I get emotional every time I think and pray for my nephews and nieces. Their ages range from 4 to 29. (3 are graduating from college, high school and kinder this month). Congratulations!
I have no kids, but they are more than enough to satisfy my longing for my own. My heart ache when they make mistakes but my heart is always filled with joy when they get up after a fall.
Watching them grow is a privilege. It’s like getting a front row seat to an elite opera. From the darndest things they say as they learn how to talk, to the way they think and view the world, to the way they conduct themselves as young adults-a tap on the shoulder for their folks is in order.
But the biggest kudos and glory go to the Lord. He equipped us with the necessary tools to raise them. We mess up sometimes but God’s guidance is never absent. With God as our driver, GPS is not needed.
Raising children is a full time job. They are our priorities, they come first and self second. Sometimes though, it doesn’t happen that way. When children are neglected and unnurtured, they grow up without the necessary skills to cope with the complicated world of adulthood. Invest in them so they can reap the profits themselves.
More than just providing for their basic needs, we ought to pray for them. Like Hannah, she prayed and dedicated Samuel to the Lord. We cannot be complacent. They are targets and they need the Lord’s shield to protect and keep them safe.
Impart biblical principles to them at a young age,
18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
*all pictures taken off google.