Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I would like to say that there have been many people in my past that have been a blessing and a spiritual help. There were many encouragers along the way. My husband always says "You don't throw the baby away with the bath water" meaning don't toss out everything but carefully choose what was good and leave the bad behind.

A tenderhearted Christian can be vulnerable to someone else being their guide of what they should and shouldn't do because they want so badly to please God. A sinner who is looking for love and a release from sin can get saved and yet depend on another human or church family so much that they fail to get rooted and grounded in God. The aim of a mentor, pastor or church fellowship should be to encourage personal growth in God not create a person who is forever dependent on them and under their control.

Sometimes in order to follow God's leading we must "take a walk off the beaten path" and "take the road less traveled by." This does not mean we are heady and highminded, not accepting advice from anyone. It means we need to carefully seek God's will and learn to think for ourselves. I here insert a poem by Robert Frost. Have a blessed evening.

The Road not Taken
Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


  1. I have always loved that poem. You're right, it was not all bad, and I'm glad you mentioned that. Yet, we, being human, do get so caught up in things sometimes, we do not see the bad in them. Thank God for giving us another vantage point. I pray he will continue to do so in other areas of our lives.

  2. wise advice from your husband...

  3. Love that poem (except for the bad associations I have with it and my Upper 4th English teacher!)

    Happy New Year from 2009, and for whatever it may bring.

  4. Excellent, well-worded thoughts! I think most of us, whether we are (or were) the tender-hearted Christian or the mentor, pastor, or church fellowship have the best of intentions, yet as humans its so easy to slip a little way to the right or left and achieve that balance that God wants in our lives.

    I've enjoyed your last few posts. Thanks for allowing us to process with you and learn from the good and bad in your life.

  5. Mom-I've enjoyed catching up on your posts today. Lori takes after you when it comes to putting words down for others to understand. I've enjoyed reading about your "puzzle pieces". By the way...over the past couple of days, I finally have started reading your book lone to me "The Fulfilled Woman". Very good. Sorry I didn't start reading it sooner.