speaking some more about one of the things johnny piper mentioned that we should do as parents (and you know whatever j.p. says is on my to-do list)... “lavishing them with joyful participation in their interests”. which might be my mantra for this summer. the summer of 2011, the summer of lavishing.
this boy has been joyfully participating in one of his interests for the last week. his rock climbing interest. he went with a small group of older boy scouts on a rock climbing campout week. we haven’t heard a word. which means he must still be alive (that is what i am choosing to believe that it means). we will pick him up in north carolina on saturday then head to our cousins’ mountain house, wash his clothes, repack him, and deliver he and his sisters to summer camp on sunday morning. he will be at ridgecrest. the girls at crestridge. they all LOVE their time at summer camp. and we LOVE the quiet house for 12 days.
and if this wasn’t already deemed the summer of lavishing i might rename it the summer i learned to be quiet(er). God has really been showing me how to patiently wait for things. how to linger in prayer. how to be content in the moment and not rush ahead with anxiety about the future. these two verses were in my Bible study this week...
For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel,
“In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”
Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you,
and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.
For the LORD is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for him.
"The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent."
quietness, trust, silence. not usually words that describe my faith journey. but God is always doing new things.