There would never be enough time in my life to praise God for the family He'd blessed me with. That picture of us is one of my favorite "tattoos on the heart". All these years later, plus one more child, and I still feel the same way.
This spring and summer seem to be seasons of change for all three of our kids. They're terrific changes; new home, new job, new marriage. Tom and I are happy for all three, and know God's hand touches and holds each one of them.
Our children are all blessed with pretty good intelligence, and mostly common, common sense. Maybe it's because we're overly protective. (Alright, it's just me, not Tom so much.) I still find myself hovering, or at least trying to. I don't think any of them will do anything majorly stupid, but the world isn't always kind.
So, for now, it feels like we're living on the ledge, trying to maintain a balance of trust and discretion. If you have grown kids, you probably get that. You're praying and believing the best for them, but a little part of you is holding your breath.
Do you know the Old Testament story of Hannah? She asked God to bless her with a son, and promised to give the child back to Him if He answered her prayer (1 Samuel 1:11). And she did! Like when he was three years old! Are you kidding me? When our kids were three, I barely let them out of my sight for them to go potty.
Anyway, Hannah took her son, Samuel, to the temple and gave him to Eli, the priest, to raise in the service of the Lord. She only got to see him once a year after that. I wonder if Hannah ever felt like she was living on the ledge?
God probably doesn't ever feel like He's living on the ledge with us. He knows what we're going to do before we even conceive the word or deed. But, I wonder if He ever shakes His head or clamps His mouth shut while we try to figure things out. The psalmist knew how important God's words into our lives are. "Do not keep silent, O God; Do not hold Your peace or be still, O God." (Psalm 83:1 AMP)
Dear Parent, I wonder what would happen if we all began claiming God's wisdom, as we prayed Hannah's second prayer, "27 I asked him for this child, and he gave me what I asked for. 28 So I am dedicating him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he will belong to the Lord.” (1 Samuel 1:27-28) Shall we try it together?
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