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HOW CAN I RELEASE MY FAMILY TO GOD?

How Can I Release my Family to God?

by Stephanie Nickel

Above the Clouds

Above the Clouds

When sharing at the Lord’s Table with my church family, my pastor referred to God, “the Father giving us His Son”. Now, that is very familiar to any Christian, but because my heart was heavy for my children:

it was good to be reminded that God knows what it’s like to be a parent “surrendering” His child. Tweet this.

In my heart, I released my worries – and my three adult children – to Him, and He lifted me up as only He can.

Above the Clouds

Above the clouds, my heart can soar
The pain has gone
It is no more.

The clenching fist that held it tight
Released its hold
It has no might.

For my kids I was weighed down
Hurt and worry
All around.

The sky has cleared and joy has come
They are His

It’s settled, done.

For I’ve released them to His care
Thus escaping
That great snare…
That held me down, that held be back
That left me open
To attack.

But God is on His throne above
The God of mercy
Peace and love.

This God I worship and adore
First place given
Evermore.

I love my kids so very much
I love their smiles
I love their touch.

But now they have their rightful place
God, they’re yours
O Lord of grace.

You shall have no other gods before me (Exodus 20:3 NIV).

 

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Stephanie Nickel

Stephanie is a wife of over 30 years and has three grown children. She is eclectically interested, to say the least. Among her current pursuits are freelance editing and writing; filling in for her church administrator, who is currently on maternity leave; serving expectant moms as a labour doula; and working toward her Pregnancy Fitness Educator certification. The book she co-authored with Paralympian Deb Willows’ is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2013. Stephanie is a member of The Word Guild and works on Write! On, the news bulletin for guild members. She also posts regularly to TWG’s Facebook faces. To read more of her writing, visit Steph Nickel’s Eclectic Interests.

WINGS AND WEIGHTS

Wings and Weights

by Stephanie Nickel

We love to spend time with certain people because they lift our spirits just by being in the same room. They give us wings.

And then there are others. Sometimes through no fault of their own, they weigh us down, piling heavy loads on our shoulders.

However, what would happen if we asked the Lord to teach us the benefit of being weighed down?

How should we pray when we’re soaring high? How should we pray when we are feeling earthbound?

Some people
Give us


Wings.

Others give us


Weights.

I prefer wings

However
I risk flying
High above
People and their problems
If I only use
My wings.

 If I don’t allow the weight
To preoccupy
But simply keep me
On Terra Firma
I can look around
See my fellow weight-bearers
Empathize

And perhaps
Help them become
Power lifters.

Hurray
For wings
And weights.

“…clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other…And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” (Colossians 3:12-14 NIV)

Stephanie Nickel

Stephanie is a wife of over 28 years and has three grown children. She is eclectically interested, to say the least. Among her current pursuits are co-authoring Deb Willows’ autobiography; freelance editing; and keeping up with a number of blogs. Stephanie is a member of The Word Guild and works on “Write! On,” the news bulletin for guild members. To read more of her poetry, visit Steph Nickel’s Eclectic Interests.

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

Pray Without Ceasing

by Stephanie Nickel

First Thessalonians 5:16-18 says:

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (ESV).

I’m sure you’ve heard it said many times that unbelievers take full credit when things are going well in their lives, but blame God when they don’t. Before we’re too hard on them, we should examine ourselves.

I’ve been a believer since I was a child. I’m familiar with many verses such as the ones above. However, familiarity isn’t the same as putting them into practice.

You may find this strange, but unlike many people who call out to God when they’re confronted by life’s challenges and neglect Him at other times, I’m the opposite. Oh, I know I should commune with the Lord when I am personally facing challenges or when I hear of others who are. Don’t get me wrong, I do offer up one-liners, but that really isn’t what God had in mind, I’m sure. I know prayer truly does make a difference, and I must do better in this area.

On the other side of the coin, when things are going well, I do remember to thank Him – most of the time anyway. Unexpected blessings are so amazing – and a very good reason to remember the Source of these blessings.

This past Christmas would have been the first we didn’t share with my middle son. Because he’s graduating in the spring, we thought the $700 it would take to fly him home would be best spent by going out to his graduation. In November I got a mind-blowing message from him. The college offered to fly him home for the holidays. Every time I think about it, it fills my heart with thankfulness. I knew when we packed him off to Saskatchewan he was going from one family to another. I just didn’t realize how true that was. (Thank you to those at Nipawin Bible College who made it possible. You will have this mother’s gratitude for ever and always.)

What about you? When does prayer bubble up and overflow? When you receive and unexpected blessing? When you look around and recognize those day-to-day blessings that often go unnoticed? When you’re faced with a challenge or a heartache?

The Lord laid on my heart that 2012 is to be my personal  Year of No Excuses. Prayer is one area in which I really must take this challenge seriously. Together, let’s focus on “praying without ceasing” – no matter what.

Stephanie Nickel

Stephanie is a wife of over 28 years and has three grown children. She is eclectically interested, to say the least. Among her current pursuits are co-authoring Deb Willows’ autobiography; freelance editing; and keeping up with a number of blogs. Stephanie is a member of The Word Guild and works on “Write! On,” the news bulletin for guild members. To read more of her poetry, visit her blog.

 

A SIMPLE PRAYER

A Simple Prayer

by Stephanie Nickel

I have many joyful memories of Christmases as a child. The Scotch pine Daddy would cut was always too tall. He’d shove it back through the narrow doorway and saw more from the bottom – and sometimes the top as well. He’d then bring it back in and secure it in the stand, often after quite a battle. He’d string the lights. And then it was our turn. Add the ornaments and the candy canes. Hang the tinsel oh-so-carefully, a strand or two at a time. Stand back and admire the work.

More decorating inside and out. Mom’s holiday baking. Such wonderful sights and smells.

Christmas morning would come, and I’d pop out of bed long before the sun was up. Sometimes, Mom and Daddy had crawled in only a few hours earlier. They would stay up late wrapping the abundance of presents. Yes, I was spoiled, for sure. My stocking often had to be placed on the couch because it was too heavy to hang by a thumbtack on the wall. We didn’t have a chimney or a fireplace.

My Christmas celebrations have changed over the years, but there are still plenty of distractions. Therefore, it is so very important that we remember what this season is really all about. The following Cinquain poem is a simple prayer, but it can make all the difference.

Christmas

Dear Lord, help us
Always to remember
The true meaning of this season
Your Son.

Stephanie Nickel

Stephanie is a wife of over 28 years and has three grown children. She is eclectically interested, to say the least. Among her current pursuits are co-authoring Deb Willows’ autobiography; freelance editing; and keeping up with a number of blogs. Stephanie is a member of The Word Guild and works on “Write! On,” the news bulletin for guild members. To read more of her poetry, visit Free2Soar.