I want to encourage all the parents today to keep praying, pressing and do what you are doing! We plant the seeds, we water (along with others), but only God can give the increase.
1 Corinthians 3:6-8(NKJV)
6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
Our assignment is to do everything that we know how to do according to the Word of God and trust that God will bring forth fruit. His Word says that we will receive a reward according to our labor. This means that we can’t give up! No matter what it looks. The more we labor the greater our reward. Our reward will be the manifestation of the prayers that we labored for our children. They will become everything that we declare as we speak the Word over their lives.
Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV)
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
We can’t go wrong with speaking the Word into the lives of our children. It may seem that their lives are the exact opposite of what we have been praying, but we can’t lose hope. The Word promises that if we train them in the way that they should go then when they get old they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). As they grow in maturity God will arrest their hearts as your voice reaffirming everything that you have poured into them. Do you ever hear your mother’s voice as you start to do something? My mom taught me many things which I didn’t understand then, which now I truly appreciate!
I have so many moments as a mother when I feel like I am failing, but then I have to remember that all that I can do is my part. Children are little human beings with their own flesh and own will. We can’t make them into who we want them to be. We can only guide them to the right path. They still have a right to make their own decisions. We just have keep praying and enjoy the moments when their light shines!
For my birthday a little while ago my 16 and 12-year-old made me a beautiful poem and picture. It really blessed me and spoke words of appreciation and admiration over me. I was overwhelmed with a sense of accomplishment in doing something right in raising them. God is faithful to encourage us along our journey. One day our children will call us blessed and our husbands will praise us! God will say “daughter, you excel, them all”.
Proverbs 31:28-29 (NKJV)
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
Father, we thank You for our children. Forgive us for wanting to give up. Forgive us for forgetting that only You give the increase. Help us endure and keep praying no matter what it looks like. Help us remember Your Word and keep declaring Your promises over them. Our children belong to You and only You will get the glory for their lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!