I marvel at how "on time" God is. I marvel at the message our youngest pastor taught today. For the past three weeks Dale has been teaching from the pulpit on "Family Worship". In a nutshell, it is the responsibility of the parents to "train up a child in the way he/she should go". It is not the responsibility of the pastor, the Sunday School teacher, youth leader, school teacher, or coach to perform this task. It is a God given responsibility of the parents. I know I will be a bit over descriptive when I say that I felt like my heart was going to crack wide open as Dale taught the first two weeks. I felt defeated and weary as I analyzed my failures as a parent. My oldest did not have a christian mother until she was 14 years old and I have grieved often over the missed worship time and the missed godly teaching that should have been. BUT....today's message restored my hope! Dale read from Psalm 78:1-8. The verses that spoke to me most were verses 6 through 8, which says, "That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they might arise and tell their children. That they should put their confidence in God, and not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments, and not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not prepare it's heart and whose spirit was not faithful to God."
THIS I KNOW....I can't change the past but I can cling to God's promises for the future. I can do all things through God who strengthens me to ensure that the generation to come (my future grandchildren) put their confidence in God. I praise God for second chances...the chance to share my "God story" with a precious little one and to set up a legacy as a woman who loves the Lord!