Passionate Pursuit {day 27}: Growing Up

IMG_0377When our child is a baby, we can’t get enough of him. All is new, fascinating. There aren’t enough hours in the day to absorb the preciousness.

Fascination comes with every year. His words, physical development, reasoning, personality, abilities and interests and decision-making.  We spend time together. Wanting to know him… to understand him.

Our child is doing the same. Getting to know us. What our words, tones and facial expressions mean. What makes us happy, sad, mad… What we like to do when we’re with him.

We learn from each other and through one another. Sharing joys, pain, trial and fun.

As our kids approach adulthood, they begin to connect childhood experiences with how they know us now. Understanding (not necessarily agreement) about some of our parenting becomes clear. Thankfully (whew!) God has been involved in this all along, adding grace to each child’s heart…the way He poured it into ours as we raised them.

IMG_0376Our children are in their twenties now. Still, I find these things to be true.
Fascination comes with every year.
Our children continue to grow and develop… and so do I.

Spending time together, in person or long distance, I continue to learn about them as they grow…And they continue to learn about me as I grow.

Prayerfully, we pursue growth – for our children and our self.
Expectantly, we engage with our children, celebrating their lives.
Faithfully, we press into our God, Who grows us…as we walk with Him.

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” (Ephesians 4.15-16)

Passionate Pursuit {day 26}: The Surpassing Worth

DSC01950I know who she is… she works at the school and has 2 little boys.
I know her… she’s dependable.

We know the difference between knowing about someone and truly knowing the person.

For instance, we know about our child – hair color, height and weight, current abilities and activities. The facts. But to truly know her or him, spending time together is key. Intentional, focused time. This is the only way to experience who she is. To discover her character. To learn how to engage with her in every circumstance and conversation. Getting to know her takes from our time. Time whose purpose we determine daily. Yet our gain is incalculable really. How do we measure the value of intimacy? God-ordained, heart-enriching, relationship-transforming intimacy. The truth is we’ll be discovering who she is for all her life and ours. Well, that is, if we pursue this. To continue to know her.

DSC01951This series, Passionate Pursuit, points to the most important.  Knowing God.
Experiencing who He is, discovering His character, practicing engaging with Him in every circumstance and taking time to know Him through His Word.

Jesus said to God, “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17.3)

…that they know you…

“Indeed, I (Paul) count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” (Philippians 3.8a)

The worth of knowing God…
security, peace, wisdom, discernment, courage, encouragement,value, vision, hope, love… and guidance for how to have that beautifully intimate, God-ordained relationship with our child.

Holy God,
Give me the courage and grace to step in and draw near to You. Show me the way to know You more. Thank you that You remain near, always. Amen.

Passionate Pursuit {day 25}: Getting Answers

IMG_0617I.DON’T.KNOW.WHAT.TO.DO….

We whisper, whimper, cry or scream these words from time to time. Exasperated, discouraged, afraid, fretting, worn down, or stressed out.

IMG_0652We’re not supposed to have all the answers – or even a lot of the them.
Every answer we need, God has.

We’re not gonna know the best thing to do – in lots of circumstances.
God leads… and only asks that we follow.

Perfect words don’t reside on our lips for our countless conversations.
God knows every thought of every person before the first syllable is uttered.

Events will occur that we can’t anticipate.
God is never surprised.

Still, it’s easy for me to step back in to a familiar groove of rehashing or fretting over something. Wasting hours and losing sleep. Applying prayer like an ingredient to get what I want – an answer. Direction for my circumstance. A yes or no.

IMG_0685Often God’s answer is Himself. And we don’t know what to do with this.
He presents Himself. Already knowing the degree to which we know Him, He invites us to engage, abide and know Him more. This is most important to Him.
Worship. Praise. Thanks. Repentance. Surrender.
It’s hard to do because we want concrete answers, results, obvious forward movement.
He wants our heart – and to tend it. Pouring in love, comfort, healing and wisdom.

“Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! 
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.” (Psalm 27.7-8)