As a parent I have realized that you have to truly know who you are in Christ. I speak from experience as I am raising three girls and one boy all under seven. I know God gives you children as a blessing and we get the privilege to raise them, but a lot of times I think they are raising me. My third daughter just asked Jesus into her heart at three years old. My other two girls were young as well when they made that decision. It blows me away how much they have taught me to follow the Lord. As I see faith in my kid’s eyes, and through their lens, I can’t comprehend the overwhelming love they have for God. Their faith ignites my faith and causes me to strength my character in HIM.
I have learned what it means to pray and the power of prayer as I watch my girls talk to God like He is right there, and pour their hearts out to Him during the day. My middle daughter has a prayer chain that she made and has blue chains for the boys and pink chains for the girls that we pray for as a family. We break the chains off once the prayer is answered. They lay hands on each other and pray for healing when sick. My five year old daughter goes to a public school and is not ashamed of her faith! She got the teacher and class gather together to pray for her brother when he spiked a fever, and prayed for a little boy at recess because he was sad. I am sharing these things not to brag but to give you a glimpse of how God works through children. We should not be ashamed of who our God is and we are to tell others about Him. I get excited and on fire to see God move in our family because I know we have little prayer warriors and evangelists that are not afraid of what the world brings.
So I ask myself, where am I lacking in my faith? What can my children show me? Our children can certainly show us our weaknesses, but do we see the good and strengthen on those weaknesses? Are we maturing in our faith as we raise our family? Our children are looking to us as the models but a lot of times they show us how to be the example. I want to encourage you to fuel that fire and passion in your heart to be all that God has called you to be. As a parent, I challenge you to grow and mature with each trial and allow yourself to view your faith through your child. You must have the faith of a child as Mark states, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you, anyone who doesn’t have their kind of faith will never get into the Kingdom of God” Mark 10:14-15.