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Friday, February 10, 2012

The Unbeaten Path

Life is filled with bumpy roads. I just hit a huge crater recently. I have two teenage boys... need I say more? My oldest son is like a big jack hammer. He creates BIG holes in the road. He doesn't mean to. He just does. So... I have to keep driving. No matter what! Drive past the gigantic holes that my son makes as he jackhammers away in his life, in my life and in our lives as a family.

I love my kids with all of my heart, but boy is it difficult being a good parent in today's world. I know... there is nothing new under the sun, but I have to tell you it looks to me like a whole new world out there these days then the world I knew as a teenager. The inter net is wonderful, but it opens doors of opportunities that I would rather my two boys not have the key to open.

My kids are really good kids, but they are not perfect. They make mistakes. They make holes in the road, making your journey as a parent more challenging. There are moments in my day where I just want to throw in the towel because it seems I will never get past the craters that they create. Then God comes in like a flood and assures me I am well equipped to get by. There is a old dirty, bumpy and winding side road I can take as a detour and I will reach my final destination. Sure... there may be a delay in me getting there. But, I WILL GET THERE!

I am trying to enjoy the scenery along the way with each unbeaten path I have to take. I am amazed at the wonderful things I am able to see, that I might not have seen have I taken the freeway the whole way. Life is full of surprises that way.

"Adversity is the first path to truth."
Lord Byron

This quote says it well. Adversity causes us to find truth. When we have to face something difficult we finally discover, surprisingly discover:

"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
Psalm 73:26

...Even on the unbeaten path!


BARBIE said...

Oh I've been down that road with my oldest two children. Painful and trying times, but they have come out beautifully! I want to encourage you. You are a good mama. Our children make choices that they must learn consequences from. You are not responsible. You continue to love, lead and guide. They will figure this thing called life out!

BARBIE said...

Oh and thank you for putting my blog button on your sidebar. I have a new one if you want to grab it!

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