PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Today is my son’s 21st birthday.
Once upon a time, during what I call “The Invasion of the Body Snatcher Years,” I foolishly thought that I’d stop worrying about him once he was an adult.
I now laugh at the idiocy of that naive thought…
I worry more than ever.
At this point, it’s a daily surrender to God.
Because as much as I love him, I know God loves him more.
My son has always marched to his own drumbeat, but I miss the days when I could strap him in a car seat or put him in a playpen and make sure he was safe.
Not that a car seat or playpen ever stopped him.
He was known to climb out of them…
But I digress…
Today, we’re talking about Romans 15:5, which says, “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had…”
I love this.
We often quote about God giving us strength (Philippians 4:13) and wisdom (James 1:5).
But I love this verse about God giving us endurance and encouragement.
For me, as I reflect on my years of motherhood, I thought the race ended at 18.
I knew my relationship with my son would continue, obviously, but I had in mind that my role would switch.
But as a mother with control-freak tendencies, I should have seen the writing on the wall.
I had in mind a finish line, while God was probably sitting back laughing and thinking, “Oh no, Denise… you crazy girl, you’re just getting started.”
But no matter what the situation we face, He gives us what we need.
Many misquote Scripture and say God won’t give us anything we can’t handle, but He does exactly that.
He does it so we will turn to Him because with Him, we endure.
With Him, we grow stronger.
With Him, the impossible becomes possible.
And He sets the example for us so that we too can encourage one another.
So that we can share experiences and empathize with one another.
So that we can experience God’s kindness and grace together.
As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are called to love one another as Jesus loves…
And encourage one another.
Whether it’s encouragement through the various phases of parenthood, encouragement through important decisions, or encouragement in marriage or singlehood.
Today, as you pray, thank God for both His gifts of endurance and encouragement.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you extend the same to others, and to remind you often to lean on God in all circumstances.