Thankfully in day one, I left the disclaimer that I would not be consistent in posting these daily due to a move across the country with my family. I appreciate those of you who have been patient and understanding with me and especially grateful for all the support and prayers.
There is nothing like plucking your kids out of the only community they have ever known and loved and placing them where they know very few people, especially their age, to make you pray without ceasing. Perhaps it’s the foresight of this that led me to pray more specifically and invite you to join me because no matter where your path is, keeping yourself and the ones you love pointed towards Jesus requires us to be intentional.
One of my sons shared recently he was looking forward to starting over with this move. His entrance to a new school and hopefully new set of friends meant he could begin fresh relationships without any past impressions, good or bad, attached to him. We all have longed to reinvent ourselves at one point or another and this can certainly be a good thing. In these early stages of parenting adolescents, I have learned it is a tenuous time for them to figure out who they are. They question almost everything and measure what they know and have learned against what they are actually seeing and experiencing.
A favorite proverb for parenting is Proverbs 22:6:
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Our hope as parents while we watch them birth their own faith and discover who they are, is the things we teach and impart to them will become a part of them.
Any good parent wants to teach their children the value of honesty and integrity. A good employer will look for these character traits and their teachers will appreciate students who walk uprightly displaying these two as well. A person who is honest and lives with integrity makes the best friend and husband. Sadly, it seems our world is offering a slippery slope of what these two things mean. Honesty and integrity isn’t always a black and white issue. Social media provides platforms we didn’t deal with when we were their age that allows us to portray ourselves, how we live and how happy we really are in a less than honest way. Even Christians can compromise their way down this slope with the need to make everything look pretty and perfect. We also slide around integrity with the misused concept of “the spirit of the law vs. the letter of the law” and in the name of “freedom in Christ.”Our kids are faced daily with challenges to live uprightly, honestly and with integrity.
Integrity is defined as
In other words, “Keepin’ it real.”
Proverbs 2:7 tells us God stores up wisdom for the upright but we all know the only person who ever kept it real and upright all the time was Jesus. Our only hope of ever being upright and being considered blameless in this lifetime of trips and falls is Jesus.
Today let’s pray…
May our kids really, truly and sincerely walk with freedom because of Jesus. In His life, death and resurrection our freedom is found in Him.
“Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the Lord!
Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with their whole heart,
who also do no wrong,
but walk in his ways!”
2 Corinthians 3:17:
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
May our kids walk upright because of Jesus. I’m not afraid to beg Jesus to help them walk with him every day of their lives… let’s pray believing this and thanking Him that even when we walk away… He. Is. Still. There.
“Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.”
Let’s pray our sons would indeed keep it real… keep it real close to God and His upright ways.
May they store up all the wisdom of God learned from us as well as from their precious teachers on Sundays, the family friends we surround them with and may that wisdom pop up clearly in their minds when they are faced with a challenge that tempts them to walk outside of the wisdom of God.
Let’s give thanks to God for his promise to protect them and be their shield when they walk with Him.
And friends, let’s pray that we as parents would leave room for God to be their shield… that we would not self-protect or jump in to protect them at times when we really do need to leave it up to God and His Spirit to convict, direct, help and comfort them.
In the sweet and holy name of Jesus… Amen.