ALL

Such a simple three-letter word, it is my favorite word.

ALL

adjective

1. the whole of 
2. the whole number of 
3. the greatest possible 
4. every: all kinds; all sorts.
5. any; any whatever

pronoun

9. the whole quantity or amount
10. the whole number; every one
11. everything
12. one’s whole interest, energy, or property
13. ( often initial capital letter ) the entire universe.

adverb

14. wholly; entirely; completely
15. only; exclusively
16. each; apiece
17. Archaic. even; just.
I looked it up and the word ALL is used approximately 5,621 in the Bible.  Wow.  God must love that word too.  

 God saw ALL that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.  Genesis 1:31 NIV

I will remember my covenant between me and you and ALL living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy ALL life.  Genesis 9:15 NIV

I will cleanse them from ALL the sin they have committed against me and will forgive ALL their sins of rebellion against me.  Jeremiah 33:8  NIV

We ALL, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us ALL.  Isaiah 53:6 NIV

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from ALL their troubles.  Psalm 34:17 NIV

One God and Father of ALL, who is over ALL and through ALL and in ALL.  Ephesians 4:6 NIV

Love the Lord your God with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul and with ALL your mind and with ALL your strength.  Mark 12:30 NIV

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in ALL things at ALL times, having ALL that you need, you will abound in every good work.  2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died forALL, and therefore ALL died.  2 Corinthians 9:14 NIV

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with ALL kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for ALL the Lord’s people.  Ephesians 6:18 NIV

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us ALL—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us ALL things?  Romans 8:32 NIV

Come to me, ALL you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Matthew 11:28 NIV

For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and ALL are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  Romans 3:23-24 NIV

In addition to ALL this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish ALL the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Ephesians 6:16 NIV

I especially love the last verse, Ephesians 6:16.  We arm ourselves with God’s Shield of Faith & it will extinguish ALL the flaming arrows of the evil one!  

EXTINGUISH verb (used with object)

1. to put out; put out the flame of 

2.  to put an end to or bring to an end; 

wipe out of existence; annihilate

I let those arrows get to me.   But if I hold on to the Shield of Faith, God promises that ALL the flaming (and the evil one certainly knows how to throw flaming arrows doesn’t he?!)  arrows will be EXTINGUISHED!  PUT OUT, BRING TO AN END, WIPED OUT OF EXISTENCE!!!  PRAISE GOD!

I could go on & on, but then this would be a very long post.  My point is that we do not have a Father that gives to us less than 100%!  He gives us His ALL!  He gave us ALL in His Son, Jesus!  To me it is comforting and convicting  at the same time.  Comforting because I know I can count on my Father ALL the time.  It may not be what I want, but it is what is best for me.  Convicts because He gives me His ALL, do I give my ALL for Him?  Truthfully speaking, no I don’t.  But even when I don’t I can still count on Him.  Thank you Daddy, for being my ALL.Would love to hear your favorite ALL verse.  Please leave a comment and let me know someone is out there! 🙂

Sons Part II

Have seen many moms lately posting on Facebook about taking their sons to college and how difficult it is.  I also have several friends that are in the same boat.  In my humble opinion the reason it hurts so darn much is that we realize they are growing up and that this is just the beginning of them leaving home.  

We wonder, did we _________ enough?  There are so many “did I” questions in our hearts that leave us wondering if we taught them everything they need to know to go out and face the big bad world out there.  I used to feel that our purpose as parents is to take care of our children & provide for them.  But I think that is only part of it.  Our job is to raise them, teach them & prepare them so that they can become men who can go out and take care of themselves.  To be able to provide for their own family someday.  That is what we should wish for our sons.  Not that they become rich or famous or whatever.  But that they find the wife God has for them & become Godly husbands & fathers.  

Each child is so different, no two are alike.  In my case, none of the four are alike.  Actually it would have been so boring if they had been.   I have caught myself  using the phrase  “I raised you all the same” when something does not go along with the “Plan”  of their life (whatever that looks like).  But that is not possible.  Because they are all so different, they can’t possibly have all been raised the same.  Hopefully things were consistent among them, but no guarantees on that either.  As parents we change too, we are older & wiser (hopefully) and we change and learn different and better parenting methods and skills with each child.  It is actually a miracle that ANY of them turn out decent.  

There have been people in my sons lives who have made a difference.  One in particular that I am thinking of really had an impact on my second son, and then on my third and fourth.  My second son is a bit of an introvert (he says he is an INTJ, for those of you who know what that is).  He was one that would be with a group, but was usually in the back trying to hide.  Or when he started photography, conveniently volunteered to take pictures so as to not be in them.  He found many creative ways to be there without being there.  Then came along a youth pastor who went after him, pursuing him.  And was able to break through to him.  I know that he made a big impact on his life.  Even though the youth pastor moved, we still stay in touch with him and his beautiful wife.  He even renewed our vows for us for our 25th Anniversary.  Now they are about to have a baby boy of their own.  I know they will both make wonderful parents.  But I am sure they both are a bit apprehensive about what is to come.  They have the foundation though with Christ that they will be fine.  No it won’t be easy sometimes, but I have seen how he pursues & loves my children and other people’s children, so I know he will love his even more.  

I wanted to tell you a little more about my wonderful INTJ son.  He will be 21 in a few weeks and he is growing and maturing.  For some reason the “world” has decided that there is a track that all young people should follow.  Graduate HS, go to College, career, wife, family, etc….  But if every child is different, which we have already established that they are, why is there this track that they should all follow?  It is OKAY for them not to follow this track, and we need to let them know that.  Each child has their own path, their own path God has laid out for them.  And if it takes them a bit longer or they go off the path a bit, then that is OKAY!  But I am so proud of the progress Stuart has made.  One of my favorite things about him is that he has an exceptional eye for photography.  He started back in HS and has continued to amaze me.  It’s not that the subject is anything spectacular, but it is just his eye and how he sees it.  Making for some really extraordinary photographs.  Wish I could share them all with you, but I can’t.  Enjoy them and while you are at, take a deep breath, thank God for your children, for who your children are and who God is molding them into.  Give yourself a break when you mess up, and just love them.  And yes, it is very difficult letting them go.  But we know Who is holding them.