Is there something God has asked you to give up?
Last Sunday I had finished this post except a few changes here and there, and now it is 3:00 AM on Blog Hop Day at Proverbs31.Org, and it is not finished. Last Sunday my whole world changed. Our son called and said my daughter-in-law’s water had broken. We were overjoyed and as we waited for them to head to the hospital, I sit down to get two blogs finished and be prepared for what was ahead which I will share below after I share what I had written Sunday.
This was my “before blog” – before our first grandbaby.
I wonder what this world would look like if we, like our forefathers chose to live our lives obeying, honoring and loving our Lord! All of us make mistakes every day, but God wants us to live a life of “radical obedience”? What is radical obedience? I believe it is doing what He says even when it does not make sense. It is heeding His urging and his whispering to our hearts when it does not make sense. It means being different and not compromising even when your friends think it is stupid or not cool. It is doing things not in my comfort zone and trusting Him to provide the tools to do the job He has called me to do. Radical obedience is a response of love from you and I. It is something we can do to give our Father glory!
I did not know what radical obedience was until I read about it this week in What Happens When Women Say Yes To God by Lysa TerKeurst. Like her, I am obedient, I go to church, I read my Bible, go visit the sick, help the poor, support a Compassion child, lead a Facebook group in Proverbs31.Org Bible studies, teach special needs jr. high children and the list goes on. I have found though that the closer I get to God, the more He expects of me.
I wrote in another blog this week how God brought me to retirement. That was radical obedience. I mean forever I planned to give a year’s notice because my job was hard to fill and replace and our Commander had asked me to, but one day in November 2011 God spoke to me and I was putting in my papers with only a two-month notice thinking what am I doing. What am I going to do, how will we live? Oh yes, I said “Say What” or something similar, but I finished those papers that had been sitting in my computer for years since my friends had retired. That is radical obedience in order to honor my mother in her last days.
Radical obedience all year after that up until now and God continues speaking to me daily. Recently, I joined an in-between study on prayer. No I did not have time. I needed to unwind between our last study and this one, and there is always a gap study. I said nope I have to catch-up, I am tired, I want to just have some down time. SAY WHAT! REALLY! The Lord speaks and says Debbie, this one is on prayer. SAY WHAT Lord! OK Yes Lord I need to know everything I can about prayer. What happened out of this “radical obedience” I learned steps to sitting down and writing out scriptures to pray exactly how God would want me to pray for my family, especially my daughter those few weeks, but now after what happened this week God sent it to me just in time because I obeyed that urging. What a lesson, what a joy when we follow in radical obedience!
This was the rest of this blog after our first grand baby.
Now that’s as far as I got before we headed to the hospital. On Monday our precious little grandson Colt was born. Within an hour our overjoyed hearts were broken as they whisked him out of the hospital with an unknown condition that had harmed his precious tiny feet and we learned much later it was worse than that – a serious skin disease called EB. Our son asked us to go home and rest and we left the hospital and came home and showered and sit down and cried and looked at each other as God whispered we needed to go be with him. As tired as we were we got up in “radical obedience” and headed to the hospital almost 40 miles away to be with a hurting son and a sick grandson while his precious wife was left behind at another hospital with her family and friends.
As I look ahead to what the unknown is for Colt and my precious son and his wife, I cry tears and pray for a miracle. I will continue to trust in God as we do not know what the future holds for Colt and our kids, but our Lord knows and that is all that matters right now.
What will my future hold? I am not sure but I do know it is radical and life changing. I already know I will need to be available when my son goes back to work. God has already told me I am going to have to give up substitute teaching which I love with all my heart. But he put me there with special needs children to learn how to love my own grandson who now has a special need and that is having a grandmother there to love him, teach him about my Father, and care for him in special ways unknown to most of you if our miracle does not come.
I ask that you lift Colt and our family in prayers as you finish reading this post. I would also love for you to follow Colt’s progress – the simple things you take for granted like a tee tee, a precious little palm wrapped around your finger, a special food, a suck on a bottle, a rub which we can’t do, a snuggle which we can not do. I ask you stop and think about those mundane things with your children that to us are so precious. Thank your Heavenly Father and do not take those things for granted. As one of my precious group members shared today I am praying for snug-ability – the ability one day to be able to snuggle my grandson – a mundane thing to some – for me it will be a miracle from God!
Colt has his own page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pray-for-baby-Colt/350863471710362?ref=br_tf. I hope you will follow our kids daily postings and lift each of these needs in prayer. Today it is the sores in his little mouth.