“I the Lord do not change.” Malachi 3:6
When my husband were dating and began making plans for the future; there were a few things that concerned me. As we spoke about the changes that would take place in each of our lives, one by one my concerns dropped “off the radar.” Aside from the difference in our ages which has a funny story all its own; I remember two discussions. The first was about “families.” I am the eldest of six children with an 80+ yr. old father, five “in-loves,” two married children, 2 grandchildren, 11 nieces/nephews complete with a few spouses, and (at the time) 10 grandnieces/nephews. We have since added one “first daughter-in-law,” a new granddaughter, and 4 grand-nephews. Rick has one sister, one brother-in-law, and one nephew. The second discussion was about living arrangements; he was renting, I owned a home. Although it sounds simple, it was not as the ceilings in my home were only 6’6” and Rick is 6’3.”
To make a long story short; we have made the adjustments and have a wonderful life but, along the way, made one big mistake!! Possibly because he had no kids or grandkids and always wanted both OR possibly because it was so much fun for me to share parenting/grandparenting with someone … we have totally spoiled the kids and grandkids! As painful as we know this can be, we realize it is time to “pull in the reigns.” This change is occurring as, not because we do not love the most adorable, wonderful, three grandchildren in the world but because we do, we have created three little material stuff monsters!!
Change … no matter how necessary … is never easy! In some ways, change is like lying … it takes little effort to “do” but lots of effort to “remember.” I am so happy that God never makes mistakes and never changes!! He loves me with the same love that was showered on Moses, David, Elijah, Simon Peter, and the apostle Paul! God’s grace is the same for me as for you! His kindness, comfort, and peace is consistent; it is never based on my behavior or whether I “please” Him! Hip, hip Hooray!
He never changes
He’s always the same
Through all the ages
He always remains
Forever a friend
His love knows no end
Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society
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