Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sunday Ponderings...The Calling of a Parent....



Joining Charlotte and Ginger here for a refreshing reading and sharing for the spirit:

http://bloggerspirit.blogspot.com/



BEING A PERFECT PARENT DOESN'T MATTER. BEING A PRAYING PARENT DOES. - Stormie O'Martian

"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask HIM." Matthew 7:11




"...The only way to be sure that God IS in control of our children's lives is to surrender our hold and allow HIM full access to their lives. The way to do that is to live according to HIS Word, and HIS ways and pray to HIM about everything. We can trust God to take care of our children even better than we can. When we release our children into the Father's hands and acknowledge that He is in control of their lives, and ours, both we and our children will have greater peace.



We can't be everywhere. But God can. We can't see everything. But God can. We can't know everything. But God can. No matter what age our children are, releasing them into God's hands is a sign of our faith and trust in Him and is the first step toward making a difference in their lives. Prayer for our children begins there."
{The Power of a Praying Parent - Stormie O'Martian}





Prayer to Pray: (Stormie O'Martian)

Thank You, Lord, for the precious gift of children. Because Your Word says that every good gift comes from you, I know that You have given them to me to care for and raise. Help me to do that. Show me places where I continue to hang on to them and enable me to release them to Your protection, guidance, and counsel. Help me not to live in fear of possible dangers, but in the joy and peace of knowing that You are in control. I rely on You for everything, and this day I trust my children to You and release them into Your hands....



"Our deeds, our priorities, our values will come home to rest in our front yards through the lives of our children...Beating within the heart of every decent parent is a desire to set our children on the right course." - Rolf Zettersten


"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth."
III John 1:4


18 comments:

Julie Harward said...

I so agree with every word in this post Julie...and I treasure the last scripture too...that is my greatest hope and joy too. Have a wonderful Sabbath day :D

Theresa said...

Oh what a sweet post! I love the scripture too:) Thank you Julie for your support, sweet comments and continued prayers! Without prayer, how do people make it! Have a blessed Sunday! BIG HUGS!

billypandnikkysmom said...

Great post....none of are perfect all we can do is learn for our mistakes and hope that our children learn too, God is good & He will watch over our babes when we cannot! Have a great day, praying for your son & hoping that you get to hear his sweet voice soon! Have a great day, hugs & prayers coming your way!!!

nannykim said...

Love stormie O and I have found it so true. God does amazing and powerful things in our kids lives.

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation Issues said...

Amen and AMEN. Great devotional and wonderfully encouraging Bible verses. Thank you for a sweet Spiritual Sunday. :)

Sandy said...

Wonderful post and I agree with all you said.
I enjoy Stormie's writings very much.
God bless all of our wonderful kids.
Hugs,
Sandy

Whidbey Woman said...

This post is going to inspire and encourage many weary parents out there. Praise the Lord!

Dianna said...

Thank you, sweet Julie, for this precious post. I needed to hear this today...not yesterday, not tomorrow...but TODAY. God's timing is perfect and i thank Him for your obedience to share your heart here today.

Love, hugs and prayers,
Dianna

sarah said...

as a mom, I love this post..we can't be everywhere...but He can and being a praying mom is better than anything. You got a great looking family.....

Sweet Tea said...

Timely words for me.
You have a beautiful family.
Niced to meet you!

Virginia said...

What a Blessing reading your post was to me .
So very true.
Sweet Blessings,
Virginia

INSIDE THE SHRINK said...

How inspiring and challenging! Praying for our children no matter what their age is vital as a parent. Thank you for reinforcing that. A truly great blog. God bless you, Bobbi

Sandy said...

Just like all of the others who commented, I so agree with every word of this post! Thank you for sharing!

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

The power of a praying parent!Thank-you for this great post.
Blessings,
Ginger

Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads said...

As a military spouse, I have great respect for those military moms who are able to give it all to God. My daughter is only 11, and I already have a constant struggle to really, truly give her completely to the Lord. I don't know why I try to maintain that control - it's always better when it's in His hands.

Prayer is the best thing that we can do for our kids no matter their age. Have a blessed week.

CACHANILLA73 said...

Beautiul post, Julie, I love Stormie's books, my favorite: "The Power of a Praying Wife".

JOE TODD said...

Great looking family Semper Fi

KK said...

Last photo, from right to left: the tech-geek, the emo, the soldier, and the bodybuilder-geek (very rare).