Wayward Children {Parenting}


You held her on your knee, rocking her back and forth, holding the well-loved Bible storybook, singing her songs of Jesus at naptime. Today she slams her bedroom door in your face and ignores your pleas that she got to church with you.

He clapped his hands in time, mimicking the gestures to the words of the church school song, eagerly answering Bible questions, sincerely praying by his bed. Now he raises his eyebrow with a cynical smirk at the idea of praying over meals.

What happened? And what do we do now?

When our children stray, when they doubt, when they live a life that seems to exclude God, we can do what God does with us. We can follow the example of his patience and discipline with wayward Israel, with wayward sinners and with wayward you and wayward me.

In our children’s rebellion against God, we often see our own detours of faith. Perhaps the only sane path to take is the one God takes with us. He waits. While we worry, he waits. While we wonder, he waits. While we wander, he waits. With love and patience, with undeniable consequences and with unwavering willingness to take us back, he waits.

~Bible verse: HOSEA 11:1-4
“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. But the more they were called, the more they went away from me.  They sacrificed to the Baals and they burned incense to images. It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them.
~Bible Verse: 2CHRONICLES 7:14
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
~Bible verse: 1PETER 3:9
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

I just finished day 7 of the YouVersion Plan Patience: God’s Wisdom for Moms. Check it out 🙂

❤ Blessed Mama ❤

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