We Are Grounded

We Are Grounded

Were you ever grounded as a teenager?  Can you recall what you did that made your parent or parents take such a drastic measure as to confine you to your house or, worse, to your bedroom?

Whatever the specific infraction at the time, the overall offense was this:

Your actions and/or words were (likely) self-serving and involved what you viewed as your rights as an individual. In the end, you were tempted to go off and do something that did not benefit your family, but benefited what YOU wanted.  What you wanted, your rights, your friends, or your goals became more important to you than anything else.  You violated your family’s harmony.

I’d like to propose that we’ve all been grounded.  This may look like a virus pandemic, but in essence we’ve been given time to think, reflect, and maybe even repent.  We’ve been sent to our rooms because we, the children of God, have violated our human family’s harmony as designed by God, the Father of us all.

What can we do?  I’m not God but I’m a mom and, at one time, a rebellious daughter.  Here are a few ideas.  See what resonates with our souls:

  • Confess my own rebellion to God my Father
  • Ask God to forgive me for causing disharmony in His home, His world
  • Ask God to forgive me for hurting my parents, brother, sister, or child
  • Receive our Father’s love
  • Tell God it’s OK if He wants to have a “big talk” with us about our life
  • Call a family member and ask if you can pray together
  • Call a family member and ask forgiveness
  • Turn off the “need to know” news and open the Bible—Ephesians 6 maybe
  • Take a good look at the cross—God went this far to restore me to His family

We are worth EVERYTHING to our Father in Heaven.  He will do ANYTHING to get us back in harmony with Him and with our family.

Jesus carries cross

For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.                                                                         That whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting LIFE.  John 3:16



About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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3 Responses to We Are Grounded

  1. Beautifully said, sweet Hope! Thank you for this right-on perspective!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Julie Walker says:

    Dear Hope,

    I know it’s been a long time since we’ve connected or communicated. I’m thankful for how you share about what the Lord is speaking to you. As I read your latest blog, I’ve reflected on the why’s and how’s of the Lord “grounding” His people. On March 1st, I spoke at our ladies retreat on “How Jesus Multiplies His Message to the Nations” from the story of the five loaves and two fish. Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all nations and there are still over three billion people who are unreached with the gospel. Collectively as the body of Christ, we have not been about our Father’s business. God is using our current crisis to spread the gospel to the nations. As God’s people have been praying for revival, could He be using the corona virus as part of His answer to revive His people to make disciples of all nations?

    Julie Walker

    Sent from my iPad



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