My reading this morning came from :
He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the L ord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. (2 Chronicles 20:15 NLT)
I’m going through a sermon series right now on gracious parenting. It’s called Heritage Parenting by gracecovonline.com— in case your wondering. BUT. it has been overwhelming. The ways in which I’m doing things wrong, the fact that time is slipping by me to mould these little hearts and souls that have been entrusted to me, sometimes it feels like an army of do’s and dont’s is heaving at the gates. Sometimes that army takes the form of my to do list that is always a mile long. Or perhaps, work related stuff, afterschool activities for the children, keeping a clean house, being on mission…. You see my army takes on many faces. Unfortunately- there are many times I heap these tasks upon my self and feel the breath of my army on my neck. I need to remember this…today….don’t be afraid! It is not my battle but God’s. If I submit to him as a ruler and general on my heart in my life, I will wage that war and win!
In “Golden Boy’s” dedication, I was asked to choose a scripture to put on his certificate. That scripture is 1Tim 4:12-Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. But set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, faith and purity.
I chose it, never having heard it before, but it struck a chord. He is the last, the youngest to complete this family circle. He has two older brutes for siblings, and a doting sister. He has an uphill battle proving himself to those three merely for the fact of his birth order. For those reasons I felt it important to impart to him that even though he will go through life fighting the stigma of “little bro”. Heck Joseph(ya know- the one with the coat) was one of the youngest of his brothers and he ended up being a great and wise leader.
This morning I came across the following and thought it fit perfectly. I spend alot of time praying for my children’s health, their comfort, their well being. Then I spend a lot of time HOPING they will grow up knowing God, HOPING they will have integrity, HOPING they will respect others…but have I ever prayed for it? Seems like I’ve been missing the point the entire time.