INTRODUCTION

 Even though some of our children may not be very little anymore,  we  may still see them as our precious child in all their innocence.  Because our world has changed in so many ways, and much of what was known to be wrong and unacceptable when we were growing up, is now not only acceptable, but also encouraged, we desire to protect them from all that may lead them astray. 

Our hearts break as some of us watch our children, who once seemed to love God and have a desire to live for him, choose one day to reach out and taste what the world has to offer.  We begin to feel as if we have completely failed in our job of  ‘training our child in the way they should go,’   (Proverbs 22:6) and in our minds, we run through a list of ‘if onlys’…If only I spent even more time reading the Bible to them…If only I sent them to a Christian school.  On and on we go, tormenting ourselves with what we should have done to ensure that our children  would never have made the decision they have made, for one reason or another, to seemingly abandon the truth we faithfully and lovingly tried to share with them.

Many nights I tossed and turned and could not sleep, until God showed me a verse in Isaiah that totally set me free from guilt and overwhelming feelings of failure. I would like to share that verse with you now: 

“Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth!  For the LORD has spoken: I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against Me.” (Isaiah 1:2)

God did not fail, and even though I am far from perfect, I had not failed!  God reveals truth to us, as we reveal truth to our children, but God made each of us with a free will to choose to love and accept Him, or to reject Him and the truth that has been revealed to each and every one of us.

However, Jesus said in John 6:44:

“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.”  

God’s Word also says in 2 Timothy 2:25:

“Those who oppose Him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.”

These verses and others,  made me realize just how miraculous salvation is, and that it is the work of God in a person’s heart from start to finish!  We are just to  continue to plant seeds of His truth and love in their hearts, and trust God will be faithful to reveal Himself to them.

Since realizing how it is God alone who begins and completes this process within a person’s heart, I now have a deeper love and gratitude towards God for choosing to reveal Himself to me, and a new and more intense appreciation for my salvation. 

 I pray this somehow helps many of you to release your precious children into the trustworthy hands of your heavenly Father, who loves our children even more than we do.   

Also, never underestimate your roll as a father or mother in your child’s life. Some of our children have chosen to reach out in their search for love and approval from a parent, who is not emotionally or physically present in their homes,  and seek it in ways contrary to God’s Word. 

Unfortunately, many of us, from no fault of our own, are  unable to be with our children on a daily basis.  If this is true in your life, do not lose heart; continue to pray for them, and make the most of every opportunity you have with them.  Reassure them of  your love and concern for them in spite of the circumstances, and take time to  really listen to them. Also, lovingly share God’s truth with them, applying it to every day circumstances, ‘making the most of every opportunity.’ 

Now I would like to share some verses from God’s Word with you. I pray they will  give you encouragement and direction in your lives, as you look for those teachable moments, using the every day happenings in life, so you can reach out to your precious children, and share His love and truth with them.

“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”  (Ephesians 5:15,16)

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)

“Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.” (Colossians 3:21)

“He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.” (Proverbs 14:26)

“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them upon your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deuteronomy 6:5-7)

“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live.  Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” (Deuteronomy 4:9)

“All your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children’s peace.” (Isaiah 54:13)

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®.  Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.

When you have done all you know to do, trust God to do what He alone can do in their hearts.

God Bless Each And Every One Of You : )

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory/LivingForHisGlory

 

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 HOW IS IT MY CHILD?

How is it my child, that you have slipped so far from the grasp of your Father’s hand?

How is it, that you have turned your ear from the truth of His loving command?

Is it, my child, that you have hungered and yearned for the love of your dad so dear,

That you have blinded your eyes, and hardened your heart against your Father

 that you should love and fear?

How can you, my child, turn your back on the truth that has promised to set you free?

Will you ever again admit you’re a sinner, and humbly fall to your knee?

Will you ever be willing to turn from your sin, and submit to the truth that you see?

Or will you continue to follow your own path of life, and be without Christ,

 …for all eternity?

Written in 2002  by Mary K. Dalke/LivingForHisGlory/Living4HisGlory 

Copyright© 2009 Mary K. Dalke/LivingForHisGlory/Living4HisGlory All Rights Reserved.

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