For Mother's Day I thought it might be fun to Re-post from Wonderfully Woven. A great blog created to encourage women in a stressful world. Check out their website ~ Wonderfully Woven True story. When I wrote this article and sent it to my friend Marcie Gribbin, I forgot (kind of) what I wrote. After struggling with a problem as a parent, I spent a sleepless night worrying. The next morning I logged online and found this post on my fb wall. God is so good!
I had a large response of people saying it helped so, I thought it would be beneficial to share it again...
Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. Daniel 12:3 (NIV)
Nothing staunches the flow of the Holy Spirit for me like the troubles my children face. My heart's prayer is that they so shine for Jesus, they’d lead many others on the path of righteousness.
When pitfalls and snares appear to snatch them away from this narrow path the Father has called them to, my attention wanders from my own path. Isn’t that so very true?
How many sleepless nights do we as parents endure because we love our children and want to see them walk in the way — not looking to the left or the right — but to hear the voice of the Lord say this is the way, walk in it?
One of the many lessons I’m learning as a mom of three lovely daughters is this: as I continue to grow and walk in God’s love, leaving their care to an all powerful, all knowing, all giving Father, how much more will they do what is His heart’s desire?
God’s ways are so much higher than our finite minds can grasp. His love is so much deeper, His hand of protection is so much more invasive in their lives than we could possibly know.
My oldest daughter is now 27. When she was a teenager, she told me “Mom, don’t worry about my walk with God. No matter where I am or what I am thinking, He is always talking to me through other people, circumstances and even sometimes a T.V. program or radio show.”
One of the greatest mysteries to me as a parent, who loves her children so much, is that oftentimes I am tempted to worry about what I think looks like a transgression in their lives. But it ends up being the very thing that brings them closer to the knowledge of a mighty God.
One time I was praying for my girls and an older wiser woman said to me, “the troubles you have gone through make me want to weep for you. But, just know that God has His hand on your children and will keep them safe.”
No greater words for a mother to “rest” in.
But, the very thing that has set me high above the troubles and trials they will face has been the fiery trials I have seen them already endure. It is true we all stumble. We all wander from the faith in big and small ways every day.
The greatest test for any parent is simply this: not have we prayed enough, or have we trained enough. But, have we entrusted them to God...enough?
Lord, I pray for each woman or man who reads this blog to be so settled in the matter of your goodness that they do not spend another moment wasted worrying about the wellbeing of their precious child. Who better to lead and guide their greatest gifts of their children, than the One who created them and has the only power to protect them in a world full of evil. Father, we pray that we might hand each and every precious soul into your loving hands of kindness today. And, that the peace of God will wash over every reader’s heart, soul and spirit today and throughout the days ahead. For surely, goodness and mercy will follow them in all of the days of their lives. Amen and amen.