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Commandment #5

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Exodus 20:12
"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.

Hello guys and gals.
I wanted to get this blog in yesterday, but I had no time. I did however do a vlog that I had a hard time uploading, and I finally got it to upload today. Anyways, I have have a testimony. Well Wednesday night at church I was approached by a friend. He told me that he was going to be giving a message at a place called The Refuge, here in Dumas. It is a place where people, that have had problems with drugs, alcohol, and are homeless, can live for a time while they get on their feet. It is a Christian ran establishment. Anyways, my friend asked me if I would prepare some music and sing before he gave his message. I told him I would think about it and get back with him. Thursday morning, as you probably know, I had two teeth pulled. Well I told God, "If I wake up in the morning and I don't have any pain from my extractions, that I would go and play for my friend." Well guess what, I was pain free and I did go and sing some songs for them. I was a big step for me, because I always wanted God to use my musical talents for His kingdom. God is so good.

Now on to scripture. Honor your father and mother. I know there are times this is hard. As an adult I have found that I want to be treated a certain way, and when my mother doesn't respect me and my family, it gets hard to honor her. There are many other equations to this that make this commandment hard to follow. But I guess it is something that we need focus on. Our parents did the best they could with the hand they was dealt, and they still are. I now see how hard it can be, and know that there are times I am flying by the seat of my pants, lol. One thing we have to remember is that our parents are not perfect, like I grew up to believe.

Dear Heavenly Father I want to thank You for Your guidance and Your strength. Lord I ask that You would help me to remember that my mother is only human, and deserves honor simply because she is my mother. Lord please go with me each day and let me remember to put You first. In Jesus' name I pray Amen.
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    Well said NittinNana, I was actually thinking the same thing yesterday. We are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God. Our job as children of God is to pray for our parents no matter what they have done.
    1875 days ago
    WALLAHALLA - a good question, but God didn't put in an exception her, did He? I think maybe the best answer is to honor them by forgiving them. We don't know what neglect or abuse they might have suffered. Of course, that doesn't give them a free pass to abuse their children too, but it might shed light on why they were such poor parents. Remember Jesus from the cross saying, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
    1875 days ago
    Not all parents are honorable. How do abused and neglected children honor their parents?
    1876 days ago
  • JOANIE69
    emoticon We all had to learn that our parents aren't (in my case weren't) perfect, and neither are we as parents, and appreciate being forgiven and loved still - when we have been pains in the neck. Sometimes parents are even worse than a pain. Sometimes kids are the same, yet we love them anyway, too. Love is such a blessing and comes from our Father Who is love. Love covers a multitude of sins, and you are demonstrating it today.

    emoticon This is a great devotional, and I copied it to e mail to friends and family.

    God bless, Joanie
    1876 days ago
    Honoring our parents as they age is so important. Just taking the time to listen to them and to help when we can is important. I also have to set limits with my mother or she would use up all of my extra time. Thanks for sharing.
    1876 days ago
    i thought commandment #5 was 'thou shalt not kill'?

    as for honoring thy father and thy mother, sometimes they don't do the best with the hand they were dealt! my mother took revenge on me for the misdeeds of her mother... (i could kill her...)
    adam-and-eve syndrome!

    anyway, i think this goes far beyond your mere parents, i think this quote is referring to ancestors in general, for their efforts. like-- our founding fathers who left us with the second amendment.
    1877 days ago
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