"We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done." Psalm 78:3
Emily, this child of mine. She's about to flee the nest. My first thought is selfish -- Am I ready for her to go? But the next thought frightens me. Did I teach her all she needs to know? Do all mothers have these thoughts running through their head when graduation is looming?
Emily, this child of mine. She knows how to do all the domestic chores to take care of a home. She knows (and proved it this week by tackling it all) how to care for laundry. She can even cook enough that I don't need to worry she'll starve. Got that all covered.
Emily, this child of mine. She's kind, unselfish, obedient. She loves God with all her heart and is bold in her beliefs and stand.
What bothers me is my life. Has my life been the right influence for her?
Have I modeled forgiveness so she will forgive?
Have I cared about "the least of these" so Emily will care when others are mistreated?
Have I been willing to be used of God, making it easy for Emily to say yes when necessary?
Does my life reflect God and His glory, becoming more and more like Him so Emily will hunger for His presence in her own life.
Those kinds of things I wonder. And whisper a prayer over and over that I got it right for Emily, this child of mine.
Raising Children to Adore God
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