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Asking and Receiving

James 4:2,  “You do not have, because you do not ask God.”

Trusting God to be there for us is easier said than done. Many times we don’t believe He is trustworthy. Maybe you are like me and, you have a lot to overcome in the trust dept.

I moved in with my dad when I was barely 17 years old after my mom had a major mother meltdown and decided she was done with parenting gig. I tried so hard to earn my mom’s love. I made A’s in school, cooked dinners, did laundry, cleaned the house. But she could always find something wrong and the acceptance and approval I was desperate for always eluded me.

Despite my best efforts, my mom she still threw me away. In the middle of my senior year in high school, when I was scheduled to graduate as salutatorian, Mama sent me to live with my Disneyland-dad, step-mom only met once, little sister I didn’t know I had.

In my new home, with my dad and step-mom, I was afraid to ask for anything—help, coat hangers, even food. I was skin and bones because I was afraid to ask for anything to eat. I don’t have to tell you that’s not the case any longer! He sad truth is that my new family would have gladly supplied those needs, but I didn’t have because I didn’t trust that I could get what I needed.

There is a story in Matthew 7 where Jesus is making a point. He was trying to explain to a group of people the all-encompassing favor God has for His children. To do that, He chose the most obvious example of unconditional love He had available—the parent–child relationship.

Matt 7:9–10 reads, “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?”

Maybe if you were there that day you would day, “Uhh, ME!” Because many of us feel like Charlie Brown from the TV special, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. As he was trick-or-treating with his friends, going from one door to the next, Lucy crowed, “I got candy.”

Linus beamed, “ I got gum.”

But Charlie Brown

moaned, “I got a rock!” With each new door they knocked on, the outcome was the same.

The other kids got candy or gum, but over and over again, Charlie Brown just got a rock.

God set the human family in place so that parents could pave the way for their children to understand the relationship of unconditional love and acceptance he has too offer them. Yet parents who are difficult, demanding, unaccepting, or unsupportive train their children to feel like Charlie Brown when he muttered, “I got a rock.”

God expects our parents to love us. When they choose not to or they aren’t able to,

He is as disappointed as we are. However (and there is always a “divine however”), God

can take that rock that we’ve been given and polish it into a precious diamond—if we let

him. When we let him do that, his power transforms us.

He did that in my life, and He will do it for you if you let Him. I

If you have difficulty letting Him, please spend a workshop weekend with Bruce and me and allow us to help you work through your hurts so that you can draw close to the Lord.

Healing the Hurts that Are Holding You Back Workshop For Men and Women
You can register now~

At Sierra Pines Church
When: Friday, June 27, 7:00 pm—9:00pm
Saturday, June 28, 9:00 am—3:30 pm
Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be provided on Saturday.
Where: Sierra Pines Church Northwest Campus in Oakhurst, CA (Take the driveway next to the church on the same side of the street)

The Workshop is limited to no more than 17 people, so register while there is still space available. Cost: $149 per person. If you need a place to stay, there are a few newly remodeled bed and breakfast rooms available on site for an additional $49 per night.

To register call Linda at 559-683-2882 ext. 21. It could make a difference in you for the rest of your life.

 

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