More Foundation Thoughts

For a few weeks I’ve been walking by the new house being built in our neighborhood, and I see a lot of progress! I also see a lot of things that remind me of parenting.

The men who originally laid the foundation are now pulling off the wooden forms…that means the foundation is set, and can stand on its own. Notice discarded wooden forms.

Deep inside of these concrete foundations are two things: strong iron rods, and many small stones.

Apparently the ingredients for a firm foundation are

#1 seemingly small things

#2 clearly strong things

#3 holding on until it’s time to let go.

When we look back, we see that indeed it was a mountain of seemingly incidental conversations, events,  and actions, and a few iron rods of certainties, held up by the form of ever-present parents, friends, and the church.

And in time the cement is set.

We hope and pray and instruct and guide, and mess up, and try again. We have plans, but they usually get changed…

Thankfully the unchanging love of God never lets go. When we need to pull away,  the Lord will hold them up. And when they build their lives upon His firm foundation, the house will stand.

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    Anna said,

    I love this analogy! I think it’s easy to under estimate the power of the little small things.

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    Sue B said,

    I love the truth of this analogy and your pictures really help tell the story.
    Thanks for sharing….

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    Linda R said,

    I really like how you take every day things around us to illustrate a wonderful analogy. This makes so much sense and is so simple to understand. Your 3 ingredients for a firm family foundation are so true. I really liked the pictures that give me the perfect visual. Thank you for keeping thing simple!!!

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