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Thankful Even When the Answer is "No"

"No".  It's a word we use often, especially as a parent.  When I had our first child, someone told me not to use the word "no" because it was negative.  I needed to make everything positive so my "little guy" would not grow up to be negative. Well, I guess I messed up BIG time because I told all my children "no" many times.  Not because I was a mean parent, or being negative, but because I had their best interest at heart.  I am sure I became very unpopular in my children's eyes when the answer was "no".  But being a parent is not about being popular, or at least it shouldn't be. 

Okay, how is a "no" answer a blessing?  For the last 6 weeks our family has been praying for something very big in our lives.  I thought for sure a door had or would soon be opened. The door slammed shut.  It was a definite "NO".  I truly was shocked, wanted to succumb to tears, all while my chest was in knots.  Then I had to stop and remember that my Heavenly Father has my (our family's) best interest at heart.  He is not being mean, negative, nor is He looking to win a popularity contest.  His answer is "no".  Plain and simpleDo I want to ask "why", you bet I do.  But it will not change His answer.  So I accept it as part of His perfect plan for our lives and wait.  I am very thankful for God, the creator of all things, loving me enough to tell me "no" so I can be in His will.  Does He have something better than what I was expecting...He has to.  He only wants the best for me.


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My Mother's Gentle Love
by Ron Hamilton
Who puts a band-aid on my knee?
Who holds me close so tenderly?
Who always sees the best in me?
There’s no one like mother.

Who always wipes my tears away?
Who tells me I’ll be great some day?
Who cares in such a gentle way?
There’s no one like mother.

My mother’s gentle love, my mother’s gentle love
Has taught me of God’s tender care, and turned my eyes above.
I’ll bless her all my days for all her gentle ways.
Oh, how I thank my Lord above for my mother’s gentle love.

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