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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What would David Do

Nobody welcomes trouble and hard times. But these difficult moments in our lives are more than just hardships we have to endure; they are the catalysts that propel forward, strengthen our resolves and can make us the kind of men and women other people want to follow.

Last night I had a great conversation with my teenage son. These moments are rare because, you know, I’m old and out of touch with reality, that is until some issue arises that needs a mom’s wisdom.

I am trying to help him handle a situation with grace and as I was giving my thoughts and advice last night, out of the blue, he said IT… to me! I could not believe it. I thought our relationship was different than other mother-son relationships.

I know it ALL. Doesn’t he know that? I know that.

But still he said it. And today his words are still echoing in my ears, “Mom, you just don’t understand.”

WOW! Me? I don’t understand?

I understand way better than he knows. You see, he’s never been 36, but I have been 17.

Right now he is living in the state of I’m-the-only-one-dealing-with-this.

Oh, Tyler is definitely not the first boy to go through the things he’s dealing with. But this is going to serve as another footer in the foundation of his life.

Difficult times are not fun, easy or even anticipated. But if we grow through them, they can serve us instead of master us.

I just finished reading What To Do on the Worst Day of Your Life, by Brian Zahnd, based on the tragic loss and then recovery at Ziklag. Throughout the entire book you see God’s hand in the life David and all of these moments would one day serve him well when he becomes King.

Although this story takes place 3000 years ago, the steps David took to recover all the enemy stole are the same steps we need to take today to overcome all of life’s daunting obstacles. David’s story is a timeless model for how to encounter God’s restorative power in the midst of deep tragedy.

Today I would love to encourage you to read this book and discover for yourselves what David did on the worst day of his life.

And because the Ignite Give-A-Way was so much fun, I would love to give one lucky lady, or gentleman, a copy of this book too. All you need to do is leave your name in the comment section and I will announce the winner in my next post.

Until then, to all the moms out there, I feel ya when your little darlings look at you and say, “Mom, you just don’t understand.”

Oh, and they will say IT.

Tina


11 comments:

Unreasonable Grace said...

Tina,
Please enter me for the giveaway - I do want to read that book!

And I feel and share your pain and frustration, Sista!
Kim

Jen said...

I'd love to read it :)
Jen

Anonymous said...

Michelle Thompson, Dundee, FL (Great word!)

Pat said...

I, like David, have had to encourage myself in the Lord too many times to count....God has always been faithful even in lonely times....

I would also love to read your giveaway book....

Thanks for the encouragment you give us with your blogs....we love it.....

The Joyster said...

Count me in on the giveaway been waiting for my chance before going out and buying the book

The Joyster said...

Count me in

Anonymous said...

Please enter me for the giveaway.

Joyce Wetherington said...

As Mothers, we hear those words so many times, and it just does something to you!!! Just keep giving them that Godly advice and praying for them. I, too, would love to read that book! Thanks for ALL you do, Tina!
Blessings~ Joyce~

Missy said...

Please enter me for the give away also.I would love to read that book. I also enjoying your blogs they are always encouraging and uplifting.

Thanks,
Melissa

Barbara said...

Please enter me in your giveaway, you know how I love to read. And I always enjoys your posts.

Lorrie said...

Tina, know too that one day you will hear "mom, how do you know eveything." until that day ... Anyway enter my name for the book. Love you, Lorrie