Turning Towards Christ

On a sunny afternoon this summer, my daughter and I were playing outside.  She came and sat by me.  It was a wonderful close moment.  She however wanted to put a stick in her mouth.  I told her not to put the stick in her mouth a few times.  At one point I looked over at her and I saw her turning away from me.  She didn't want to do what I asked, and thought that I would not be able to see her put the stick in her mouth with her back towards me.

I had an 'aha' moment.

I have exactly the same parent-child relationship with God.  When he tells me to not put a stick in my mouth, I do the same thing my daughter did.  Most of the time I heed his advice and turn toward him, but sometimes I turn away and try to do it on my own.

Nothing good ever comes out my disobedience. He is loving and can kind; he sees the bigger picture and wants to keep me from harm. 

Psalm 119:33-36
33 Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees,
that I may follow it to the end.
34 Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law
and obey it with all my heart.
35 Direct me in the path of your commands,
for there I find delight.
36 Turn my heart toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.

I need to turn toward Christ, not away.  Turning towards him is where true joy and happiness is found

What about you, are you turning to Christ daily?  Or do you find yourself turning away?

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  1. Isn't it amazing how our kids are magnifying mirrors of our own sinful hearts. I'm thankful God continues to transform me through my four blessings. :)

    1. Shannon, it is amazing how much I have learned from my daughter. She continues to bless and enrich my life, God is so good to teach me through her!

  2. Oh yes, I have seem my children do the same thing, and yes, I know I have done it to God. It is just too painful to walk in disobedience though. I'd rather turn my face toward Him, and ask Him to help me do what He so wants me to do.

  3. Hi Leslie, I'm hopping over from Duane's Scribing The Journey.

    Love your "aha" moment. God is telling me to "apply my heart to instruction" and trust Him with the rest. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I have that same issue with Thomas...I told him just today he needed to obey mommy even when no one was looking. Somehow, I doubt the little 18 month old understood that, but one day...I need to take that lesson to heart too! We learn so much from the kiddos!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Mary Beth

  5. Oh no, you have pegged me.

    Your aha moment was something i do also.

    Thanks for linking this!

  6. Yes... we all do that, time and time again. I'm trying, after all these years, to not back down, turn off, and foolishly believe that He wouldn't see ... Duh!

    Good reminder.

  7. You were so wise with your daughter. What a good comparison to God's parenting.

    Thanks for linking up with Haven of Rest!!