Thursday, August 18, 2016

Parenting by the Strength of God

"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father; that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being.
Ephesians 3:14-16 (ESV)

Parenting is not an easy task by any means. It is messy, and exhausting, and confusing, and stressful. As a father of five kids (four of them are teenagers), I spend a lot of time wondering what in the world to do and hoping that I am leading well. Just about the time I believe I have one of my kids "figured out," they decide to keep growing up and change. Can you relate to this at all?

Where is the book on perfect parenting?

Where are the role models to follow?

Why would God call me into such a crazy role and not equip me?

That last one speaks deeply to my heart because I firmly believe that God provides grace, strength and resource to accomplish everything that He has called me to, even parenting. He must be my Source, my Strength, my Comfort and my Refuge when the task of parenting overwhelms me and leaves me in tears at night as I cry for and over my children.

I don't always get to see His hand move in my life and I often wish I could feel His presence more, but at the end of the day, I must remember the truth of His Word and gain my strength and encouragement there. I pray that as parents you would be able to embrace and live out these verses in Ephesians. Remember that you are strengthened by God through His Spirit in the very core of who you are.

God provides strength for you every day:
* when the morning is crazy and it is a frantic dash to get out the door
* when our children decide that our rules and advice are less that desirable
* when others comment about the behaviors of our kids
* as we struggle with them growing up and experiencing the pains of life
* whatever other concerns, struggles and questions we experience as parents

Thank you for being a parent! Thank you for caring for your children well! Thank you for sacrificing on their behalf and pointing them towards God! Thank you for being faithful even in the midst of the unknown! Thank you for providing unconditional love that reveals the heart of Father God to your children!

I have no idea what challenges that parenting has brought and continues to bring to your life, but please remember that God is for you. That His grace is sufficient and that His strength is more than enough! Be blessed as you remain faithful and know that every time you pray for and sacrifice for your children, you are being the hands of Christ in their lives and there is no greater gift than that.

Dear Jesus, thank You for faithful parents. Thank You that Your strength is more than enough to complete the task before us. I pray that during times of exhaustion, confusion or just plain stress that we would remember that You are for us. Bless every parent today in the mighty name of Jesus and by the strength of the Spirit. Amen.

~ Mike





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