My husband continued in our prayer meeting this week a series of messages from Colossians 1 on prayer.
He shared how Paul was praying for the believers at Colosse to be . . .
Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Colossians 1:11
Paul was praying that they would be fortified or strengthened to walk a powerful walk according to God’s glorious power so that they could live with patience and longsuffering and through the patience and longsuffering also be joyful.
This made me think of my last post and how I shared my how I had a discouraging week with my daughter.
But the Lord gave us many enouragements this week too — which I will share later.
However, this thoughts of longsuffering and patience and joyfulness through it all made me think:
Maybe we, as parents, go through trials in our parenting to grow us – not to change our kids.
Here we see in this verse that Paul is praying that they would be strengthened. I need strength from God in parenting. Then He prays that this strength would give them patience and longsuffering with joyfulness. Patience involves enduring difficult circumstances, and longsuffering involves enduring difficult people. Both of those can be true in parenting. Sometimes there are difficult circumstances of making the right decision and handling situations in the right way. Sometimes children are difficult. But God says that He can strengthen us and give us the patience and longsuffering we need . . .
. . . with joyfulness!
Maybe my kids are watching me to see if I’m real — if I’m living out my Christian life with joy in the difficult times. That when they test and try, I still have joy from above. Maybe if I live out this verse, there wouldn’t be as many difficult times.
When my kids see me using the supernatural power of God and not complaining about circumstances or not retaliating against difficult people, they too may see that they can avail themselves of God’s power to do their difficult tasks that they have to do without complaining and with a joyful attitude. Of course, this is is a decision they must make and ask God to help them do it, but if they don’t have an example of a mom doing it, then how do they know it is truly possible?
Then we had an awards program for Upward basketball. Here is what I shared on Facebook on my personal page:
As parents, we know our kids are not perfect. And there are times when we can get discouraged. Then God gives us something to encourage our hearts.
That’s what happened this week.
Three of our kids participated the past couple of months in the Upward Sports basketball program. My oldest daughter has always wanted to play on a basketball team. Since we don’t have a team at our school and we are new to the area and don’t know of all the resources that might be available, we found this program that was about 40 minutes from us. Our last game was yesterday, and the awards ceremony was tonight (Sunday). We told our kids we weren’t going to the awards ceremony as we had our own Sunday night service to go to. They understood and were fine with that.
Yesterday, I went and thanked Joshua’s coach for all that she did and told her that we would not be coming to the awards ceremony. She said, “Oh, no! I’m not supposed to tell you this, but Joshua is getting the trophy for the Christ-like award for our team, and I know 1-2 of your girls are too!”
Our desire has always been that our kids will have hearts that are Christ-like. So knowing this changed things. We went to the awards ceremony. They did not know they were getting an award, and I didn’t know who was getting an award besides Joshua and maybe one of our girls. It was such a surprise when all three of them got a trophy!
Not only was tonight an encouragement to me as a mom, but I know it was an encouragement to my kids, especially to my oldest daughter. I am so thankful to their coaches who invested in the lives of my children and were positive, encouraging, and showed them that sports is fun, but living for God is what counts.
Please pray with me that this is award is what is real in their hearts and will continue to grow!
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