“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.” Psalm 18: 32 – 34 NIV
It is God…don’t you just love those first three words? It is God. It is God who arms me with the strength to raise my kids in this world. It is God who makes my way perfect when I don’t know how to make a decision. It is God…
Last week, there were some harsh feelings trying to plant themselves in the Cowell house. It was my youngest daughter’s birthday on Thursday. Madi is our sentimental one; the one who has very high ideals and expectations as well. It is very important to Madi to celebrate her birthday ON her birthday. End of story.
My middle child had an important occasion on Thursday, same day as Madi’s birthday. It couldn’t be move, couldn’t be repeated another time. Thursday was the only day.
Oh the words that were brewing; the thoughts that were swirling. I saw no way out. I feared it would be one of those horrible memories that would go down in Cowell history – Madi’s 14th birthday. I really saw no way out; no compromise where one person would not come out scarred.
On the second day of the “discussion” I was prepared to talk to Madi; to ask again if she would change the day we would celebrate. I feared she would read me wrong; feel manipulated. So before I headed out to car pool, Mariah and I prayed together. I asked Jesus to do what only He could do; make a way where I saw none.
As soon as Madi hopped in the car, she smiled, said she had a great day and then talked about her birthday. She suggested moving her celebration to the day before so Mariah could attend her event. I couldn’t hardly believe my ears! Completely shock over took me! I knew I had asked Jesus to answer the situation, but I was completely blown out of the water. I never said a word and He took care of it all.
Friend, do ever feel that with your child that you don’t have an answer? You don’t see the way that a bad situation could possibly turn good? He is God; He is more than able. Last week on a Proverbs 31 conference call, my friend Luann Prater reminded us that often our prayers are not answered because they are never actually said. So true, my friend, so true!