Thursday, May 7, 2009

Stepping Stones of Life

Our walk with the LORD.

It is quite noteworthy for this devotion to use this photo as I pondered how to use this in a post. I did a devotion one summer at our church and wondered if I still had the notes. I prayed last night, if the LORD wanted me to post this... I would find it. I did, in an unlikely place...they literally fell into my hands when I opened a notebook not even pertaining to devotions.

With this, I pray that my words here are written as the LORD desires.

Each morning I go outside to enjoy the fresh air and hear the birds chirp, talk with the LORD and view these ever present "stepping stones".

My lovely daughter Aubrey, made these with her children to give me one Mother's Day. It it one of the most touching gifts I have ever received. Seeing the imprints of a hand, or the little keep-sakes they chose themselves to embed in the stepping stone for their "Nana" is precious to my heart.

Only a grandmother could appreciate of course! A plastic snake...a Lego...a bumblebee button.

When my grandchildren were here recently, the girls placed their hands over the imprints on their stepping stones...they had grown! The girls giggled...and the boys remembered making these and laughed at putting a plastic dinosaur in one!

They had forgotten their "thoughts" at the time of choosing these items. A choice, they made...years ago.

Have you forgotten a choice perhaps you made years ago, also?

To walk with the LORD...daily...step by step.

Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy GOD?

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

My summer devotion was on Growing Up...In the LORD.

Steps of growth as we walk in His ways.

Ask yourself as a Believer in Christ...where you are in your steps of growth? Are you growing healthy in the LORD?

I Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

they need pats on the back (comfort)...fed constantly...clothed

These are attributes of a new Christian's needs as it states...As newborn babes. The WORD of God as necessary food for proper growth...and clothed with humility. Of course every baby needs that little pat on the back for comfort...perhaps you know a new christian who needs encouraged in the right choices they are making.

Little Children:
Imitate others....need discipline...instruction...innocent and unaware of dangers... a hand in hand for comfort-secure.....learn to step at a time!

Oh how oft they need correction...and warnings of danger... the impressions/influences made by others that are so vital to their choices and that hand in theirs that makes them secure and safe.

Are you at this stage of you seem to need a lot of correction! or instruction on warnings about the world, the flesh and the devil! How 'bout being impressed by the wrong people...or the right..think about the choice and it's consequences. Again..perhaps their is a young Christian needing a friend's hand to let them know they have a true friend in Christ. Children stumble when they first start walking!

Grown Children:
Full of energy that needs to be properly channeled...selfish, envious of others, finding "self"...their value.

As a growing christian you need to find your value to the ministry...what can you do to channel your energy for the LORD. Think on things...of good report. Don't be self centered...envious. God has a purpose for your life and a talent all your own. Too many times we find people wanting someone Else's talent and they haven't realized that God has given them ...their very own!! Pray and ask the LORD to show you what you can do...maybe you are the person who has the time to PRAY when others are so busy...maybe you just need to be a helper! I sure needed them for my ladies luncheon! What a blessing these people were and their willing hearts. A blessing. Your talent..can be being a BLESSING to others! AMEN!

I Corinthians 12:4/18 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

Young adults:
learn personal responsibility...learn to love with develop virtues (choosing right).

Now is the time to take the full weight of your choices in life. Are you truly surrendered to God? Are you willing now to do the work of an follower of Christ? To labour in the field of souls? Can you now make sober minded decision about what you believe? Do you have your own convictions? and understand why you have them!

Birth "newborns"...feed others...nurture.

At this stage of life...after you've grown in knowledge of the LORD and His should be bringing forth fruit. Spiritual children...leading others to Christ...then feeding them what you have learned and nurturing them along as they "grow" up in the LORD.

Full of faith and strength of character...sober minded...realistic-relying not on dreams but the promises of God....see the Heavenly future.

As an aged Christian, you should set the example of longevity of faith...of strength in trials...testimony of God's promises fulfilled...and your peace of Heaven's home.

I recall some comments that my grandchildren have made over the years..

One in hearing the account of Adam and Eve's beginnings...told their dad about the morning devotion at dinner that night.

Eve came from Adam's WALLET!

My daughter had used the illustration of putting her hand in her side pocket to show the children how Eve came from Adam's side...exactly where daddy keeps his wallet!

So innocent...and yet...are you? a wife in submission to her husband or a husband to the LORD. How easily our flesh can misunderstand our place!

Then my granddaughter had taken a bath a bit too long..and said

"Now I have Grandma skin!"...

Does it bother you to age....GRACE abounds with aged..of faith!

One of my own children upon receiving his hamburger with the buns separated...proclaimed..

"They forgot my lid!"

Have you forgotten a vital part of growing in the your walk complete?

Oh and most of all this one...

When my little granddaughter has not seen her dad for quite a while..she asked her mom..

"Mommy, can I have a picture of daddy? I forgot what he looks like!"

Oh dear Christian...never take your eyes off the LORD! Remember to see HIM in His WORD daily...stay on the stepping stones he has laid and walk thereon!

II Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen

This is the day...I thank the LORD for my salvation and the many faithful Christians in my life who have helped me in my walk...step by step..year after year. I have now walked with the LORD for 36 years, and as "Pilgrim"...keeping my eyes on that light!


Pam--in Estonia said...

Oh, Hope, that was beautifully written. Thank you for such a thought-provoking post today!
And I LOVE the stones your grands made for you... just precious!

liz said...

Hope, what a great devotion! That was so wonderful to read this morning. I have bookmarked this post on my bloglines so I can come back and read it again.

I love the stepping stones too. I may just have to do something like that for my mom. I know she would love it!

Have a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day!

Under Southern Skies said...

Such a wonderful post, thanks for sharing! The stepping stones are cute!

Abounding Treasures said...

What an inspiring and challenging post, Hope!

I just love the stepping stones that your grandchildren made for you and that quote of your grand-daughter that said she had *Grandma skin* after a prolonged bath, brought a smile to my lips :o)


Beverly said...

Wow. This was such a blessing to read. What a precious gift from your grandchildren, and what a beautiful illustration in your devotional! Thank you.

Joy said...

Hello Hope! Thank you for leaving the wonderful comments on my blog! I just discovered the 'Gus Gazette' and I loved it! I left comments there. Will check out your other blogs ASAP.