Quit worrying and start trusting!
I will never forget the #moment when the Doctor handed me my first born child. The powerful love that overwhelmed me. I had never wanted anything more in my life than to become a mother.
Later that night, alone with only a beautiful newborn baby girl, I sat in the hospital bed when a sudden urge of panic hit me like a bolt of lightning. Could I care for and afford a child? After the originally stress of the “natural” things, I suddenly began thinking on the “spiritual” side of things. We had brought a child into a very crazy world. My mind whirled with all the problems that could possibly occur. I knew that prayer was my only #hope for peace. As I sat nursing my little girl, I began to call upon the Lord.
Now, as a #mother of ten children, I can honestly say that I spent so much time worrying over the little things and not nearly enough time entrusting God. But God has always drawn me to His word for wisdom, peace, and direction for my children.
Let’s consider the biblical mother, Jochebed. She was all too aware that Pharaoh had ordered all Hebrew boys to be killed. Pharaoh feared the Israelites would soon outnumber and overpower the Egyptians. She did what any of us would have done. She hid her newborn son for as long as she could. The day came when she would have to #entrust God with the life of her most precious gift, her son. I cannot fathom the fear that she must have felt as she placed her little boy in a basket and sent him floating down the dangerous Nile river.
“And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes,
and daubed it with slime and with pitch and put the child therein;
and she lad it in the flags by the river’s brink.”…
“She placed the child in it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile.”
Exodus 2: KJV
Many of you have had to place your child in the “Nile” of drug rehab, psychiatric wards, and even prison. I want to encourage you to be like Jochebed.
With tears running down her cheeks and trembling hands, she placed her little boy in a dangerous crocodile filled Nile River. She had to #trust that God loved her son MORE than she loved him. She had to believe that God had a plan and a purpose for his life.
We need to believe that God has plan for the life of our children!
God orchestrated Pharaoh’s daughter to be taking a bath in the Nile River the exact same time Moses was floating down the river in his little basket. It was not by chance that she noticed the basket. God placed a desire in her heart to love the child and raise him. She even had Jochebed nurse him! All because a mother trusted God.
As moms we want to protect our children, fix all their problems, and guide them to make better decisions. But there comes a time when we must realize that we are NOT in control. Our children are in the hands of an immensely powerful, living God.
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What can you do when you have spent your life training your child in the ways of the Lord, yet they have chosen to make unwise choices?
1. PRAY! Prayer is your best defense. God’s love and #grace will lead them to repentance.
Never quit praying for your child, no matter how bad the situation looks. God is in control!
2. Embrace God’s Word-Make His Word a priority in your home. Allow His principles to shape your parenting and give you perspective…even when life gets a little blurry.
3. Remember, God will accomplish HIS purpose. They may need a little more grace to endure the challenges of life, but God is faithful.
God knows our kids in ways we do not!
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