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Some days, I’m sure I’m leaving my children with more baggage than a legacy.  Mommy guilt grabs hold and my mind races ahead ten years.  Turning on the television set, I’m surprised to notice one of my estranged children–now an adult–pouring out his heart to the Jerry Springer or Dr. Phil of the decade.  “Join us today as one of the Kennington children shares How My Mother Ruined My Life and Other Ugly Truths.”

Okay.  I’m exaggerating.  But, there are times I think I should be investing in a counseling fund instead of a college fund.

And then, there are the moments when I know I’m being a great mom.  When a feverish child finds comfort in my arms or I’m huddled under a blanket in the icy rain at a football game–cheering between chattering teeth.

An honest assessment of my mothering leaves a lot of room for reliance on God.  As Stormie Omartian says in her book, The Power of a Praying Parent, “The key is not trying to do it all by ourselves, but rather turning to the expert parent of all time–our Father God–for help.”

By nature, I cling to worry and fear.  Only by entrusting my children to Him through daily–and often minute-by-minute prayer–do I find relief from the burden of concern.  Why?  Because I know God’s power is unleashed in the lives of those I love most when they are given to Him.

It’s a continual struggle…trusting….releasing.  But the power of prayer–or, more accurately–the power of the One to whom I pray reassures me.  Baggage or legacy–these children are mine because He intended it.

Verse for Today  “Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lard.  Lift your hands toward Him for the life of your young children.”  Lamentations 2:19

Scripture for Study  1 Samuel 1:1-28

Questions for Reflection

  • In what way is God directing you to dedicate your child to Him?
  • How have you seen Him interceding in the life of your child?

Practical Application

  • Make a list of prayer requests (current and future)
  • Pray each night with your spouse or on a regular basis with another parent for your children (Matthew 18:20)
  • Keep praying until you have an answer to that prayer.  (Jeremiah 33:3)

 

 

 

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Legacy:  something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past legacy of the ancient philosophers  (www.merriam-webster.com)

I want to leave a legacy for my children.  Not a legacy of riches.  Not a “good” name.  Not even a standard of behavior to pattern their lives after.  I want my children to know how to commit themselves to family, love those who are unloved, and realize their purpose in life.   Most of all, I want my children to grow up in a home full of Christ.  But, how?

Even with all of my good intentions, how can I pass on such lofty concepts when I can’t live up to them myself?  It all begins with sharing the truth of Christ.

Feel free to join me these next two weeks as we explore ways to leave our children with a legacy that lasts more than a lifetime.

Scripture for reflection  Listen, dear friends, to God’s truth, bend your ears to what I tell you.  I’m chewing on the morsel of a proverb;  I’ll let you in on the sweet old truths,  Stories we heard from our fathers,  counsel we learned at our mother’s knee.  We’re not keeping this to ourselves,  we’re passing it along to the next generation—  God’s fame and fortune,  the marvelous things he has done Psalm 78:1-4

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