Friday, October 26, 2007

For Our Children


Edge of Design got me thinking about how maybe we should be doing a little more praying for our kids. She has been doing some great post on some things we should think about. Today is about allowing our kids to vent. It is good check it out.

Some of ya'll don't know the history we have had with our son Michael. He will be moving out at our request at the end of this month. A VERY hard decision for us. He has been heavy on my heart for several years. Now he will be on my mind just as often. Long story. But I have decided to make Friday a day to post something good about and for our children. Edge of Design will be having some great post concerning children-stop by and check her out. And if you would like to join in on Friday--let me know.

Here is a little something that Denise from Shortybears sent me. I thought it was good, and appropriate for me and mine at this time.

Prodigal Son’s Prayer – When The Story Becomes Personal
If you are a parent dealing with a wayward or prodigal child, you may be asking how to pray for him or her. As parents, we grieve over choices our children make. There is great power in a praying parent! And God draws near to the brokenhearted:

Lamentations 2:19 says, “Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children. . .”

You may be a parent who is “pouring out your heart like water” in God’s presence. Praying. Pleading. Begging for God’s infinite mercy to fall on your child at this very moment.

You may have a child who is using drugs or suffering from alcoholism. You may have one who is in prison or juvenile detention. Or you may have a son or daughter who is consistent ly making wrong choices.

Whatever the need, take heart that your Lord and Savior already knows all about it. He hears your heartfelt cry to Him. He wants to mend that broken heart of yours.

When you “pour out your heart like water,” you may feel empty. Emotionally spent. Drained. Psalm 22:14 says, “I am poured out like water and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax, it has melted away within me.”

It’s at that moment that you don’t feel you can cry another tear or pray another word. Don’t worry. The Spirit intercedes on your behalf. The Father knows your need. . .always. And He will answer in His time and in His ways. That we can be certain of, without a doubt.

How do we as Christian parents endure a broken heart in times of great distress such as this?

  • Trust – Remember that God is all-knowing, in control, and has a plan and a purpose.
  • Keep praying. Be persistent. Develop prayer partners. Keep pouring out your parent’s heart before the Lord.
He will strengthen you. He will mend your broken heart. You never know what He might have in store. It is very possible that there could be a wonderful testimony in the making!

Psalm 73:26 says, “My flesh and my heat may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Lord, I lay my heart before You
And I pour out my very soul.
Desperate, You know what I need
As empty before You I go.

Lord, strengthen my weary heart--
Make it strong once again.
For only You can meet this need,
Hold me tight, my Savior Friend.

I know no other way to go
I’m spent beyond my measure.
Fill me Lord, my Life, my Song
Spin my life with peace, Your Treasure.



******Be a little patient with me this next week. Things are going to be a little Topsy turvy. I promise to get caught up soon or as soon as I can.
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12 comments:

Mary said...

Sharon,

Thank you for this post. My heart is heavy because of a choice that my daughter and her husband have made. When I read this, I felt as though God was speaking to me. Thank you for sharing your heart. It sure uplifted mine.

Karen said...

I am praying that God does an awesome work in your son, and also that he gives you hope that you can just hold on to, and not feel despairing or all the other emotions that like to come in and bring sorrow. His grace upon you all, his hand over your family! Thanks for sharing this post.

Edge of Design said...

This is an encouraging post today and I would like to add another comment to it. I'm not saying this is going to be easy for any parent and I pray that I don't have to walk through something similar with my child. Nonetheless, it does give us a glimpse to the Father's heart on how He must feel as His Children willfully wander from all He desires for them. I'm not talking about children of the world but His. If anyone knows and can understand/relate to what it's like to have a prodigal, then it's definitely the Father of Fathers. Our Father!

Cynthia said...

I am praying for you and your family. Remember time for yourself during all of this;share it with God.

Denise said...

Bless you sis, praying for you always.

Melanie said...

I will keep your son and family in my prayers. This must be a very difficult time for all of you.

Regina said...

I love this post and bless you for sharing, I know others are going through similar pains. I pray that you find peace, reassurance, and restoration as you go through this time.

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Sandi said...

Thank you this post is something I forward to two friends who could use some comfort right now

SANDY said...

We will be lifting you and the family up in prayer as we also pray for our own children. I keep having faith that God will answer our prayers in time. While there is life, there is HOPE!

Cahleen 何凱琳 said...

I will be praying for you and your family. It's such a blessing to be able to love children so much; a glimpse of what God must feel for us. But at the same time, loving someone so much opens us up to so much hurt! Again, a glimpse of what God must feel for us.

Andrea said...

My parents went through hell with my brother when he was in his teen years. They could relate to you, I'm sure! I was witness to many things that will stay with me forever, and it's hard. It's one of my biggest fears of raising children of my own!

God bless!
(hugs)