"Are you willing to pray that your Father would glorify his name in your life, in your children's lives, no matter what the cost? Are you willing to smile at every weakness and calamity if it means that the power of Christ rests on you and the Father is glorified?" (Elyse Fitzpatrick in "Give Them Grace").
I don't think I'm willing. I want perfect kids. I want perfect obedience. I want success in the eyes of the world. I...
But it's not what I want that matters. He is all that matters. I must trust His plan. I cry out: "Lord I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief..."
"Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls." (1 Peter 1:8-9).
It is through my weakness that His power is made perfect. It is through difficulty that I cling more to His all-sufficiency. He has saved me & is fully capable to save my children.
"So, go ahead. Work at being a successful parent. Manage, nurture, train, and correct your children in faith today. Teach them of God's precious promises that are able to transform their hearts. Pray for their salvation and that they would come to know and believe the love that he has for them. But hold all your labors, all your prayers, and all your plans very loosely. And make it your overriding desire that the Father would be glorified in every aspect of your life, whichever way he turns it" (E. Fitzpatrick).
Lord, it is difficult for me to desire your glory even at the cost of my children not turning out "perfectly". Change my desires. Help me overcome my unbelief. Help me to hold my plans loosely. Be the Father to my children. Amen.
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