Friday, July 8, 2011

There are times in life where we are reminded how fortunate we are to have children in our lives. Today is one of those days when I was a reading in the Psalms and came across this Psalms written by Solomon. “Unless the lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves. Children are a heritage from the lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.” (Psalm 127:1-5 NIV)

Solomon in this passage is talking about building and maintaining. Building a house. Watching over a city. That’s what we do when we are working with our children. Helping them grow and making sure that they are cared for and are secure. If the Lord is not involved in the process, Solomon says that both building and maintaining family structures are all for not. I have found too many times that when I set out on my own course I get bogged down and begin to run in vain. It’s only when I plug into His plan and seek His direction that things run much smoother. The key in building a house that is strong and secure is recognizing where our children come from and seeking direction from the true source of healthy and fulfilling family structures–GOD.

Today I am truly blessed with such wonderful children who give me such great joy as they are walking in God’s truth. I am truly blessed as Solomon says.

On this journey, God will bring children into your life to carry the torch into the next generation.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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