|Posted by Mimi on March 19, 2011 at 1:36 PM|
I'm so grateful for my children! God teaches me so much, just having these little people in my life to watch my every move... to copy me... to make me think twice about what I do and say :P. Most of all I am grateful for the opportunity to raise two small Christians. I had the blessing of praying with both of my children, as they accepted Jesus into their hearts.
Parents: If you want your children to live and grow in faith in Christ Jesus, it is YOUR responsibility to ensure that relationship begins! I am so thankful for Faithful Savior Ministries, and the staff at the school, who loved and nurtured my children when I could not. However, once God got me back on the right path - following Him - I knew I needed to "have the talk" with each of my kids.
Millena was easy. We pray a lot, and she is just seven still, so when I said "Do you want to pray and ask Jesus to live in your heart to stay", she eagerly said yes. Adrian was not so easy.
There is no secret, Adrian and I have had our issues in the past; I take the blame for most of it, being the parent. However, I didn't know how to love him right, at first. I loved him so much! But not as God does. I needed God to teach me how He loves, before Adrian would be ready to accept God, and to accept Jesus.
On Thursday when I picked Adrian up, he had had another mediocre day; not getting into super big trouble, but just little things like throwing things across the classroom into the garbage and not staying on task. Overall, just exhibiting poor choices in behavior, and disrespect towards the teacher, which had been going on for a week straight. When we got to the car, I asked him if he likes hurting people's feelings. He said No. I asked if he wants to continue to do all of the things that get him in trouble. He said No. I asked if he liked being in trouble, and having all of his privileges suspended. He said No.
I asked him if he wanted to change. He said Yes. I asked him if he wanted to pray to God for forgiveness. He said No. He didn't want God's forgiveness, because he didn't want to forgive himself. So I forgave him. Then he asked for God's forgiveness. Amen.
I asked him if anyone at Faithful had ever prayed with him to accept Jesus into his heart; if anyone at ALL had prayed with him to ask Jesus in his hart. He said No. I asked him if he was ready to ask Jesus into his heart to stay.... he said No.
So I told him "I love you, and I always will. God loves you too, and He forgives you. But if you want Him to help you change, you have to ask Him to live in your heart to stay. And, you will have to tell God each thing (action) you are sorry for doing, and ask Him to help you with each one. But God wants to help you. So you tell me when you are ready to pray".
We drove home. Yesterday, I asked Adrian if he was ready to pray. HE SAID YES! So we prayed. This morning, my daughter came in and showed me even more, how powerfully God is working in our family. My shoulder has rotator cuff problems, and it made me grimace when I reached to hug her. She immediately prayed.
Little 7-year-old Millena prayed thanks for her mom, prayed that God would heal her shoulder; prayed that we know God can make mom's shoulder feel better, and we ask these things In Jesus Name. Amen.
I was overwhelmed. In praying for her, in exercising my faith, in showing her how to overcome situations in her own life through faith and prayer, GOD is using me to raise HIS OWN PRAYER WARRIOR! I am overwhelmed again just thinking about it.
OK I guess what I'm saying is: You are the most important person in your child's life. That means you have the most important job, because it is your job to guide your child towards God, and to be an example of how to live for, and serve Christ. If our children don't learn it from us, who is it we expect them to learn from?
God has AMAZING blessings and adventures in store for you, and for your family. But it is up to us to go after it ~ to go after HIM! Start chasing Jesus. Show your kids how excited you are about Him, about serving Him, about learning about Him. Give your kids the opportunity to live the MOST fulfilling, MOST blessed life - LIFE IN CHRIST!