I grew up around church; not in the church. As a young adult, I went to church out of habit. I clearly knew about God but I did not know Him. This impacted many of my life choices; most notably, how I raised my children. I focused on giving them a better life than I had but only in terms of material things. What I needed to give them above all else was God. While I could quote Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it – I had no spiritual understanding of what that meant. You see I brought my children to church but I never focused on them being in church beyond attendance. Outside of service, there was little to no family time focused on God.
I am learning to move past the guilt and shame of my actions and choices by embracing God’s forgiveness and unconditional love. Parenting young adults is not easy and trying to instill a spiritual foundation once they think they know all they need to know about life, can be daunting. I understand that I can’t give up or fall out. I must stand and fight! Oh, but this isn’t a natural fight. I have to fight in the spirit realm by continuing to grow in my relationship with God, staying connected to my local church, developing a consistent prayer life, study of the Word and personal devotions.
I am trusting God to restore the years for my family. I am learning to speak life to my children and emphasize godly principles for every situation and circumstance. This includes speaking the truth in love so that I teach and reach. As I continue to pray for my family, I am no longer worried about rejection – God is bigger than the situations that may come against me. I am staying focused and I won’t quit in my reach mission. My family is worth fighting for!
BY CHRISTINE MALLORY