As a new Christian and young mother, I chose Proverbs 22:6 as a guiding scripture for raising my children. This admonition says parents are to “train a child in the way he should, go and they will not depart from it.” A decade later, however, my parenting didn’t seem to be working the way I wanted it to. I wasn’t reaping the results I had expected. I had expected easy teen years (ha!). And, I’d expected to be my daughters most trusted confidant. Really, I thought I would be their BFF!
I realize now that this ideal scenario is a blessing to those who enjoy it. But, it is not guaranteed for every parent / child relationship – even in Christian families. There are individual struggles and challenges to each and every parenting relationship. You yourself may worry that you do not have what it takes, or didn’t begin early enough to guide your children successfully in God’s ways. Maybe the family you grew up in was not a Christian family. Maybe there are some wounds between you and your children that need to be healed.
God knows and God knew. He knows all about it — all about what you missed, and all about what you know and don’t know about being a Christian family and mom. And, God knew all about it when He placed your children in your care.
I want to encourage you that God is the author and ﬁnisher of your faith and your life (Hebrews 12:2). He is the source that covers your failings and gives hope for your future. God is also the author and finisher of your children’s faith — which can give us hope at any stage of our children’s lives!
Question: How does it encourage you to know that God is ultimately the One responsible for your child’s faith?
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