13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;[a]
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Before conception, God has had a plan and a purpose for our children. He formed them knowing their gifts and talents and hand-picked us to be their nurturers, disciplinarians, and activators of their purpose. Their DNA is a mixture of our heritage and also their own fingerprint of God that is carefully planted into their desires and natural abilities. It is very important to not only recognize their talents, but train and encourage them to grow in them and use them. We have to place proper boundaries around them before the enemy comes in and perverts their gifts or causes fear to keep them from walking in them.
The Prophet Is Called
4 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
6 Then said I:“Ah, Lord God!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”
7 But the Lord said to me:
“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
8 Do not be afraid of their faces,
For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.
The best way to stay connected to their purpose is through prayer. God knows what He has set them apart for and won’t keep it a secret from us. As parents we often push our children to chase our own unfulfilled dreams instead of encouraging them into their own. We also tend to reject what seems far out of reach because of world views and statistics. If we are in Christ, then all things are possible. We should not be placing limits on our children or discouraging from their goals based on fear of failure. We should be training them that Christ in them creates favor and advantage. The Word promises that when we delight ourselves in Him that we will receive the desires of our heart (Psalm37:4).
Every child will blossom at different times. We must not discourage them because of their youth. My 12-year-old daughter has a passion for the arts. She sings, loves fashion/makeup, wants to design clothes, and draws. She has a natural ability for these things. She effortlessly completes projects and has a desire to sell them. While I haven’t had the resources to send her for traditional training, I’ve encouraged her in her gifts and have given her access to tools and resources to self-train. I have sat down with her and created a website for her art and am allowing her to create a you tube page to create DIY videos. This is a work in progress, and I will be monitoring her activity closely. Yes, she is young, but why would I keep her from growing into the entrepreneur that she is destined to be? What she does now is training ground for her future and could possibly fund her future development.
Our children naturally want to please us and will move forward in the things that we positively respond to. Let’s be intentional about creating an atmosphere of praise around what God has ordained them to do.
Father, we thank You that You know our children. Forgive us for not recognizing and encouraging them in their God given talents. Forgive us for hindering their success due to fear of failure. God, we trust the purpose that You have ordained for them. Show us how to nurture and encourage their gifts. Help us not look at their age, but look to You for wisdom and timing to release them into their purpose. Help us be wise counselors and motivators. We want them to know the fullness of the future that You have predestined for them. We believe that they will do great works and give glory to Your name in everything that they do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!