. . . and your children I will save. Isaiah 49:25b
Your children I will save!
Healing, encouraging words for the parent and the grandparent.
The promises are so great!
I don’t know God’s will about my job, about which car to drive, about whether or not to replace the carpeting in my living room. But I do know His will about my children! The Bible is filled with promises about my children — so many that as I read them, I list them and often return to remind myself of God’s desires.
I know it is God’s will that my children honor Him.
I know it is God’s will that my children will be taught by the LORD, that
they are established in righteousness,
they continue the heritage of His kingdom,
they are blessed by Him,
they have plenty,
they have a secure fortress and refuge in the Lord, and that
they have great peace.
He tells me to pray. And so I continue to pray.
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You see, this is their heritage. And we, as parents, shall never, ever give up praying for their heritage.
He saves my baby when he is sick;
He saves my child from danger;
He saves my child, lost in his sin;
He saves the ill, the weak, the down-trodden.
~~I pray for the baby.~~
~~I pray for the child.~~
~~I pray for the lost child.~~
~~I pray for the ill, the weak, the down-trodden.~~
Again I return to those words. I unfold those words. I cry out to God. It is my heritage.
And it is your heritage. Unfold those words. And never give up. Never lose “hope,” your expectation!
Pray the Word for your children: I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1: 17-19
Further reading: Psalm 24:6, 25:13, 119:130; Proverbs 14:26; Deuteronomy 28:4; Isaiah 54:13, 17b, John 14:11-14
The courtroom was full of family and friends–our supporters.
Glenna spoke encouragement.
Jen spoke comfort.
Larry supported my arm as I walked to the car.
Coffee and a long talk with best friends.
Bible study ladies caring, holding, praying.
We were the least. We were broken.
We were thirsty.
You received us. You gave us drink.
You were His hands–His feet.
Someone continues to pray.
“I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Jesus. (Matthew 25:40)
And you did for us.
Further Reading: Matthew 10:40-42
More to come on what I must now do.
(Be sure to read my previous post, “God Is Using You.”)
“There is surely a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off”
Thanksgiving! Turkey and stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie! Sounds wonderful! Our family usually gathers around the table, and before asking the blessing, one by one, we tell what we are thankful for. But this year was different. We didn’t gather. One family went to Decker, Michigan ; one family went to Richland, Michigan; and one family was separated by . . . well, if you have been reading my posts, you already know.
So on this Thanksgiving, Ron and I didn’t feel like sitting around the table.
But we are still thankful!
We are thankful that our children and their spouses love and honor God.
We are thankful for our nine grandchildren and for the two baby boys on the way.
We are thankful that God continues to be our refuge through our most difficult year ever.
We are thankful that we have hope and a future.
And we are thankful that next year we will once again sit around the table, and before asking the blessing, will all tell what we are thankful for.
Further Reading: Jeremiah 29: 10-14