It’s a powerful thing. It’s messy and beautiful. It’s challenging and rewarding. It can be so delicate, yet so strong.
Raising children with a purpose is not easy. We tend to see our children through our eyes. We usually see them as needy, interruptions, or nagging. Those words are harsh, but most of us must admit that a lot of times, that’s just how we see them. I’ll be honest with y’all, a lot of times that’s how I view mine. We’re human and we’re selfish. We want things the way we want it and when we want it. We don’t like to be interrupted or for things to get in the way of what we’re doing. So lately, I’ve been asking God to let me see my boys through His eyes and I challenge you Mamas to do the same.
Children are an heritage of the Lord. They are His inheritance to us. That’s so rich and deep and really more than we can comprehend. They are something to be cherished. When we see this, then we can really see past the here and now. We can see past the mundane things of everyday life. Washing dishes time over and over, washing clothes multiple times a day, cleaning up messes, and breaking up fights can really weigh us down. We may think, will they ever grow up? We may be tempted to slip at truly raising them in the admonition of the Lord. Yet, if we’ll push through and go to the Word, we can be encouraged to raise them as God desires.
God has been showing me the awesome qualities my little boys have, even at these tender, young ages. It’s so easy to forget they are young men in the making. They’ll soon one day grow up to live without us as parents. When we see our children with the eyes of the Father, we then start to really grasp our impact as parents. It’s an amazing thing when we start seeing our children through God’s eyes. We see the potential they have and how He can bring it to fruition. They are as arrows in a bow, meant to shoot far into the world for the glory of God. We can teach them how to seek God and follow His ways, then send them out into the world to further His kingdom.
Putting God’s Word in them while they’re young is so vitally important. It’s never too late to teach our children God’s Word, but it’s so much better to plant that seed at a young age. I’ve been seeing some wonderful things in my boys that make me excited! It makes my heart swell really. I can’t imagine what God may do with them in the future.
I encourage you to go to the Father and ask Him to open your eyes so you can see your children through His eyes. We have a privilege to raise them and impact them. We can be their biggest influence if we will love them like Jesus loves us. So pray, intercede, and shoot those arrows.
Lord, thank You for our children. Thank You for the gift they are to us. Help us to see them beyond our eyes and help us to see them through Your eyes. May we teach them Your ways and Your law. May we impart into them Your Word so they can be strong men and women to serve You. May we love them as You do and send them out to do Your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.