts. You have a lot going on with God, just like me. Isn't he something?ReplyDelete