What’s a mother to do?

I work for a local school system in the childcare. One of the mothers is having a tough time with her three-year-old son. Here is the letter I sent the mother. I hope it helps her and anyone else having a hard time dealing with a specific issue with your child.

    Dear —–,
    I so admire yall’s diligence with —-. Yall are doing a great job. I was praying about what to say or do to encourage you and I thought I would just share with you some things that have helped me through the years of raising my four children.

    First of all, I had to constantly claim 1 Thessalonians 5:24 “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” God has called you to be —-’s mother and He will do it through you.

    Another thing that helped was whenever one of my children was struggling in a certain area, I would try to find a scripture to help him learn and to pray for him. Isaiah 55:11 says “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

    According to this scripture, there is power in the Word, so we should send it into our children and God will accomplish what He purposes with it. For example when one of my sons was struggling with anger we learned and prayed Proverbs 29:8 “A wise man turns away anger”. Or when they were struggling with showing kindness we learned and prayed
    Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another”.

    Lastly, I once heard an old pastor named Oliver Price say that “God works in the life of children through the parents, and the parents works in the life of the children through prayer.” There have been so many times that all I could do was just admit I couldn’t handle a situation and give my child back to Him and just pray for him or her. Sometimes I think God is saying, “Just get out of the way and let me handle the situation.” After all, God loves our children more than we do and desires even more than we do that they turn out good!

    I just wanted you to know I was thinking of you. I have really grown to love —- and so enjoy the time I get to spend with him. Don’t worry about him; he is such an amazing little boy and I know he will grow to be a wonderful man of valor.




Wonderment of a Child

All of these passages point to the childlike wonderment, but I couldn’t think of just a single verse.

I thought of this story because the children were so excited and filled with wonder to see Jesus, they started running around and shouting praises without any inhibitions.

    Matthew 21:15-16 (Living)

    But when the chief priests and other Jewish leaders saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the little children in the Temple shouting, “God bless the Son of David,” they were disturbed and indignant and asked him, “Do you hear what these children are saying?”
    [16] “Yes,” Jesus replied. “Didn’t you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, ‘Even little babies shall praise him!’ ”

This points out that it pleases God for children to experience things with more understanding than an adult.

    Matthew 11:25-26 (Living)
    And Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding the truth from those who think themselves so wise, and for revealing it to little children. [26] Yes, Father, for it pleased you to do it this way! . . .

These next two point out that God wants us to come to Him like a child. Maybe He wants us to experience all of life like a child!!!!

    Matthew 18:1-4 (Living)
    About that time the disciples came to Jesus to ask which of them would be greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven!
    [2] Jesus called a small child over to him and set the little fellow down among them, [3] and said, “Unless you turn to God from your sins and become as little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. [4] Therefore anyone who humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

    Luke 18:16-17 (NLT)
    Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. [17] I assure you, anyone who doesn’t have their kind of faith will never get into the Kingdom of God.”

Love you bunches!