The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.
The conversation goes something like this: "Mom, I have three new followers on Instagram".
I, in my best excited but decidedly wise voice respond,
"That's great honey, but is it that important for you to have a lot of followers?".
Suddenly, I am standing in the garden.
What was that I just said?
I feel the hand of God, gentle on my shoulder.
I am reminded of this conversation as I have just "not noticed"
that I have lost one follower on my Facebook page and gained one on GFC.
The voice in my head saying, "I will not look at these numbers,
I will not look at these numbers".
Seriously, I am doing better with the whole topic
I know the One whose approval matters.
Today I was just pondering how parenting is such a learning journey and faith stretcher.
I am amazed how God uses each of our roles in life to mold,
conform and transform us into His likeness.
I am challenged daily to consider my words, as children take everything at face value.
Sometimes my daughter will mention something I said when she was a toddler and we will laugh at the difference of what she thought I meant and the reality of what was said.
Sometimes in these Tween years my words hurt,
are misunderstood or outright ignored.
I am far from a perfect Christian parent.
I am learning as I go.
Sometimes it feels like a lonely pilgrimage.
Other times I am grateful for those who share an
encouraging word along the journey.
It makes it easier to let the ungracious, presumptuous "advice"
and comments of well meaning but insensitive others roll down the back,
instead of sinking into the heart and bones.
Parenting is not easy.
But, God himself stands by His own children.
He encourages and instructs. Lovingly and gently.
He gives grace.
Let's do likewise with our fellow sojourners.
I am thankful that when I am found naked,
He himself clothes me.
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
I delight greatly in the Lord;
my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.