The next generation..

My heart overflows whenever the Lord gives me the opportunity to support and encourage the next generation(s). It feels like exactly what I should be doing in this season of my life. I am a grandma.. I also have many younger friends and I look for ways to speak life into their lives. Not that I am wise, but I have lived a fairly long life and along with that comes wisdom that God gives through His Holy Spirit.

It is a rich season.. and one that helps me understand some of the struggles I have endured in a new way. My life experiences enable me to encourage those who are following the Lord. I can say with absolute confidence that after 35 years of being a Believer.. My God ( and yours) is faithful and will never ever fail you.. His promises are true. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We walk through the trials and the joyful seasons with Him. He carries us when we cannot find our way. He is our life and our salvation.

I see a picture of all of us who follow the Lord.. it looks like we are on a journey  walking on a very long road.. a road that goes uphill. We are all walking together, but some of us have been on this road longer. We look back and say to those who are behind us ” Don’t give up..trust God. He is with you. Rely on Him.. you cannot do this alone. Keep your eyes on Jesus..He is the way.”

It is all true.. He will take us to the end of that long road and when we get to the top of the hill..He will lead us into the promised land!

“On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand
And cast a wishful eye
To Canaan’s fair and happy land
Where my possessions lie.

I am bound for the promised land
I am bound for the promised land;
Oh who will come and go with me?
I am bound for the promised land.”

(  From  the hymn..I am Bound for the Promised Land)

This hymn text, written by an English Baptist minister, Samuel Stennett, first appeared in John Rippon’s Selection of Hymns, in 1787, with the title “Heaven Anticipated.”

 

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9 thoughts on “The next generation..

  1. What a different world we would live in if each of us would encourage someone else on their faith journey. It can be tough at times and an encouraging word can make all the difference. Blessings to you as you bless those around you!

  2. Hi Alicia,
    I love this post and it spoke to me at just the right time, :), because I had just come back from youth Sunday at our church where the youth group had just returned from their mission trip to San Diego. As I sat and listened to them and watched them, I thought what a wonderful thing if they could all be encouraged by someone who’s been a,little further along the road to point to the fact that God is faithful and encourage them in their relationship with Him. Your post has encouraged me to not only encourage them where I can, but to pray that He brings along just the right encourager for each and every one of them.
    Thank you so much for your continued faithfulness.
    Love,
    Sarah

  3. Hi Sarah,
    Thanks for sharing that story. I am always so glad when the Lord uses what I write on this blog. You and I often seem to be on the same part of the path at the same time:)

    We definitely need to pray for encouragers for all the wonderful young people that God is raising up in these times.

    Blessings,
    Alicia

  4. Great post Alicia; we all have so much to learn from each other but it is a blessing from God that as we get older we become wiser, even if only after the fact! And what a blessing to hear such wisdom spoken!

    • Hi Tim..yes older and wiser, that is the way I am looking at myself these days.. It takes the sting out of the older part and makes it possible for it to be a blessing to have lived this long. Thanks for the comment and may God shower you with blessings 🙂

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