“I didn’t asked to be born!” shouted my teenage daughter from the bedroom. “It’s not fair. Nobody else has to do this!”
Good thing you didn’t ask to be born today, I thought to myself. Today the answer would be no, not today. “Well tell God, because He thought it was a good idea—at the time,” I replied toward her bedroom. “And your room still has to be cleaned before you go to Tiffany’s house.”
I whispered a prayer. “Father, help me to survive this child, and please make sure she gets caught on everything that tries to divide her from you.”
When my children were born I had wonderful dreams for them, as any mother who is in love with their babies would be! As they grew, I could see gifts and talents that God had generously placed in them, and I began to encourage them to develop those gifts and talents. As they grew older and became increasingly independent and I watched with joy at times, and cringed at other times, as they made choices that would direct the course of their lives. I loved watching them set healthy goals and go after them, and I was horrified when they made choices that I knew were prerequisites to disaster. Without a doubt these were times, more than any other times in my life, when I grew the most in my prayer life and in knowing God’s word.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 is a verse I frequently quoted to myself. How could I lean on my own understanding?
When I was growing up, I had baby dolls, and an instruction manual came rubber-banded to them. But the more I lived with my own children, these precious earthen vessels, the more I was aware that no instruction manual had been rubber-banded to them. I knew almost immediately that I would need someone bigger and smarter than I was to help parent these children God had given to me. I am so thankful that in His wisdom and mercy He had planned for me to need His help from the very beginning.
I am posting a segment from my book String of Pearls. This book is written for women who have faced sorrows and disappointments in life and encouraging them that the grain of sand that is cutting into your heart is the beginning of a Pearl if you will give it all to Christ.
So what brings you to your knees? What causes you to seek the Father? How can I pray for You?
Linking up with Multitudes on Monday, Graceful, WLWW, Playdates with God
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