The Making of A Mighty Warrior….
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.
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?”
“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.
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