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Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord Himself, is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation.” – Isaiah 12:2 NIV
When we trust in the Lord, things work out for us. Our children love us. Our work is fulfilling. Our salvation is secure.
The Lord gives us strength when we are weak and tired. He never forgets about us. He takes relationships and restores them. His love reflects upon every aspect of our lives when we seek Him first. He is good, and all good things come from Him. Amen.
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. – Proverbs 22:6 NIV
Motherhood is full of paradoxes: fear and triumph, joy and sorrow. We do our best as parents, but God is the ultimate guardian of our children. We can teach our children about Him, but we can’t force them to accept Him.
Our Heavenly Father takes joy when we acknowledge Him.
It is so sweet to hear my son say, “I love you, mom.” For years, I focused on my academic achievements and work. I didn’t necessarily picture what joy a child might bring to my life, but my son is more important than any degree or award I could achieve. He loves me because I am his mom. I pray that when he grows up, he will always love the Lord and will remember the values that my husband and I taught him.
Our Lord always gives us a choice. He loves us beyond comprehension. Amen.
Nevertheless I am continually with you; You hold me by my right hand. – Psalm 73:23 NKJV
There is something very sweet and innocent about holding the hand of a child. Holding hands is for protection and guidance of the child, but it is about comfort as well.
We need God’s love, comfort, and protection. In many ways, if we could just trust Jesus the way our children trust us, we would save ourselves a lot of worry.
God is there for us. He is with us continually, day and night, even when we are asleep. He cares for us.
He keeps us from falling. He guides us away from danger.
When we try to rely on our own strength, we realize very quickly that listening to God is much better than self reliance because God is infinitely better at helping us and guiding us than we are. Amen.
He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young. – Isaiah 40:11 NIV
The Lord is gentle with us, as a shepherd cares for his sheep. He comforts us when we are feeling down. He restores us when we are tired. He especially helps us when we have children to tend to who need constant supervision and love.
We can easily get ourselves into trouble, but He is there to catch us when we fall. The path of righteousness sometimes seems hard, but in the end it will all be worth it.
He created us, and He saved us. We can trust that wherever He leads us, it is safe to follow. He will not lead us astray. He will not forget that we need directions and a map. He can guide us to the way everlasting. Amen.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. – 1 Chronicles 16:34
God loves us, and that never changes. Like a good father, He corrects us when we are wrong. He can help change our thoughts so we can follow Him better. We sometimes make mistakes. We get frustrated and angry, but God’s love endures forever. We can be thankful for that.
It’s difficult for a parent when a child doesn’t do what is right. It is our responsibility to teach them the way that they should go, but we can’t require them to listen.
I’m sure that it frustrates God when we rebel and don’t listen. But He doesn’t give up on us. He loves us no matter what, and so must we. He is the best Father we could have to teach us.