As a girl, I always wanted to be older than my actual age. And now, I long to be more spiritually grown-up than I am. I look at friends of mine who seem downright holy, and I wonder if I’ll ever get my act together. Will I ever have self-control? Will I ever stop caring what others think of me? Will I ever grow bold in my witness for Christ?
Sixth grade was the year I became self-aware; that is to say, sixth grade was the year I became aware that I was a self-centered, obnoxious jerk of a human being. It had taken twelve years for me to grow this full of myself; I was not a nice person. I know this for at least two reasons. . .
In spite of our conditioning toward instant gratification, most of the best things in life still take a lot of time. It takes time to grow a friendship, to learn a new skill, or to change from a girl into a woman. It also takes time to grow in wisdom and in your walk with Christ. There is no app that will instantly turn you into a woman who knows God’s Word!
Most of us know the story of how an angel appeared to Mary and told her she had been chosen out of all the women in the world to give birth to the Son of God. That’s heavy news. And we probably know that she responded obediently. But have you ever noticed what Mary did right after the angel left her?
The five years leading up to my son’s diagnosis left me feeling like an absolute failure as a mother. I had beautiful child, but I couldn’t control him, calm him down, or even understand his needs most of the time. As hard as those years were and as some days still are, I now see that Jacob’s differences are a gift from God to our family.
Sin is a snare, a trap. Once you step in it and it clamps shut, you can’t remove it. But Jesus isn’t helpless against it. And He isn’t surprised that you’ve fallen prey to the enemy’s lies or to the temptation of your own flesh. You are still precious to Him. If you’ve fallen into sexual sin or are considering that temptation, here’s what I’d like for you to do. . .