Well, for the time being the puppy love drama fest has been put to rest. I don't know if I'm going to like raising a teenage daughter or not...it is definitely going to keep me on my toes. As it turns out there were a few people who knew more about the situation than we did....like I said I will have to be more on my toes. I explained what had happened to Mr. Puppy love's mother and after the service Wednesday evening at church we all sat down and had a talk about things, got everything out in the open and Troy and I made it very clear that Tae is just too young for this kind of thing to be going on. Both of the young ones know that there should never have been ANY communication going on behind the backs of the parents of either family. I don't think that there are any permanently wounded feelings and I know for a fact that Tae is feeling much relieved....the last two notes that she had written (which I intercepted) were telling Mr. Puppy love that though she cared a great deal for him she wanted to stop writing until they were older and knew what God's will for them was and that right now it was all just too confusing for her. I think she learned the hard way how important it is to wait on the Lord.
I was so glad that our pastor's wife led the ladies meeting tonight and talked about waiting on the Lord as an action. Our young people who struggle so hard with feeling like they need to do something need desperately to learn that waiting can be a verb! It doesn't have to be waiting like sitting still in the doctor's office until it is your turn....it can be waiting in preparation which is what we have been trying so hard to teach Tae. Now she can be learning to lean on the Lord and to do all of the things that are necessary to develop who she is to be as a woman, wife, mother and servant of our Lord and Saviour....if you think about it there is always preparation for anything that we set out to do or that we are called to do in service for the Lord and that preparation period is waiting.
Consider Psalm 27:13&14 "I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord : be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say on the Lord. "
Not only will waiting on the Lord (the right way, not the dr's office way) result in being better prepared to handle whatever comes our way, but it will also serve to discourage the deceivers who are waiting to derail God's plan for us by tricking us into NOT waiting on the Lord.
Ephesians 4:14 says "That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;"
We are even told what will happen if we out wait the evil.....
"Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it." Psalm 37:34
"Say not thou, I will recompense evil: but wait on the Lord, and He shall save thee."
I really enjoyed the teaching at the ladies meeting tonight, I think it was just what Tae needed to hear and also just what I needed to hear for me right now. Mrs. Hoyle quoted Isaiah 40:31 but I want to go back a few more verses to.....
Isaiah 40:28-31 "Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
I like our ladies meetings! Now I hope that Tae can go back to waiting to finish growing up and I can go back to waiting for so many things while we all wait on the Lord. God is so good to us!!! It just makes me so teary eyed sometimes to think that the Creator of the ends of the earth cares enough about me to make a plan for me and if I am patient and WAITING for Him then He will see it through! How many times a day do we mommies tell our little ones....'will you wait just a minute'...or 'wait a bit and I'll help'...or 'wait, I'm on my way'....yet we expect God to jump at our beck and call....hmmmm, I'll wait.
Thanks for a great lesson Mrs. Hoyle!