[Calvary Chapel] 2001-06-16 - Continuing to Learn Life's Lessons

Last week, I wrote a devotional concerning going through tough times with teenagers and about my issues of trusting God with both the teenagers and the circumstances.

Well, as you may have guessed, things have not gotten better; in fact, they have actually become a lot worse at least in terms of physical consequences for some of the "I want to make my own mistakes" actions by one of our children. I figure that spiritually I must be on to something....

Emotionally I am wiped out. But some of you so kindly wrote during the week to share that you, too, struggle with some of the same issues especially with teenagers.

Right now, I am clinging to the Word of God... There is nowhere else to go.

Lamentations 3:27-33 says: It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young. Let him sit alone in silence, for the LORD has laid it on him.

Let him bury his face in the dust--there may yet be hope. Let him offer his cheek to the one who would strike him. and let him be filled with disgrace. For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.

Several times, I have been reminded that God knows the "end from the beginning". God has a plan for the rebellious child. I can't always see it or understand it, but I have to trust Him that He does and that He goes through great lengths to bring a prodigal home.

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

In His Service,
Rick & Sandy

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