Last night, my husband shared a prayer from Isaiah 6 where Isaiah asked God to send him. He shared how Isaiah first glorified the Lord, confessed his own sin, and then he could be used by God.
But that prayer did not speak to me as much as some previous prayers that I already shared on these Thoughtful Thursdays I feel like we have answered God’s call and have been “sent.” We are still in the wonderful USA, but we left all we knew and went 24 hours away from our parents and relatives to follow the Lord’s leading. We are so thankful that we did, but that does not make everything easy.
In our “sending”, our children were sent too, and they must now adjust. Most of them are doing well, but our oldest still struggles. She does not enjoy BJU videos — and she has to do them for some of her classes. She cannot do certain sports. There are a lot of things she just has to comply, submit, and make the best of the changes.
Now I can look at this two ways, and I go back and forth between both of these options:
- She still has a great life. She is healthy, has a family that loves her, and she chooses to be thankful and happy, she will be! Also, the Lord has allowed this in her life. He is sovereign, and so we must trust that He is working in this for her good. And yes, we have said this line of thinking to her.
- She is 13, and that is a hard age for any girl. But now she has all these changes on top of just regular life. She has to make new friends, give up old friends, adjust to a new school and youth group, and be content about it all.
So instead of praying, “Send me!” I’m still praying Asa’s prayer, “Help me!” and Solomon’s prayer, “Give me wisdom!”
Parenting is the most humbling task that I have ever done. Every day, parenting shows me that I need God. It drives me to pray because it is obvious that I cannot do it on my own. This is what I should be doing all the time, yet parenting makes my need for God’s help obvious!
I turn again today after seeing tears — and a little bit of hurt and anger — to some of my favorite verses that I call upon in the battle. Sometimes parenting can be a battle. Not all the time. There is fun in parenting. There are days of joy. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. But some days are hard because we are all sinners in a sinful world. I think that God knows we need hard days so that we need Him.
In those hard days, run to His Word. There are verses of wisdom and encouragement. Here are some of my favorite verses. I put them all on this one 8″ x 10″ piece of paper for me — and for you! If you ever need encouragement, run to God’s Word! You can click on the picture below to print this picture.
Then run to God Himself in prayer. I love this quote from Moody:
Some people think God does not like to be troubled with our constant coming and asking. The way to trouble God is not to come at all. Dwight L. Moody
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