Finding Direction When I’m Off Course

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Does anyone beside me ever feel like they could use a GPS for navigating life?

Not that the Bible doesn’t fulfill it’s purpose in navigating us in the right direction but you must admit that a voice navigation Biblical GPS would be awesome.

It would talk you through to your destination turn by turn. And if when you run into detours or take a wrong turn, it would faithfully recalculate to get you back on course.

In my dreams…Right?!

While the Bible does not have a voice navigation that we can hear audibly, it does speak to our souls to provide clear direction and indication of times when we are off course.

I had been hearing and seeing some warnings that led me to believe that I may be off track in the way that I was parenting my children lately.

My son literally got caught with his hand in the cookie jar a few days ago and my daughter has been wrestling with self control. Neither issue is out of control but just seeing these two situations emerge one after the other caused me to examine myself and what I found was that I too have begun to slip or get off course do to speak.

I didn’t even realize it was happening since there was no audible voice navigation to tell me I had gotten off course.

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I hadn’t realized that I was reading and discussing the Bible with the children less and less. With them being in public school this year most of the mornings rushing around trying to get everyone out of the house on time and although we pray together each morning we haven’t been making sure that the children read their Bibles.

We encourage them to do it and explain to them that we read our first thing each morning, they have not yet developed the discipline and maturity to do it on their own. So it’s been hit and miss.

If I’d catch one of the children who was already dressed distracting another I’d tell then to read their Bible. Looking back, I can see how undisciplined and unintentional I was being in my role of walking them through the scripture.

I made a personal commitment to God to raise my children up in the admonition of the Lord and to teach them His word through study and through my actions but I have fallen short of that commitment. I’ve gotten off track and it’s time for me to get back on.

And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, to keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good? (Deuteronomy 10:12,13 KJV)

My biggest excuse for not reading the Bible with my children regularly was that there was no time. It was the same explanation my sixth grader had given for why he does not read his Bible daily like he used too. He too attributed the public school schedule to hogging up most of his day.

I couldn’t agree more but I also couldn’t demy the small changes I was seeing in their character and judgement. Time, or the lack thereof is not going to keep me from equipping them with what they’ll need to make sound God honoring decisions.

I felt like mornings would be tough to have family Bible reading and prayer time bur God revealed some areas where I was misusing my time in the evenings.

At around 7 PM I had claimed what was called my rest time. This was that hour after dinner chores, showers and the two youngest children’s bedtime. This was my time to go to my bedroom and rest. The funny thing is that as soon as I’d get comfy, I’d hear running, wrestling and my sons truck racing up and down the hall. Instead of resting I would end up frustrated about having to keep coming up stairs to tell them to cut it out.

When I prayed about our family Bible time the only time that kept popping into my head was 7:00. I seriously whined, “Lord, 7:00 PM? But, that’s my rest time.” He replied, “Who told you that you needed a 7:00 PM rest time?” I didn’t respond since the question was rhetorical and apparently God wasn’t on board with my rest time mumbo jumbo.

That very evening we pulled out our Bibles and spent an hour reading and talking about Gods word. After we prayed the kids shared with me how rejuvenated they felt by what we discussed and the prayers I spoke over them.

I was feeling them same way afterward. Instead of feeling drained, I felt excited and rejuvenated. It was better than what I could have achieved through my self declared rest time.

I’m so glad that my God knows what’s best for me. I’m so glad that He has equipped me with His Holy Spirit, my very own internal GPS, that directs my path and gets me back on track when I lose my way.

I know that I will get off track at times, but I can rest assured that God will allows help me find my way back to where I need to be.

Do you ever find yourself off track in life? If so, how do you get back on track?

Comments

  1. mindy coffey says

    That is a wonderful example you pointed out of how when we listen too God rather than going on our instinct towards our personal desires or wants, that the issue ends up having a much more pleasurable & uplifting outcome…like your 7:00 rest-time being swapped for Bible study time with your kids;everyone received a tremendous blessing!

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