Sunday, March 29, 2009

Second Chances.....

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!

2 comments:

Barbara said...

Praise the Lord for this wonderful post. I am so thankful you have shared this feeling...God is in control and just like He has taken hold of you, He will take hold of your children. It will be alright...God is in control....God is in Control.....love ya

Busy-Budget Moms said...

Amen =-)
I often worry about whether or not my children will be women of God when they are out on their own one day. If I am raising them the right way...
And then I remember God's promise, Raise them up to follow him and even if they stray..they WILL come back. (not the exact wording, I forgot the verse!)