Let Your Faith Be Bigger Than Your Fear.
My children are all grown now and one son even has a child of his own. Not long ago, however, I was thinking about all the things I used to worry about when they were growing up. Will they be healthy at birth? Are they secure in their car seat should we have a wreck? Will someone make a comment to them that could destroy their self-esteem? Will their friends be a good influence? Will they be introduced to drugs and alcohol before they are wise enough and strong enough to say "NO"? Will they struggle with grades? Who will they marry? Will they be loved by that person as much as I love them? Will they grow into a person running toward Jesus and not the world? So many unknowns. I don't know about you but, in my opinion, raising a child is a job too important and too enormous to do by ourselves. Christ in His grace and wisdom gives promises and directions for us and for our children.
These are just a few of many He gives us to help in this very important job:
"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness."2 Timothy 3:16
"For this child I have prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore, I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord." 1 Samuel 1:27-28
"For I have chosen him so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just" Genesis 18:19
"All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children." Isaiah 54:13
"For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope" Jeremiah 29:11
Basically He says to:
Pray for them, their friends and their future mates from the time of conception
Use scripture and the examples of Jesus as your basis for training them
Be confident that they are His children and that He loves them
Provide a good and just model for them to follow
Always know His ways are the best ways when it comes to helping pave the road ahead. Defer to Him with every decision, being careful not to take away the job which is ultimately His anyway.
Fervent prayer and knowing scripture while gaining wisdom from other seasoned, godly parents can help us parent out of faith instead of fear. Our children need to see us confident in our Heavenly Father and they need to see us looking to Him for guidance. Should they see us in our mistakes and shortcomings? Sure. I personally think it's important for them to see our struggles to a certain degree but more importantly to see us looking up when we have doubts and questions. That way they see that our faith is truly bigger than our fears or failures.
Walking the road with you,
Mom 2 Mom
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