- Lisa's Jars of Joy
Having two children under the age of four can be challenging! No, let me rephrase that.
“Having children is challenging.” My daughter and son in law are blessed with two little
girls and life is full on a daily basis. The other day, my daughter shared the following
story. Her fuse was short and she yelled at Emmie. After calming down, she explained
to her daughter that sometimes “mommies lose their temper.” Emmie replied, “Well, I’ll
help you find it mommy.” Talk about humbling!
This and many other funny and not so funny moments happen on a daily basis.
Motherhood and Fatherhood are indescribably tough and beautiful all at the same time.
Raising children requires sacrifice, dedication, discipline, and tons of love and laughter.
The New Testament records Jesus spending time with the little children. One day
children were brought to Jesus in the hope that He would lay hands on them and
pray over them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus intervened: “Let the
children alone, don’t prevent them from coming to Me. God’s kingdom is made
up of people like these.” And He placed His hands on their heads and blessed
them before He left. Matthew 19:14-15 MSG/ESV
Father God, You love kids of all ages! I pray for all the moms and dads, single or
married; who are in the season of raising kids. They have a huge task to fulfill. Bless
their efforts and help them to do the best they can with what they know. Also, there are
many children who are not in safe situations. They are being abused, neglected, and
even taken advantage of in ways that are too horrible to describe. You see them and
you care. Please, in Jesus‘ Name, rescue them. Use those of us who see what is
going on to step up and act when we can. Amen.
Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift? The fruit of the womb His
generous legacy? Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows are the children of a vigorous
youth. Oh, how blessed are you parents, with your quivers full of children! Your
enemies don’t stand a chance against you; you’ll sweep them right off your
doorstep. Psalm 127:3-5 MSG