I feel a little stumped emotionally too. Struggles with life especially teens, is taking its toll. I’m not good at handling the fact that my children are coming to the age where they refuse all my opinions and values… internet use, education, dating, chores and even religion. I think rejection of religion is the hardest for me. I’m just not sure where they get these ideas that go against everything we have every taught. The stress is nearly over whelming.
At any rate, finding this scripture is helping me put it all into perspective”
“For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness. For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall. As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him. (2 Samuel 22:29-31).”
I love this!
The Lord is my lamp. He light the way to true and lasting happiness. He lights circumstances and brings things into perspective. Light always wins. Darkness doesn’t have a chance.
I have a confession to make; I am seeking to be a super hero. As a kid I saw TV shows like Wonder Woman and I loved seeing Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman defeat the bad guys. My favorite part was always when she would transform from humble Diana Prince to Wonder Woman by removing her glasses and spinning around. Her transformation was instant. Wouldn’t it be cool if I could turn into Celestial Girl every time I took off my glasses and spun in a circle? Not happening though. Taking off my glasses happens uneventfully hundreds of times of day and spinning in circles only makes me through up.
Would it be cool if “down sizing” was like that? All you would have to do is spin around, God would zap you, and all of the fat cells would disappear. But it doesn’t happen that way… not with weight… not with Celestial Girl. Instead God gives you the endurance to run against troops and leap over walls. That’s what King David discovered.
David wrote this scripture after God delivered him from King Saul, who had been trying to kill him for years. (Almost sounds like parenting the teen years). Even though David had defeated Goliath and God had anointed him King over Israel, he still had to fight battles before he could claim what was his.
Rats… these teen years are going to be long!
A strong, healthy body is mine. But I will have to fight for it. Scripture tells me that I do not fight against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers (Ephesians 6:12).
God has and will strengthen me with the endurance to run against troops, like my habits of the past. The way I can run with endurance is by giving myself a vision of what I am running toward, keeping a clear picture of my future healthy self in my mind’s eye at all times.
God has given me the ability to leap over walls, like my fears and limiting beliefs. Like emotional turmoil. Like food allergies.
I have had to leap over a fear or two by recognizing that every person is responsible for him or herself. I have had to become a good steward of the body God entrusted to me. I am not released from this responsibility… to God, to myself, and to my kids. The best thing I could do for them is to strive to be a good example and demonstrate that there is a better way to live.
Today, I recommit to recognizing that I have extraordinary abilities in God through Christ. Today I recommit to increasing my faith by receive God’s blessings and using them in my daily decisions. I may not be Wonder Woman (or Superman), but I will get to Celestial Girl one choice at a time… all in due season!