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Topic: MAP (01/31/19)
TITLE: Let God be our Guide
By Tricia Draper
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“This way is faster,” he said. ‘Why do women think they are right all the time?’ he asked himself, as he rolled his eyes.
“Fine, let’s pray about it,” Gloria said. ‘Lord, please help show him I am right,’ she prayed to herself.
‘Lord, please tell her that I know what I’m doing!’ he said under his breath.
After that, the argument again resumed. They were yelling and words were flying around that should not have been said. There was a bumper sticker on the back of their car that said, “I love Jesus”. They were faithful to go to church every Sunday, but they were not living their lives committed to the Lord.
“Both of you are going about this the wrong way,” their fifteen-year-old daughter, Stephanie, said from the back seat. She was tired of them fighting all the time. “Have you guys ever stopped to ask which way God wants you to go? You always think your way is right, but without God, your map is useless.”
Her parents looked at her stunned. They didn’t think that she was really listening to them. A conviction came over them. Were they really that bad? Maybe Stephanie was right.
Edward and Gloria looked at each other in surprise. Gloria spoke up first. “Do you think we have been doing this all wrong?” she asked Edward. “Maybe we should take a moment to really pray. It seems like we have been trying to go our own way and not ask God where He wants us to go. How have we fallen so far?”
Edward pulled over to the side of the road. There were no other cars on the small country lane. “Stephanie, would you please pray with us; a real prayer this time?”
They all took hands as Edward opened his mouth to pray. “Heavenly Father, please forgive us for taking You for granted. We humbly ask that You would join us, not only on this trip, but also in our daily lives. Please be our map to get us through everyday life. We love You, Lord. Thank You. Amen.”
He looked at Gloria who had tears in her eyes. He knew things would not be easy to change overnight, but there was a genuine heart change in all of them.
Gloria turned to Stephanie and said, “I’m so sorry for what we have put you through. Please forgive us.”
“It is fine, Mom. I’m just glad we can all work together as a family. I love you both.”
“And we love you very much,” Gloria replied. “Families are wonderful gifts from God. When we trust in God, He will always lead and guide us.”
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