GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS

It’s Time to Rethink How We View Changes

As good parents we may have done all we can to bring our children up in the fear of God. But like most things in life, we may experience pain as we watch in horror and disbelief as our adult children stray from the faith.

We all know that we can try our best as parents, but sometimes the results are different than we would have hoped for. The truth is, God has given us as parents and adult children free will to make our own choices, at the end of the day.

However, there is a promise that if we train up our children to love God while they are still in their formative years, when they grow up as adults the godly influence/roots will still be there.

I love palm trees. I talk to them like if they are my children. I let them how proud I am seeing them growing so lustrous and green. As we know all trees must be pruned from time to time. We must spend time to trim the branches as they grow in all different directions. So, this last week I decided to prune my palm trees. After hours and hours of trimming and cutting and adding new soil and palm food it struck me like a lightening bolt that to get to the overgrown and old branches I had to get to the root of that branch.

Then I had my AHA MOMENT:

As parents, some of our adult children take on many different personalities that make us as parents get bent out of shape but be reminded their roots are buried with our Godly teachings.

Children or trees left to their own ways are likely to change directions; they’ll become adults who go their own way… MOST times the wrong way. But with Godly wisdom we choose to hold tight to the promise and ask God to save them from self destruction.

Proverbs 22:15 that “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child.” Foolishness and irrational behaviour lands many of them into dangerous waters.

As parents we have the task of praying that our children understand their godly purpose and turn again to find their way back to God. This pretty much settles the fact that once you have done your part teaching your children God’s Word, they will return to the family’s values.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

Being in a position of great influence when our children are in their formative years pays big dividends in the family’s legacy. What we do today will matter in their lives tomorrow.

Prayer Time: Father, thank you for giving to us children that will walk in the fear of God. We will not lose heart when we spend hours and hours praying for addictions, laziness, anger, unforgiveness to be broken in their lives. You have equipped us with promises in Your Word and Your Word will not return to you null and void. May our children choose to walk uprightly and be good citizens of Heaven and Earth. In Jesus Name, Amen

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