This past week we had National Hoops Ministries come to our church to do an Evangelistic outreach for our areas teens.
Peter and I cannot speak highly enough of this ministry. The kids who come out for the event are usually totally unchurched and unfamiliar with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We had 17 kids trust Christ this past weekend, and we were blessed to be part of that.
Jonathan Washer stayed with our family. He really has a heart for kids and our own kids adopted him as a sort of older brother…at least Hope felt right at home teasing him and giving him the business during a game of Monopoly.
He was a great sport as he joined in with our families activities.
You might remember that his wife, Emily guest posted for us and wrote Great Expectations? last year, which was a blessing. Emily was not able to come, as she has another “Great Expectation” coming in about 9 months.
This weekend was also Mother’s Day. We celebrated by having my side of the family over for lunch. Both of my grandmothers are still living and we were able to enjoy a lovely afternoon with them.
We also heard a wonderful sermon at church on Sunday about the importance of living a life of faith as we raise our children. Peter’s brother spoke about Moses’ mother and her knowledge of God. He included this quote which was excellent:
“You can do all sorts of things by faith. It rides the whirlwind, but it threads the needle; it climbs up to the throne of God, and yet it stands by a baby’s cradle; it can obtain the promises, but it can sit down and twist bulrushes [Moses' mother] THERE IS NOTHING THAT FAITH CANNOT MAKE NOBLE WHEN IT TOUCHES IT. You need not say “I want to get away from my daily business, or from my domestic concerns in order to show my faith.” No, no; stop where you are and show it. ”
~Spurgeon on the “Hiding of Moses By Faith”
Many times I believe mothers interfere with what God has planned for their children’s lives simply by refusing to let go of them, as though they can protect/guide them better than God can.
Pastor John spoke of Jocabed, Moses godly mother, who had no dillusions about her ability to protect little Moses, so she released him into the hands of a God who could.
If God has willed something for your child, don’t you think that grasping and overprotection (really fighting with God over your “perceived control”) is damaging to your own faith, your child and to your testimony?
Why proclaim a God you cannot trust with your child?
So many women believe that they are in control of their kids. Although we do have the responsibility to protect them in our homes there is a huge difference and a fine line between “motherly protection” and being over bearing control freaks.(read: I trust nobody but myself. Only I know what is best for my child.)
I had a young girl tell me, “I hope I am never like my mother.” That is just plain sad.
In youth ministry, we have seen the whole spectrum. Total indifference to what a kid does on one hand, and totally micromanaging a child so that they are unable to function in the real world. One end of the spectrum is negligent of their duty before God to guide the child in the right path, and on the other end of the spectrum, the parent is guilty of self sufficiency and trying to play god.
Mothers need to check their feelings and hearts to make sure that their children have not become their idols.
SPEAKING of teens, our oldest leaves in one week of a ten week missions trip. Please pray for her safety and that God would be real to her this summer. It is my prayer that her walk with God will be deepened as she is forced to depend upon His grace and strength this summer.
Did you make any resolutions this past Mothers Day? Can you trust God with your kids?