Tuesday, May 13, 2014

One of those "Never-Forget to Always-Remember" Moments

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Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.  2 Timothy 1:13-14 ESV
It was a little over a year ago that we were driving down the highway in Florida.  We had rented a car for our trip down there; it was a convertible.  Evie and I sat in the backseat together while Jeff drove.  We had the radio cranked up so we could hear the music over the rushing wind.  That's when I had one of those moments; those "Never-Forget to Always-Remember" Moments.  A song by Chris Tomlin came on the radio and Evie and I sang along at the top of our lungs:
I know who goes before me,
I know who stands behind, 
The God of Angel Armies is always by my side.
The One who reigns forever,
He is a friend of mine,
The God of Angel Armies is always by my side.
I thought to myself, "Does she really know?  Does she really get it?  Does Evie know that the Creator of the Universe loves her like crazy; loves her more fully and completely than I could ever love her?"

That's the difficult part of parenting.  Life is entirely out of our control.  Our children may get sick.  Maybe they will stray from God or from us; get into trouble, and put themselves in danger.  What if they take drugs, or hang out with dangerous friends?  What if they get into a situation that would terrify them?  Will they know to call on Jesus for protection and deliverance? 

Then I remember that the Bible was written for her too.  In that "Never-Forget to Always-Remember" Moment, I have the answer to my question.  She WILL know to lean on Jesus, and to call his name.  As long as my husband and I are teaching her scripture, teaching her songs that speak of God's love and the triumph of the cross; the Holy Spirit will take over.  When I model for her how to respond to stressful situations, when she sees me pray or sing through our challenges; it is then that she learns to do the same.

For me, driving down that highway with the wind in our hair and music in the air, that "Never-Forget to Always-Remember" Moment is not only the reassurance that God is with her, but it's the evidence that God's promises will stay with her whether in song or scripture.  God is protecting her with and army of angels~and THAT is something to remember to never forget.

Pray:  Dear Heavenly Father, bless our children and keep them safe.  Cover them with a blanket of protection and seal your Word within their hearts so that they will never forget it.

~Tammie Hefty


  1. If Evie ever does struggle though her teen years and young adulthood she will be able to draw on her faith to get her through. It may be the only thing that gives her comfort, the only place she 'feels safe'.