Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
This scripture was brought to my mind as I talked with my brother tonight. We did not get along growing up and were always fighting. The only thing we were in agreement about was that we dreaded devotions and prayer time. We would roll our eyes at each other and moan in misery. Even though we were not really listening to the scriptures and prayers, a seed was being planted. Our parents lifted us up daily in prayer and gave us over to God. We were not bad kids, but we both had periods of rebellion. My brother was in constant trouble when he was a teenager and when old enough decided to join the Army. This decision probably saved his life. He now lives a Godly life with his beautiful family in Atlanta. I can see God moving in both of our lives. Our parents prayers were answered. They knew that alone they could not save us, but trusting in God and giving us up to him that he would take care of us. We cannot change people no matter how hard we try. All we can do is pray for them and let them see Christ living through us. My parents did that, and we owe them everything. We did not have all the material things growing up, but we did have everything we needed. But what are parents gave us was Jesus. They showed us how to have a personal relationship with him. This was the best gift. An eternal one that our heavenly father gave us.
So no matter what is going on in our lives and with our kids, just know that God is there. He hears our cry. Give them to God. Live a life that our kids will see Jesus and know that no matter what, Jesus is there for us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. God bless you and keep you.