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Faith Focus: How will it all turn out?

Let me be transparent: I just don’t know how this is going to turn out.

I have two children – a 6-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl. They’re precious and sweet and courageous and amazing. What they know and what they do blows me away nearly every day. They’re awesome. I can’t imagine having better kids than mine.

Still, they’re 6 and 9. There’s a lot of life ahead of them – great experiences, and, potentially, bad ones. And a whole lot of choices. I don’t know which paths they’ll choose. I don’t know what they’ll become.

I just don’t know how this is going to turn out.

Maybe you’re like me today. Pondering your children’s futures. It becomes easy to worry.

I may not have specific answers about our children’s futures, but we have the principles God provided about how to raise our children. Passages such as Deuteronomy 6:6-7, Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:4 and Colossians 3:21. They’re trustworthy because he is trustworthy.

More than that, we have God, who asks us to lay our anxieties down before him. He wants us praying for our children. Philippians 4:6 says: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

We may not know how our children will turn out. But we know God is working in their lives as he is in our own. Part of the excitement and the adventure is finding out what will happen.

Together, let’s try to enjoy it.

Deeper reflection:
• When is the last time you asked God to guide your parenting? Will you do it today?
• What would it look like for your child to be a Godly adult? How can you instill those values in your child?

Next steps:
• Pray with your child today.
• Fear of the unknown stops many people from adopting. Is it stopping you? During November, National Adoption Month, talk to an adoptive parent about what their experience adopting has been. If you don’t know any, contact us, and we can help you. Don’t let fear of the unknown interfere with God’s calling on your life.

This is part two (of two) in this devotional series. To read part one, click here.

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