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Raising Kids

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

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