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God Is Watching Over Us

Psalm 121:3

He will not let your foot slip — he who watches over you will not slumber;

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amJust to bring you up to date – I have five granddaughters. Two are in 1st grade – two are in pre-school and one is catching her older sisters and cousins (she wants to do everything the older girls do)!

Believe it or not – I actually get left alone with them from time to time. I have sat with the three from the one family for movie night while their parents go out for an evening (their parents must have been desperate for a night out to leave them under my care – LOL!). Before we go any further I want you to know everything went well and there were no fires! The girls actually go to bed for me pretty well – better than my own girls if I remember correctly.

Technology is so great these days – when I watched my granddaughters solo – her parents had cameras in each bedroom that allowed me to watch them in their rooms. I can even talk to them – when they get out of bed. I could watch them (and their parents could too while they were out) without disturbing them. It is better than peeking into their rooms every 45 seconds. I wish we had those when our children were babies. Continue reading

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Our Father (Heavenly) Is Watching Over Us

Psalm 121:3

He will not let your foot slip — he who watches over you will not slumber;

RevRayIf you haven’t heard the news – I have two granddaughters (see the picture below).  They are both under one year old and I have actually watched one solo for several hours already (her parents must have been desperate for a night out!).  Before we go any further I want you to know everything went well!

Technology is so great these days – when I watched my one granddaughter solo – her parents had a camera that allowed me to watch my granddaughter in her crib when she slept (get this I fed her – changed her – and put her down for her evening sleep that evening!).  I could watch her with the camera and monitor without disturbing her – instead of peeking into the room every 45 seconds.  I wish we had those when our children were babies. Continue reading

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Our Father Watches Over Us

Psalm 121:3

He will not let your foot slip — he who watches over you will not slumber;

Recently I stayed at my parent’s home (my sister’s home too) for a week of evenings and nights.  I was supposed to sleep in the office down the hall from their apartment on a foldout couch.  I decided I might not hear them from there so I slept on the couch in their apartment.  Several nights I was awakened several times by my dad’s breathing or a noise I didn’t recognize.

Two of my children will have infants in the house soon.  God willing my oldest and her husband will be adopting sometime in September and my youngest and her husband will deliver in November.  They too will experience sleepless nights and listening for breathing and sounds that aren’t normal in the night.  Technology is so great these days – friends with a little one have a camera that allows them to watch their young child and listen to him too without disturbing the child with a parent peaking in the room every 45 seconds.  I know my children will probably get one of these for sure.

Parenting a little one – or being the child of an elderly parent or two – can have its trying times (can I get an Amen).  As we try to watch out for them and take care of them – we often lose sleep or even some peace of mind.  The Psalmist wrote that he who watches over you will not slumber.  God is watching us all the time – nothing happens in our lives that God is not aware of and in ultimate control over!  That clearly doesn’t mean God causes everything to happen – read the story of Job – but it does mean that nothing happens that God is not aware of and ready to handle!  God has promised to never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6).

It is comforting to know that he who watches over you will not slumber.  It made me feel good to know my father was always there when I was younger and now – as my father enters the last chapters of his earthly life – it is good to know that my Father has been and always will be there watching over me!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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