Grace For Parenting
If you are overwhelmed by the responsibilities of being a parent today, I want to encourage you to believe that there is a provision and a grace for parenting. Instead of worrying and being anxious for your children, pray for them to experience God’s wisdom, favor and protection through Jesus Christ.
Before they go to bed at night, or before they leave for school, just lay hands on them and say, “Because you are a Jesus-boy (or Jesus-girl), day by day, you are increasing in the wisdom of God and in favor with God and men! Jesus will cause you to be at the right place at the right time.”
Cast your cares for your children to the Lord. Trust Him for the provision of wisdom to speak words of encouragement and life to them about making good decisions instead of bowing to peer pressure. As you meditate on His promises to bless, protect and equip your children for the challenges of life, know that the Lord has equipped and provided you with the grace to be an excellent parent!
Meditate On His Love
I find what Jesus said in Matthew 8:20 so beautiful. Let me tell you why. In the original Greek text, the word “lay” is a very unique Greek word, klino. It is seldom used in the New Testament. The only other place it is used in terms of Jesus resting His head is at the cross. When Jesus hung on the cross and cried, “It is finished,” the Bible says that “He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost” (John 19:30, KJV). The word “bowed” here is the same Greek word klino.
My friend, it was only at the cross that the Son of Man finally found a place to rest His head. Jesus found His rest in redeeming you, in saving you. He found His rest in loving you.
So beloved, feed on Jesus’ love for you. Listen to sermons or sing songs about His love for you. You will be surprised at how strong it will make you. You will become more than a conqueror, not through your love for Him, but through Him who loves you (Romans 8:37)!
God of all people,
Thank you for the reminder that ordinary people can do powerful things. May I be like Elijah and believe in the prayers I pray to you.
Do you ever wonder if prayer makes a difference? It did to Elijah. Elijah prayed, and it changed the weather. The writer of James makes it clear that Elijah was just like us, which means: our prayers can change things too. Prayer changes us. It changes how we see ourselves, how we see others, and how we see the world.
Sit down for a conversation with God and talk. Talk about anything: what you need, what you think others need, or what you think the world needs. What your hopes are, what your fears are, how you’re feeling today.
Whether our prayers change the weather or not, who knows? Anything is possible with God. What do we know for sure is that God uses ordinary people just like you, me, and Elijah to do powerful things.
~ Kim Crowley ~