The Making of a Mighty Warrior

The Making of A Mighty Warrior….

Nick runs excitedly to the next exhibit.  “I like the Holy Land Experiment (it is called Experience but he called it Experiment all day) better than Legoland,” he announces loudly.

What?

Better than Legoland?

Why? I ask.

“Because knowing about heaven is better than legos.”

Better than legos.

He does listen.

Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6

I ponder the countless hours this precious little boy spent in a hospital.  A hospital with a family full of faith and hope. A hospital with a very sick, terminally- ill, older brother. An older brother who was a mighty warrior.

What did we teach?

What did we learn ?

HIS plans are great and mighty for those little

feet of yours…

Our little soldier. A great man of God you

will come to be.

Well-meaning people questioned our decision to keep Nick with us in the hospital. With his brother. With his parents. Living in the moments. Loving with his family.

Learnings that will last a lifetime.

Dependency on God in the midst of trials… following God wholeheartedly.

If we overprotect our children, do we prevent them from the blessing of knowing where to turn when things get rough?

Then the Angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

The Lord calls Gideon a mighty warrior.

Gideon said to Him, “Please, Lord, how can I deliver Israel? Look, my family is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house.” – Judges 6:15

Gideon did not come from a powerful family. And he was the baby…believing himself to be young and weak. When the Angel of the Lord came to him, he was threshing wheat in a wine press. Hiding from the Midianites.

No one saw in him a mighty warrior.

No one except the One who had created him. Created him to be a mighty warrior.

We never know what a day will bring us. Storms await. There will be times when we feel too weak and maybe even, like Gideon, try to hide from the enemy.

Will we listen when HE says The Lord is with you, mighty warrior?”

Will we teach our children to be mighty warriors? Will we teach our children when something terrible happens that God is still good?

Education has a tremendous effect on men’s opinions and thinking habits. What children learn in the nursery, will be displayed throughout their lives.”—Cecil.

Parenting is hard work. We get tired. We make mistakes.

Raising a child is a blessing. A great responsibility.

We take great care of our children. Do we take great care of their soul?

 

  • Do we teach our children to read but don’t read the Bible with them?
  • Do we teach our children to cheer for a team, but not to cheer for God?
  • Do we teach our children to dial 9-1-1, but not how to call on God in a crisis?
  • Do we take our children to school, but not to church?
  • Do we give Easter baskets, but not teach the true meaning of Easter?
  • Do we prepare our children for life, but not for eternity?

If we don’t do these things, why not?

This life is busy. It’s messy. It’s not wrapped up neatly in a bow. It takes effort and work to raise a mighty warrior….especially when we don’t feel like mighty warriors ourselves.

But life has a way of stopping us. Shifting us. Training us.

Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. – 3 John 4

Our children learn what they live. If we want them to walk in truth, we must prepare them.

Preparing our mighty warriors….the final generations.

And perhaps in raising up our mighty warriors…WE become mighty warriors with them.

Praying God’s grace and guidance in the raising of our mighty warrior.

 PS – I highly recommend “The Holy Land Experience” in Orlando, Florida. An amazing day. www.holylandexperience.com

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6 thoughts on “The Making of a Mighty Warrior

  1. Thank you Wendy for more encouraging Words from our Lord, the Risen Savior to continue to fight the good fight of faith in Him even during the worst of times. I hope to visit and experience this place with children and grandchildren during trip to Orlando in October. What a mighty warrior God is raising up in Nick because you his parents are strong in Christ and know the true meaning of living by faith and not by sight. Your words bless and encourage me and so many others. I am thankful to be a part of the family of God. Have a blessed Easter as we celebrate this Holy season remembering what He has done for us all. It is powerful and He will give us courage to continue through any storm.

  2. Dear Wendy,

    What a lesson you have taught Nic, to rely on the one true God, the only one who is ever faithful.
    Many blessings to you and Ernie for teaching HIS ways as you walk and when you stand and when you gather……All of you are Mighty Warriors for our Father. The Holy Land site looks amazing, would love to visit someday…………It’s almost Friday………..but Sunday’s comin!
    Stay Strong Sister
    Joshua 1:9
    Praying for you and your family.

  3. Wendy, Thank you for sharing your heart. I wish that every mother & father could read and understand how important teaching their little ones about the Lord God Almighty is to these precious little ones. So many little children can tell you a lot about television & movie stars but know nothing about the most important person they could ever know. We need more people like you telling parents to wake up. You are a blessing.

    Enjoy your vacation!

  4. 1, This post seriously needs to be in a parents’ devotional somewhere. Excellent!

    2. You’ve totally made me want to take everyone to the Holy Land “Experiment!”

    Thank you, Wendy!

  5. Wendy all i can say is God has blessed me with such a wonderful friend like you even though we have never met. I feel like your family is part of mine. The words and pictures you post a so amazing God is with you all every step you take. My prayers are and still with you all.
    Thank you Wendy for taking all of us on your journey. God is in my driver seat while I fight cancer and taking chemo. Your words give all of us hope Thank you again.
    Debbie

  6. It is an inspiring post from you. I wrote a post regarding The Holy Land Experience and Im glad to read this. You have wonderful children, and may God bless you more! Indeed, The Holy Land Experience is better than legoland 😀