Today's Devotional Thought
May 27, 2017 by Wendy Foreman
Praying for our Kids
The most important place for me to be as a parent is on my knees.
If we are being honest we would all have to admit to some degree that we walked into parenting not being sure of how to do it. Many of us probably didn't even think all that much about parenting until we had our first child. We didn't think about sleepless nights, potty training, temper tantrums or about school and their relationships, the drama, fights, tears, hurts, broken hearts. Nor did we think about sex talks, boyfriends, girlfriends, graduation, college, careers??? It makes my mind spin just typing those words. Plainly put, there are so many things that we as parents face with our kids, and if we aren't on our knees in prayer asking God for wisdom and asking him for guidance and direction, we will struggle to help guide them in life.
I remember with our oldest sitting in the rocking chair in her nursery before she was even born and holding my belly and rocking back and forth and praying for her. Praying for God's leading in her life, praying for her spouse, praying for friendships, praying that her identity would be in Christ and she would recognize who she is in Him and that she would love herself and love Jesus with all that is in her. I have prayed those same things over my son.
Being a mom is my calling. I believe I will answer one day for how I raised my children. Did I tell them about Jesus? Did my husband and I live out our love for others and Jesus in front of them? Did we take the time to talk with them about those things they could potentially face in this life? My husband and I decided early on in our parenting that we would be straight up with our kids. We would answer the hard questions and no questions were off the table. A little scary I must say but if we don't address them and answer them then I know their friends will or others in their circle will and I am not so sure I will like what they tell them.
I'm writing this blog today to encourage you to be on your knees for your kids or your grandkids; grandparents have a definite influence in their grandkids lives. None of us are perfect and if I were to be honest with you today I would tell you that if I had some things to do over again I would. But that is why God gives us spouses because I believe that in the areas I was the weakest, their dad was the strongest. It has definitely taken both of us. I know that some of you reading this don't have spouses but you probably have others in your life that can make a difference in your kid's life.
As I close today I want you to know that I write this out of a mama's heart that has had some sleepless nights. Nights spent thinking my kids were going to hate me, blame me, possibly make choices that would forever change their lives. I have cried, shouted, reasoned but most definitely prayed for my kids. Yes being a parent is so tough and it's one of the toughest jobs I have ever done but one of the most rewarding and when you look at your 20+ year old and she says that you are her best friend and that she is blessed that God made you her mom, well...it makes all the worried filled nights, tears, long prayers and heartaches worth it.
Never forget the most important place for parents to be is on their knees praying for their kids!