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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Embrace that or walk away!!

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When words reach your ear you don't want to hear or you're not expecting to hear... how is it received?
Like me - you have a choice.  Embrace it or walk away.
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Yesterday afternoon - I was sitting with my Bible and pen in hand writing out truths of Scripture: this prompt word - embrace - on my mind!!  Immediately, Ecclesiastes, chapter three, came to mind.

You know that  - a time to embrace and a time to refrain....?

Well (I kid you not!)... just then... in walked my kiddo's having just gotten home from school. Right away I could sense my son was not a happy camper.  In fact, it was quite evident he wasn't just sad - he was aanngggrrryyy!!

Things started getting thrown and punched and, and whoa!!!!!!!!  Hold on a minute...

What happened within me was a temptation to add fuel to the fire and scream/demand him stop... but my angry tone would have only severely escalated the moment.

Without even realizing it - fully - I pulled my soon nine year old onto my lap.  All near 80 pounds of him.  And, we sat like that on our sofa, my arms around my son... I let him tell me what was going on, in between bitter tears and seething upset words...

 What had happened that had caused all of this to unfold?
Unfortunately, not a lot that I could gather...

Kids will be kids and I wonder if some of his reaction wasn't partially for show - to show his "tough side"... but all of Ecclesiastes came rushing in.

I had to show him!

Thankfully he had calmed enough to follow my lead over to the Word of God!  I told him I had just began to write out these verses and showed him my journal.  How ironic; how crazy, that I'd have this moment - so soon - to embrace this truth for myself and to help apply it then, for my son - young enough to understand.  He began reading aloud on his own...

There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

My son asked me how long to keep reading but, he just kept on... :)
His voice softening and slowing as he embraced Scripture to soothe his little soul.

"God will bring to judgement both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed. - verse 17.

I gently reminded him.
"Son, you and I have a choice in how we respond to what is handed our way on this path of life.  Our response(s) will either make or break a situation.   It's a choice we've all been given...

Embrace that or walk away.

I think he chose well.

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**linking with Finding the Grace Within | tuesday @ ten :: embrace

5 comments:

  1. Wow, a GOD moment for sure.. it reminds me also of this that I always say to my children and husband.. No matter the situation, this choice is yours on how to handle it.. but first you must think before you react.. Loved this Bevy, and hope all is better.. ps you are so thoughtful.. THANK YOU.. ALso, a tidbit, SNOWING here in Kentucky today with a possible of 6/18 inches of snow Friday thru Saturday.. thankfully hubby is off the weekend this week, so he can drive me to work.. keep warm

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    1. Ahhh!! We can't wait for some snow to finally come our way, as well...

      Aren't you glad for hubby's who drive us to work if (and when) we need them too. That was my story, once, as well. So grateful!! Stay safe and warm out there!!


      You're welcome, my friend... I think of you often!! :)

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  2. Oh wow, tearing up at these beautiful words and living illustration of God's grace!! This was just amazing Bevy!! And your photo is gorgeous!!!

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  3. I think those words were for me as well as your son. Hope you are hunkering down for that major snow storm we are expected to get. Was going to head out to Lancaster this weekend but I don't think that is going to happen now. I guess I'd better get my mind around embracing the snow.

    Thank you, Bevy, for this great story.

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  4. Thank you for sharing this important lesson and beautiful Scripture. I am learning to choose joy and, as came to me so clearly this morning, to choose life. I am walking away from troublesome situations and embracing wholesome ones. Thank you for the beautiful story: so many healing elements there, physical touch, a listening ear, conversation, life-giving Words, timeliness, acceptance, affirmation, guidance, accessibility, sensitivity, kindness, love.

    Peace of Christ to you,
    Honey Bee

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