Throughout this week, I’ve touched on foundations and the importance of having them. In relation to pain, fear, uncertainty, and surrender… having a solid foundation in God’s word is key. But today, I wanted to add one final encouragement. Even if you didn't grow up in a home that knew God..or even if you don’t know how to begin laying foundations in your own home.. that is no reason to be disheartened. God’s mercies are new every morning…meaning every day you wake up is a new beginning. A new chance to start building yourself up in Christ. Open your Bible and read. It doesn’t matter where you start or how much you take on…the important part is to just start. One step, one page, one brick at a time. And the further down the road you get, you’ll realize you weren’t just building for you, but for your children and their children.
A couple of years ago I was late to a women’s prayer group. It was early in the morning and I had to arrange childcare before dashing off. I remember praying that I wouldn’t miss the thing God needed me to hear that day. I pulled in and power-walked into a house full of women and community leaders. I was the youngest one there. As I settled in with pen and Bible, a woman finished up her word and a new woman came to the front. Her name was Kate. She gave her testimony.. she spoke of her life on Broadway in New York, how she met her husband there….and how they didn’t know God. As she continued, she recalled how God, through friends, was so gracious to keep pursuing her and her husband. They ended up coming to know Christ. Her story continued… and maybe one day I’ll invite her on to tell you the rest!
At the end of her story, though, I remember her saying something so impactful, I had to write it down. I didn’t have any paper so I opened the front cover of my Bible and made the note, “Your ceiling becomes your child’s floor”. It’s still the first thing I see when I pull open my Bible. The reminder that the work we do now isn’t just for us…but for the generations to come. Laying foundations. Kate became the mother of Francesca. You may know her music today on Christian radio. Francesca Battistelli. An anointed voice that brings hope to millions around the world. Songs like “Holy Spirit”, “If We’re Honest”, and “Write Your Story”, release truth. And all because SHE was given a foundation that began with her parents.
Today, I’m praying this is just one of many stories to encourage your heart. I pray that this week has you thinking about where you are in the build. And more so, where you want to be. Foundations are pivotal and alive. Growing stronger as you mature in your spiritual walk. I’m praying you’re encouraged just to start…
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