Maintaining a Teachable Spirit
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Being part of our grandchildren’s lives offers the opportunity for do-over moments. And we’ve learned that we can’t die on every hill of discord. We’ve learned to pick our battles and chosen to humble ourselves, bringing these problems to God before we mount a survival-of-the-fittest siege on our children. ’Cause we’re still learning to lean on God’s wisdom rather than our own.
As we move toward the end of the age and the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, as parents and grandparents, we must maintain a teachable spirit, always filtering everything through God’s Word and teaching our children to do the same. This world is full of deluding spirits, so we must learn to discern and only obey the Spirit of God. Our eternity and our children’s eternity depend on our teaching and our example.
That Alligator Alley night is as clear today as if it were yesterday. The danger was real. I might not have made it out alive, and that reality sobered my heart and mind to the inevitability of my eternal destination. God gives us His Word. He gave us His Son. He pledges His promises. God gives us the freedom of choice; but remember, we don’t get to choose consequences for our wrong behavior.
“Therefore, thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a costly stone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed…Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice. How blessed are all those who long for Him.” (Isaiah 28:16, Isaiah 30:18)
DiAne Gates writes for children, young adults, and non-fiction for adults through her blogs, http://dianegates.wordpress.com/and www.floridagirlturnedtexan.wordpress.com. She writes monthly articles for Christian online magazine, Crosswalk.com. The story Alligator Alley Angel mentioned in the above article can be found in HEAVENLY COMPANY, Entertaining Angels Unaware, available at Amazon.com. August of 2015, ROPED, DiAne’s award winning, first western adventure series released, and the second book, TWISTED, released by Pelican Book Group July 14, 2017. UNTIED, is her work in progress. Wife, mother, and Mimi, whose passion is to share those hard life lessons God allows to conform us to the image of His Son.
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