Tea Party Tidbits #9 – Got Hope?

Tea Party Tidbits 9 - Got Hope by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

My husband warned our kids at lunch today they were doing a terrible job listening. That this was a bad habit gone worse. That if they didn’t correct themselves ASAP and demonstrate they understood what they were supposed to be doing – namely, obeying the first time – that Daddy would be enforcing the good choices they weren’t making.

I trembled. Because I heard God saying those same things to me. Because I’ve balked and stumbled trying to follow God lately. And because the heart of the matter is that I’m afraid to follow at God’s pace. “It’s too fast! I’m going to fall! People are going to laugh. I’m going to look like a fool.” That’s what goes through my mind.

And then I remember that fear is sin because its focus is self, not God. Am I even listening to what God’s trying to teach me? Wrong question to ask. (Obvious answer, anyway.)

Right question to ask: what part of God do I need to cling to?

There’s a verse, this week’s tidbit, I see twice every morning – it’s on my bathroom wall and in a frame near the bathtub. (Because I clearly need repetition!) As I put my contacts in and blink at the mirror, it slowly comes into focus. I can let go, I can be buoyant even on turbulent waters because He’s anchored my soul in Him. He is faithful. He has the unchanging nature. Jesus is the real and only hero of my story. So I guess it’s time to, as the salsa commercial says – pick up the pace!

I can have hope even when I stumble because of Him. God, help me focus upward so I can move onward.

Tea Party Tidbits 9 - Got Hope by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

10 thoughts on “Tea Party Tidbits #9 – Got Hope?

  1. Amen, girl. As long as there’s life, there’s hope. And guess who said “I am the life”? The one who’s holding you and me! I just love this! As He leads us in these uncertain waters, we have to cling closer to our Lifepreserver. And the things we feared don’t end up being the things that happen! And He handles the things that do happen, so it’s all good. How I’ve loved this past year of sharpening off you, my friend! Keep it up. Thanks so much for writing! πŸ™‚

    1. Sister, thank you! It’s an honor to know you. Love how you said that about our Life preserver. Iron sharpening iron! As we sail uncharted seas, I’m glad we can do it together!

  2. Yes, but His Grace is so immense! As a parent, did you get upset when your children stumble as they learned to walk? I sincerely believe that is how God sees us. Just my humble impression. We can still strive to be and do our best. But in God’s eyes, we are always enough.

    And yes, as a child learning to walk, He smiles as we reach out to cling to Him.

    That said, I loved your article. Well written!

    1. Maureen, your response reminded me of the way a dear friend talks to me. I knew I liked you! And you’re totally right. This whole loving yourself and seeing yourself as God does business is quite a process, isn’t it? So grateful to have your company on the journey!

  3. “Right question to ask: what part of God do I need to cling to? ” Love this reminder!

    Try to get these thoughts out of your head… β€œIt’s too fast! I’m going to fall! People are going to laugh. I’m going to look like a fool.” What would you tell your children if they said these words to you? Give THOSE words to yourself. If you are following God you can’t go wrong. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Riley! Your advice is spot on. I’ve thought about your question. I’d tell my kids they’re not being set up to fail, but to succeed. And any crashes along the way are so they can learn and improve – NOT proof they should quit. Riley, you’re such an encouragement to my heart! Hugs!

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