Boundless Love with Boundaries

IDOK DEVOTION FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2008

We are excited to announce Jennifer Rothschild’s appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America airs TODAY.
Jennifer Rothschild segment to air on
ABC’s Good Morning America
Tuesday, April 22, between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m
2. Can’t watch the show in the morning? Just set your TiVo or VCR to record between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. (your local time) or
watch it online.
3. After the show airs, will you leave a “comment” about the show at Good Morning America’s website. At http://abcnews.go.com/gma you’ll see a link to the segment in Top Stories. At the bottom of the story you should see a place to leave comments. GMA loves to know what shows resonate with people.
More than once over the years I have heard my Girls say, “Momma do you have to analyze everything?” And I would respond, “Yes, that’s my job.” Today as I was listening to Christian Radio I heard: ‘when it comes to loving children, there are no boundaries”. And I said within the walls of my own mind, no I don’t think that is a proper statement. I think I would say,”When it comes to loving children there are no boundaries and without boundaries there is no real love.” Did I hear you say, ‘huh’? Without a doubt, we are to give our children boundless love. That is we are to love them without the boundary of conditions such as I will love you as long as you conduct yourself as I say or I will love you as long as you become what I want you to become. And yet when they do conduct themselves in ways that are contrary to the moral laws of God or the Laws of the Land, if we love them we will put up boundaries, firm boundaries, age applicable un-movable boundaries.
I enjoyed sharing Jolly Ranchers, especially Sour Apple, with a certain ‘young man’ but when enough was enough, no amount of tears or wailing would avail for more candy. Boundless love, loves the wailing child and boundless love holds firm to the boundary of no more candy even with persistent crocodile tears. Now Jolly Ranchers and a crying young-un cannot be compared with a teenager demanding a 1:00 AM curfew but the answer is the same: I love you so much, Kid, the answer is NO, period, the end and that’s a firm boundary.
Proverbs 13: 24 He who spares his rod [of discipline] hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines diligently and punishes him early.
And when the child is grown and out of the house and you can no longer apply a curfew and other similar boundaries, we must continue to give them boundless love with age-applicable boundaries. And these boundaries may be even more painful for us to apply. Such as no, I will not give you the money; no, I will not co-sign; no, I will not bail you out this time; no, you cannot move back home; or yes, I am committing you to re-hab; and, of course, you and the grand-kids can stay till you can get back on your feet and yes, I do expect you to contribute to the mortgage payment; etc.etc.
No children and no grandchildren? That does not let you off the hook – we owe our brothers and sisters in Christ boundless love, within the boundaries of love too.
Galatians 6: 1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Romans 13: 8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Matthew 18: 15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
There’s a world of people out there for us to give unconditional, boundless love to but unless we abide within God Designed Boundaries in the giving of that love, it’s not love after all.
Thank you for your continued prayers for my Mom. We believe her hip is healing; she rarely needs pain mads now. As to her emotional health, she has good days and not so good days.
I have not heard from Emma as to Richard’s condition but please keep on praying.

Father, I am grateful this morning that You are You; I am grateful what You are doing with Mom and with others in our lives and I am grateful that You will continue to be You, doing all things in Righteousness and Love for us. Thank You that You love us with Boundless Love and with Boundaries of Love; help us be like You. We pray for Richard and Emma and the family this morning, we do not know the exact need of the day but You do and You know just how to supply those needs and we are grateful that You are doing so. And we pray for others listed here, for whatever is needed today and we thank You in advance for supplying those needs to each one of them. Thank You for the protection You have given our IDOK Troops and the protection and security You are giving them today. Thank You for the mercy You have lavished upon America and thank You for the Grace to repent that You are giving us daily. We pray too for the Presidential Candidates that they will repent and that You will inspire holiness in them and we ask that Your Choice for this Nation be elected in November. We pray for the Peace of Israel and the revival of Your Church. And I ask You to give strength and courage to each of our IDOKs today. And Lord, we need You to help us love You and our neighbors more and more. Amen and amen. W C and family. Richard and Emma and family. Oprah. Chris B. Maggie and Family. Josh. Donnie S. Renee’. Cathy’s friend and son. Odessa H. Kathy S. Glen Beck. Tonya and family. Dall T. Dylan. Marsha’s grand-baby. Kathy N. Kyle A. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. Kim T. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Katelyn (B). Janie B. Vickie. Lisa W. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Cathy. Toy and family. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn. Larry and Claudia and family. Taylor & family. Jeanette and Earl and family. Libby and family. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Cynthia. Martha F and Bob. Allyson and Glyn and family. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sharron and family. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Billy and Gina and boys. Lance and family. Grace and family. Tressa. Brad, Lindsay, Karah and Haley. Chuck. Windy and Jared and families. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Chad and Brittany and family. Mollie and family. Julia. Bobbie. Tj. Zack. Phillip. Jessica. Larry. Kayla. Trey. Jacob. Ashely. Lance. Candance and Baby. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Adam & Family. Andrew. Cindy, Sharron and Tonya’s houses to sell.
Unspoken Requests – situations so close you can only speak to Father about
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild.
Every IDOK Pastor and Family.
Every IDOK church.
The Peace of Israel
Revival in America.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops (foreign soil) – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Josh. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Hawk. Brant W. Lyndon A. Christopher R. Travis N. Joshua M. Brent. Drew. Justin G.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Albert R III. Bay N.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Tim. Lee. George.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Injured Stateside:
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light. Bradley T.
Military at home adjusting – Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J.
Civilian in Country – Lee.

As I post this it is 97°F and haze in Balad, IQ & the time there is 3:21 PM AST – on April 22, 2008

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