Building Bridges through Relationships

After a class like today I do not know what to say. It was thought provoking to have such profound questions and discuss issues that are heavy on so many hearts.

Christine and I have two children and 4 grandchildren whom we love dearly. I can certainly understand the concerns voiced today and want to offer a few thoughts about children.

Yes it is heart breaking to deal with rebellious children but we must never forget “that children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward” (Psalm 127:3). In this verse, the Hebrew word for heritage is nachalah, which means “inheritance (i.e., a possession to which one has received the legal claim).” This word is also used in Deuteronomy 26:1 in reference to the Promised Land that God gave to Israel. When God gave us our children He gave us a very special blessing that we only have for a short time. Here are a few things to consider:

Our job is to train them in the ways of God and trust the Lord to draw them to Him.
Our goal
is to raise up adults who are productive members of society and seek to know God’s will for their lives and are obedient to His will.
Our comfort comes from knowing that God loves our (His) children and He has great plans for them;

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29.11 NIV)

Our Prayers are the most important weapon we have in this battle for the hearts of our children. Never neglect this all powerful act to invoke the power of God in the lives of our dear children. God loves them so dearly and wants the very best for them.
Our Faith that God will work all of these challenges to the good of His kingdom;

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8.29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Romans 8.30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” (Romans 8.28-30 NIV)

Our trust is a reflection of our faith;

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11.6 NIV)

We must therefore trust God and leave all the consequences to Him!

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” (Psalms 143.8 NIV)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight” (Prov 3:5-6)

Last but Not Least

  • Keep working on the 30 day goals you have set
  • Continue to memorize our verses
  • Stay up with your daily devotions

May the Lord richly bless you each one,
Paul

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