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I just love my babies!  My youngest is no longer a newborn, but I am still up with him during the night a good bit.  He is so trusting and innocent.  He is dependent on me to meet all of his needs.  And he has no reluctance when it comes to letting me know that he needs something, either.  I was up with him early this morning, thinking about how we want so desperately for our children to grow up and become independent.  We spend their whole childhood preparing them for the day they will be on their own.  We see independence as a mark of maturity.  When you are outnumbered 6 to 1, you especially want them to learn to do things for themselves!  

After pondering this, I realized how very different the mark of maturity is in the kingdom of God.  We start out as baby Christians trying to follow Christ, yet wanting to do things our own way too.  Sometimes we think, “I can do this on my own, I won’t bother God with this need.” We even go through times when it never even enters our minds to consult God or include Him in our activities and/or decisions.  We try to solve our own problems, not crying out to Him until we exhaust ourselves with the effort.  This is not how God wants us to live.  He wants us to come to Him with everything! Proverbs 3:5-8 says:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.  It will be healing to your flesh and and refreshment to your bones.

In all your ways acknowledge Him!  Everything we have comes from God anyway, so why do we think we can do it on our own?  Praise the Lord, God gives grace in these moments too.  James 4:6-8 says

But He gives more grace.  Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

It is amazing to me that the God of the universe gives us soooo much! He is our Father, Creator, Savior, and so much more!   Acts 17:28:

for “In Him we live and move and have our being;” as even some of your own poets have said, “For we are indeed his offspring.”

So depend on Him for everything!  We are his children, and He loves to take care of us and be known by us!  Live your life always aware of His presence with you.  And He will never expect you to become independent so that He can deal with His other children!  His ratio is 1 to 1 with all of us individually!

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