This last week my oldest son committed his life to the Lord. This is the praise every parent wants to share. My child has declared Christ as his Savior!
Frankly, this journey has been slightly terrifying. While it is an absolute joy to watch my children grow in their knowledge and love of the Lord, the responsibility factor is not lost on me.
As someone who was raised where faith was not nurtured and questions were left unanswered, I know where kids turn when parents do not build a faith-based environment. They turn away from the Lord. They turn to the world.
This is not what my husband and I want for our children. Praise that one of our sons is now living for Christ, but we are far from done.
- We have more children.
- Now we move from evangelism to discipleship with the oldest who is saved.
Hear my son, your father’s instruction
And do not forsake your mother’s teaching;
Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your headProverbs 1:8-9
This parenting journey is hard. I am not denying it. I ask God if I am setting the right example, if I am compassionate enough, if I am strict enough, if I am allowing space for initiative and independence. Most of all, I pray my children will see me as a woman who loves the Lord.
Parenting comes with control. But we cannot control our children’s salvation. As much as we guide and encourage (or neglect), ultimately this decision is not something to force. I am not Jesus, I am His servant. I am not the Lord, I am His child. It is up to my sons to ask Christ for forgiveness.
for whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.Romans 10:13
And I pray with all my might they do.