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  1. Bethany Davis says:

    Good morning, Natasha!

    Thank you for posting this post! It is exactly what I need to hear. I might have to say that one of the areas of pride or lies the enemy tells me is, “Since you love God, he wouldn’t have made you legally blind for the rest of your life and thus preventing you to have your own car and ability to drive” or “Come on, Bethany, you’re devoting your life to ministry, you should be recognized for the work you do” or, “You should be able to be First once in awhile, not the very last. You are always last” However, I know that Jesus always says, “The first shall be last, and the last shall be first” It always seems to me that it is more noble to be last than to be the first one in line or on top or wherever else. My Dad is the perfect example of being last. At every function we go to, especially like a Church Potluck, he is always the last one to come through the line. He always lets everybody else go first. One of my nephews said one day, “Mama, if you loved me, you would let me do such and such, or you would let me have that such and such toy” My Mom used to tell my brothers and myself, “No is the most loving word there is. If I didn’t love you, I would let you do whatever you wanted whenever you wanted. But because I love you, I’m telling you no” Another one of my nephews, one who is 4, one time was running all over the place. My folks and I, along with one of my sister in-laws, took the kids to the Zoo for the day. My 4 year old nephew was among the kiddos we took, along with a few of his cousins. He was in a mood that day, and as I mentioned, was running everywhere. We had him choose someone’s hand to hold, and then to stay with that person. Several times, one of us adults had to run after this particular nephew to get him to stay with us. Afterwards, this nephew and I were talking about the importance of obeying and such, and I told him that day, “Honey, do you see how important it is to obey? That is why we were after you to stay with us. If we didn’t love you, we would have let you run all over the Zoo, and then let you run the risk of you getting lost or worse” We got on this subject when he saw a Police Officer pull somebody over for speeding or something like that. My nephew, Benjamin (the one who is 4) was asking me why the Police Officer was pulling this person over, and I said, “Well, probably because he wasn’t obeying the law. The man or lady was probably disobeying the speed limit and so the Police Officer had to pull him or her over. That is when I talked to our little Benjamin about when he was running all over the Zoo.

    OK! I’ve rambled on enough, but mostly, I wanted to thank you for this post. I’m afraid I often let the devil win too many times:-(
    God Bless!

  2. These words….wow, blessed me more today than you can know. Thank you Natasha!

  3. Elisabeth says:

    Whew, amen. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. This is timely for me, Natasha, as I’m in a season where I’m separating the deeply ingrained lies from the truth and the light. It’s a painful parsing but it’s so, so good. I appreciate your deep thoughtfulness and vulnerability on this. Your blog is a real blessing.

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