These are some of my favorite quotes from chapter 3:
- The hard place is where we most need Him, the place where He likes to show off. pg. 94
- Could it be that you or I have given birth to an answer to prayer? pg. 95
- Instead of resisting their bents – their original wiring – I needed to honor the way God had wired them. I needed to pray for Him to reveal His plan and purpose for their lives so I could raise them “in the way (they) should go” (Proverbs 22:6) so they could one day fulfill what He had planned for them. pg. 104
Rachael told us to look around – there are so many things pulling our attention away from our kids, so many things that we value more than them. We need to turn our hearts back towards our children. It is a privilege and an honor to raise these sweet boys that God has entrusted to me.
It's important to note that acceptance of our kids doesn't mean permissiveness. Our children need to be well-disciplined because letting them run without boundaries and direction is one of the worst things that we could do for them.
I loved Rachael's question: “Could it be that you or I have given birth to an answer to prayer?” I know that both of my both are answers to my prayers. I have PCOD and it is a miracle that I have either one of them. But, there's something bigger than that. Who are they destined to be? What will they do with their lives? What prayers will they answer with how they choose to live their lives? It's my responsibility to teach and raise them towards their “bent”, the way God made them, so they will be equipped to follow God wherever He leads them.
Ready? It's your turn! What stood out to you in this chapter? Are your children answer to prayer? How are you raising them towards their “bent”? Share your thoughts, insights, and answers to any questions from the end of the chapter. Leave a comment and/or join the link up.