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Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones

Baby Caleb stretched his little legs, stepping carefully onto each stone leading to the door, troubled whenever his tiny foot slipped into the dirt. As I watched them, my thoughts drifted to the many Bible verses about pathways.

So without explaining, at separate times, I asked Jeremiah, John Daniel, and Emma Kathryn to walk from the driveway to the house. In their innocence, without distraction, all chose to walk the stones, a narrow pathway. I believe this is by God’s design.

The world is huge and dark, but boundaries establish a realm of focused direction and safety. And though children will test their limits, and ours, research indicates that they want boundaries and that they thrive when these are well managed. And as big people, when we stop and think about God’s specific instructions for our lives and the consequences when we, or others, overstep those boundaries, we recognize that obedience to His Commands results in our happiness and the happiness of others.

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So as we walk the stones of life carefully, recognizing that little feet, little hearts, and little minds Norris (2) 6-2-15 resized 2are following closely, let’s pray:

Father, please order our children’s steps according to Your Word. (Ps. 119:133)

May they always trust in You, not leaning on their own understanding,

acknowledging You in all their ways,

knowing that You will make their paths straight. (Prov. 3:5)

Whether they turn to the left or to the right,

may our children and grandchildren

hear Your Voice clearly speaking,

“This is the way, walk in it.” (Is. 30:21)

May Your Word be a lamp unto their feet

and a light unto their path. (Ps. 119:105)

Help us to clearly mark out a pathway that

daily leads our families more deeply into Your Presence and Will.

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“The Lord directs the steps of the godly.

He delights in every detail of their lives.”

Psalm 37:23 NLT

“Direct your children onto the right path,

and when they are older, they will not leave it.”

Proverbs 22:6 NLT

By: Connie Norris

Visit Connie at her website, My Home, a House of Prayer for All Nations at http://www.myhomeahouseofprayerforallnations.com. Connect with Connie on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/conniepn.

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