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It’s Time For Some Chocolate and Flint

April 25, 2012

      So much for eating healthy; this was going to take cookies.  Forget the cookies, this definitely calls for chocolate!  My life has just changed.  In the blink of an eye, we have been rerouted and my emotions are on overload.  Yes, chocolate is in my future.

     In one week’s time, I went from having a junior in high school, planning on living at home and going to college locally, to deciding to graduate a year early; in one month to be exact, and traveling three states away to attend discipleship training school.   Within that week our whole  family has piled into the family van for a quick trip to Virginia. A whirlwind is a major understatement.

     Just one week ago I was grieving the removal of the childhood monuments from my yard.  Today I am on a journey to release my son.  Oh dear Mama, who can explain the pride, the joy and the deep ache.

     Nothing is coincidental.  Even the music that my son just grabbed as we walked out the door had great purpose; the sound track to the Prince of Egypt.  It had been years since I had listened to this incredible score by Hans Zimmer.  As the music began, my memories were thrust full screen into my mind.  Two little boys dressed as slaves with pillows slung over their backs reacting to the crack of the whip.  My two youngest sons loved to act out the opening song on this soundtrack; my little Israelite slaves.  Now the young men sat behind me; one on a destination for his future.

     Then came the words; “Deliver Us!”  Oh Jesus, our land needs to be delivered.  Our world needs to be delivered from darkness and sin.  So many people carry those heavy burdens and need to be set free.  Where oh where is their deliverance?  They live in our homes.  They are the very children we adore.  They are the precious angels we guide and protect. But just as Moses’ mother sent him adrift on the Nile to provide the deliverer, we too one day will be called upon to release our treasures for the freedom of others.

     Jesus knew where the road to Jerusalem led Him.  As He headed toward Jerusalem, He knew the death that lay before him.  For our sake, He did not turn away, he did not run.  Instead He set His face like flint toward the purpose for His life.

     Dear Parent, raise your child to fulfill their calling.  Help them find the purpose that God has for them.  Then when that day comes, it is you dear parent that will have to set your face like flint.  Your child may one day be a voice crying in the wilderness.  The sacrifice will be ours but we must make the sacrifice for the joy set before us.

     My son, my heart is breaking, but it is for you and the future salvation of others that I now take this journey. I hear the cry of those who ask to be delivered.  The very gift that is beyond precious to my soul may very well be the answer to their prayers.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Mom permalink
    April 25, 2012 3:25 pm

    I know this is difficult and the pain is real. Be strong…’ll make it….multiple hugs and prayers.

  2. Bobbi permalink
    April 25, 2012 4:03 pm

    *tears* I love you dear friend. May God comfort your heart as you are nearly shoved into this next phase of life. He’s a wonderful young man–as you well know. He is changing the world for the better.

    • Heather permalink
      April 25, 2012 5:48 pm

      You know how emotional I can be….(understatement). I had to read bits of this blog a little at a time. My heart goes out to you…..and I love you. You are probably going through such a mixture of emotions right now. There is no doubt in my mind that you are proud of your son and for the decision to go into ministry.
      I have been finding myself in these growing moments. God is preparing us for the next part of our journey as well. I am thankful that He has brought our paths together so we can be here for each other. Only He knows who/what we need for each season of our lives. His timing is always perfect.

  3. lilgurney permalink
    April 25, 2012 6:04 pm

    Debbie, thanks for sharing your heart. I so feel for you and am lifting you up in prayer. Love and hugs ~ Lil 🙂

  4. Jennifer permalink
    April 25, 2012 11:51 pm

    This has inspired me today. My children are too young to release as fully as you have, but as they are growing up I must let go more and more each day and allow Jesus to work out His plan for each of them.

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