As a parent  one of the most difficult trials is waiting for a child to reach certain levels of understanding about compassion, consideration, judgment and discernment of life. We ask ourselves; “When will they ever learn?” I remember the first time I pondered this experience and almost immediately the Spirit within me asked; “How do you think I feel?” Maturity of the Spirit doesn’t happen overnight and sometimes along the way we forget who we are as children of God. Yet, in the same way that a parent waits with hope and encouragement for a child to come into her own, how much more will God wait for us?

Our steps are made firm by the Lord,
   when he delights in our way;
though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong,
   for the Lord holds us by the hand.

I have been young, and now am old,
   yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
   or their children begging bread.
They are ever giving liberally and lending,
   and their children become a blessing.    Psalm 37:23-26

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