Lord, I pray that You would give Stephen a heart that desires to obey You. Put into him a longing to spend time with You, in Your Word and in prayer, listening to Your voice. Shine Your light upon any secret or unseen rebellion that is taking root in his heart, so that it can be identified and destroyed.
Lord, I pray that he will not give himself over to pride, selfishness, and rebellion, but that he will be delivered from it. By the authority You’ve given me in Jesus’ name, I “stand against the wiles of the devil” and I resist idolatry, rebellion, stubbornness, lying, and disrespect; they will have no part in my son’s life, nor will my child walk a path of destruction and death because of them.
“The eye that mocks his father, and scorns obedience to his mother, the ravens of the valley will pick out and the young eagles will eat it.” ~Proverbs 30:17
So, if you read my blog regularly, you saw how stressed I was yesterday. I got in the car yesterday afternoon and after I picked up my son, this song came on. I’ve heard it before, but sometimes a song can hit you right in a moment you need it. So, I thought I would play it for y’all. Enjoy!
Valentine’s Day always holds mixed feelings for me.
I love to be able to lavish gifts on my son, even small gifts, and he loves to have me as his Valentine every year. Since he is now 9 years old and heading into those teenage years all too soon, I will take being his Valentine as long as I possibly can. So, I buy him little gifts and try to spend some extra time on Valentines Day each year to show him just how much I love him.
Valentine’s traditions are also a thing that I can either like or dislike depending on the aspect we are discussing and the people involved. For instance, I cannot stand how holidays are so very commercialized and Valentine’s Day is one of the worst. My thought is, and has always been, that if you are not giving me flowers at some point throughout the year and showing me how much you love me every single day, then please do not give me something on Valentine’s Day because it won’t mean anything to me. Now, if a friend sent me something that would be different, but I am talking about when in a relationship.
Valentine’s Day also holds mixed emotions for me because I am single. On the one hand, I would rather be single and happy on Valentine’s Day than in a relationship that is not right. On the other hand, it’s another reminder from society that I should be in love and happy. Yes, I want to be in love; yes, I get very lonely sometimes, but I shouldn’t have to be in a relationship to be happy. I don’t need a man in my life to make happy; all I need is God. But do I want a man in my life? Yes, most definitely. I miss companionship and love. I want to spend my day in and day out life with someone who loves me. So, Valentine’s Day is hard for me every year because I am swamped from the world with the fact that I should be in love.
What the commercialization of Valentine’s forgets to do is honor those of us who are single for whatever reason. It forgets to say, “It’s ok to be single, even on Valentine’s Day”.
So, to those of you who are single, please know that I get it and that it’s OK to be single on Valentine’s Day! God is our Valentine!! He’s the husband to the husband-less (which means that he is there for those of us who are single (male or female); in ways that even a spouse could never be). Celebrate your singleness today! And if you get lonely tonight when all is said and done and you sit wishing that you had a companion, like I might be…than know that I will be your Valentine…you don’t have to be anything but a friend (face to face or on the blogosphere) to be my Valentine!
Well, today is definitely a Monday! UGH
My morning started off waking up a few minutes late (as usual). My son decided he didn’t want to do anything this morning without voicing his displeasure and then poured on the tears over getting in trouble. Finally, we climbed in the car (5 minutes late) only to have him ask me a question that didn’t need asking. At this point, I was frustrated enough and yelled the answer at him. (Yes, I am an imperfect mom who sometimes really screws up). So, after tears, an apology for yelling and discussion about the way he should have gone about the morning, we set off to start our day.
Both of us are now trying to get to a good place and get back on track for the day. As we are driving, the sun starts to lighten the sky a little more and the clouds are abundant. My son begins saying the things he sees in the clouds; there’s a snake, an alligator, a crocodile with a fluffy hat, a pig eating a pig eating a (something or other)…I laugh at his silliness and try desperately to find a few shapes to come back with. My skills at this fun game are limited this morning…my brain won’t find a happy place as easily as my son’s today.
I get to work and start checking voicemail, emails, etc. In the midst of all of that, a problem that we have been trying
to fix for two weeks now comes back again. The solution we were told would work does not even come close. So, now we are trying to find another solution. I am fielding Reader Representative calls for an article that was in the Sunday paper that has people miffed. I’m trying to get some things done for my part-time job this week as well that they want done faster, even though I really can’t. And I’m in the middle of a class, that I love, but that is a little time-consuming. In all of this, I have to find time for me and time for me and my son. And then there are the worries about the finances right now and whether or not I will be able to do everything I need/want to do with my income tax check when it comes in. It’s a stressful day and as I type this, I feel the stress even more.
But I am desperately trying to just take this one thing/one step/one day at a time. I am trying to do something that my son reminded me of this morning….I am trying to see the shapes in the clouds…
You are the light of the world – like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see.
Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all.
Today’s reading from His Princess talks about being a light to the world. God stepped into our darkness, our pain, our suffering and gave us hope and grace, mercy, and Kingdom Authority and power. He did that because He loves us. But He also did that so that we would be a light in the darkness of others. I love this line from the book, “Don’t hide your light beneath your uncertainties and insecurities.” I cannot tell you how many times I have stayed away from being a light to someone because of what they might think of me or under the guise of, “I don’t want to push”. By letting God shine through us with the light that He gave us, we can help illuminate the dark places in this world and help bring healing to a lost and hurting soul.