When both my boys were born, their Dad and I dedicated them to the Lord, knowing that God gave them to us to raise for His glory. The older they’ve become, the more I’ve had to remind myself that I must release them into God’s care. That is hard for an involved parent!! But, watching them grow into the young men they have become has been so very rewarding and I thank God for keeping His hand on them and on our family.
We are still trying to raise them in the Lord and help guide them where we can, even at (soon to be) 22 & 20 years old. No matter how old a child is… a parent never quits parenting. It’s not something you can just give up – it’s a part of you and, even though you watch them grow a year older and develop into very capable independent children, you will always want the best for them.
There are still some growing pains ahead, I’m sure, but in good times and in bad, there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for. What a comfort to know that you can put your trust in a God who has it all figured out when there are things over which you have no control.
A dear man who is with Jesus now, when asked how he was doing on that fine day, once said to me: “I’m great! I take care of those things I can, and I give God the rest!”
Great words of wisdom by which to live.
Great words of wisdom by which to live, not only when raising your children, but in every facet of your life.
What are some things you need to let God take off your shoulders to help lighten your load? Give it to God, put your trust in Him today, and wait for Him to work it out for His glory.
His plans are always better than anything we could ever ask or imagine, and His hands are bigger than ours, so He can handle so much more! Further more, His hands are reaching out welcoming us to lean on Him and put our complete trust in Him.
“In God I will praise His Word, in God I have put my Trust;..” (Psalm 56:4a).
♫ When we walk with the Lord ♫
In the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way;
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise,
Not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear,
Not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
Not a burden we bear,
Not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss,
Not a frown or a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey.
But we never can prove
The delights of His love,
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows,
And the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet
We will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do;
Where He sends, we will go,
Never fear, only trust and obey.
Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.