We survived financial reverses, odd baby-sitters, divorce, deaths, moves, aging family members, school issues, Scout camp, bad weather, community problems, neighborhood problems and a host of other challenges. Sometimes I was as upset as my children no matter how I tried to be cool, calm and collected. Sometimes my children asked questions I could not answer, and too often they did not ask and I did not know how to bring up important issues.
But I was deeply certain through it all that God was fully aware of our needs and was passionately involved caring for us and about us. After the initial shock, my response was, "God, you've got this. I'm so grateful because I need you to show me the way through this challenge or fearful time or adjusting to a new normal."
We have had many blessings and some of them have come wrapped in crumby stuff. We have been confused, frightened, terrified, and frozen, but a single word of prayer, a timid willingness to ask God for help brings things into focus. We sometimes are up to our necks in alligators as my sisters in the South say, but we are never without hope.
Lord, help me to keep my focus on you as I sort through today's challenges. Let me love and speak and act so that my children grow in confidence that You care for them, love them and work always for their highest good. Whisper in their ear that they may pray for their children and for me and for themselves. You are a good, good Father and I am so grateful. AMEN
Proverbs 14: 26 People who respect the Lord will be safe, and they will make their children feel secure.