Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Learning to Follow

*Taken on Sunday at Niagara Falls, on a family outing.*

I am learning that God still has so much to teach me. And He typically chooses to use the people closest to us to teach us those things. Thanks you all for your comments, advice, encouragement on my last post. For those of you who were concerned, our marriage isn't "on the rocks" or on the brink of it's demise, but every marriage has it's own struggles and right now, this is something that we need to work through. Like I said God has a lot to teach me... Having an additional person in the family adds another dimension through which God can work to show me my weaknesses and I need to learn to let go. I like to control things... Basically everything. I was reading today in Luke 6, in the passage about looking at the speck in your brothers' eye, and it was just a reminder of how I do that. Reading on in the chapter I came to verse 49. "But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently: and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great." I thought to myself how similar I can be to that man who did nothing. I know I need to let Adam be the leader of this home (no matter how much it kills me) and yet I consistently want to hold the reins. So God is using my little boy to teach me to let my leader do the leading and to start letting him be the Father of that little boy. This is a two person job. Make that three, with the Lord as our true leader.

PS Thanks for all your prayers. Adam has really been a good boy these past couple days. ;) ;)


Martha said...

I do hope you are a faster learner than your mother.

Rachel said...

What a great picture of you two! So did you go to brunch at Mario's and then to Niagara Falls?

I didn't think your marriage was on the rocks, you are certainly right, we all have our challenges. We will be reading the "Love and Respect" book with our small group and watching the dvd's along with it in the fall. Uncle Dave and I have read it before, but I need to again, and it will be interesting to do with a group of close friends. I still have tons to learn.

Joy said...

Beth I read your first post and didn't comment because your mother had said what I would have said.

I think the greatest part for me as someone peeking in on a tiny slice of your life, is that you want to do what the Lord wants and you are teachable, eager to learn.

If it helps any to know, I am pushing 76 and still learning everyday from the Word.

clw said...

You would not believe how much your confession has matched my prayers for you!!!!!

Heather said...

Bethany Ann, I just read your other post and then this one, and I want to encourage you that although you may know yourself and that you like to have control....I see a young mother who is so teachable. I think that is a fabulous start. You are seeking to follow Adam more and your heart is tender toward being taught. You and Adam will figure it out little by little. We are just starting the Love and Respect book and enjoying what we are learning from that. I am praying for you and love you very much!

Martha said...

God used Love and Respect to change my heart. I highly recommend it.