Give Me That Mountain

Love at a Distance

Day one...

At the beginning of our Thursday night class, I asked the group, “What's been going on between you and the Lord?” One of the men spoke his concern over his thirteen‐year‐old daughter, who had been caught cutting in the school locker room. This father was separated from his daughter because of divorce. He was restricted in just how much he could protect her. I could sense the question, “What to do…?” forming on some of the other men's faces as well.

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Love at a Distance

Day two...

When you love your children at a distance—when you are separated willingly or unwillingly from those you want to protect—you do not have to be a helpless bystander watching them play the game of life on their own. You can be on both their offensive and defensive teams in ways just as powerful as if they were under your physical care and protection.

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Love at a Distance

Day three...

If you've never thought about being intentional with “favor” let me assure you that it works. To protect our children's privacy I won't go into details, but they experience the favor of man on a regular basis. Our children also experience the favor of God, on a regular basis. Sherrel and I are very intentional about praying for our children to have favor with both man and God, because it works. And it will work for your children also.

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Love at a Distance

Day four...

After a phone conversation with one of my closest friends a few days ago, something he said stuck in my mind. I'm not quoting him exactly… basically he told me that our conversations were never predictable but always good.

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Love at a Distance

Day five...

If you have a new‐born in your house, I'm sure you don't have any problem interfering with your baby's free will. It's the only way you'll ever get any rest.

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Love at a Distance

Day six...

If you were an extremely wealthy single male or female in the business community, how would you go about finding a spouse? How could you determine if someone you were interested in was interested in you or your money? Would it be possible to find out ahead of the wedding ceremony?

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Love at a Distance

Day seven...

I trained and showed Quarter Horses as a teenager. When I moved back home to Missouri from New York I started riding again. After being out of the saddle for fifteen years my technique had become rusty, and I was having trouble with one of Dad's horses. This gelding was doing some things I didn't like, but I wasn't sure what I should control and what I should just accept.

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Love at a Distance

Day eight...

Do you have another human being who is as interested in your welfare as his or her own? Do you have someone in your life willing to risk death to protect you? How many people will you encounter over the next twenty‐four hours who have no one looking after them? How many of these people have parents who love them but don't understand how to love them at a distance—by creating opportunities and eliminating threats?

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Kids and Our Words

For the past several days Mike has been talking about how to pray for our children. I want to add another perspective to the subject. Mike and I have been married ten years and we have two sons, two daughters, two sons‐in‐law, and one granddaughter between us. Being previously divorced means we've both made plenty of mistakes in our other marriages.

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Belonging to a Family

A change of mind. Day thirty-nine...

Several years ago I met with some clients who, after we'd finished with business, told me about two homeless brothers they had taken into their home. These boys had been living on the streets of Kansas City.

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