My Moments of Hope
These last few weeks I have watched God work in great big ways in my son’s life. Last spring he got very sick. It turns out, the mold we discovered in our home had significantly affected him.
Treatment is ongoing and long term because the mold triggered the crashing of his immunity system which then, in turn, triggered several other illnesses. He was hurting physically, mentally, and emotionally. Thankfully, so much progress has been made, though, and it has given my mama’s heart such joy to have my cheerful boy back again!
Seeing him once again laugh, engage in ministry, and come home from school each day having enjoyed his time is absolutely wonderful! Last week, he even got to play basketball again and didn’t feel miserable afterward! His smile was from ear to ear!
This weekend was his first Homecoming Dance! I just had to share this sweet picture of Zach and his precious friend, Delaney! I don’t know where the time has gone! How did my baby end up in high school already?
But what a blessing to see his love for Jesus grow. Especially during the difficult season, he has faced! Together, these two are incredibly bright lights. It’s in everything they do from their kindness, to their hard work, and to their willingness to help others. It’s in how they choose Jesus over everything else! And that is why they had so much fun! Because they have their priorities in proper alignment. Drama, false expectations, and unrealistic hopes weren’t a part of the evening.
I wish every young teen could have the opportunity to experience life this way. I wish I would have experienced life this way!
The joy of this last week has been my #MomentsofHope, but more importantly, it’s made me think of what is most important. As parents, we get wrapped up in worry. The concern for the right school. Good grades. Success in sports, music, or the arts. Being well-liked. We worry about whether this rule or that one is “fair”, if the PTO is doing the right fundraisers, or if our child will finish college in 3 years or 4 (or 5 or 6).
I’m not saying those things don’t matter. They do. But they certainly don’t matter more than whether or not our children follow Jesus.
You see, when they follow Jesus, everything else falls into place.
When their hearts get broken or they fail a test. Jesus gives them a comma where the hurt threatens to plant a period. He shows them they can learn from their mistakes and get stronger through refinement. He shows them He will take all things and work them together for a good that is better than anything they could have imagined.
And that is where I want to leave us. With the hope that our children will forever pursue Jesus and that as they do, they shine His light brightly wherever they go. That as the world threatens to distract them from their purpose, they keep their eyes on Him. The One who makes their paths right. The One who goes before them and follows after them. The only One who loves them more than we do.
If following Jesus is what you want for your children, you have to pray for it. If you aren’t sure where to start, I’ve created that starting place for you.
May this scripture prayer of Matthew 5:13-18 bless you today. May it not only be a moment of hope but may it be the prayer of your heart. A prayer that intercedes on behalf of your children and sets them on the path of purpose designed by God. And may each of your children, whether they are now young or old, seek to follow Jesus and shine His light brightly in all they do!
And, just so you know …
I’m so glad you’re here. ?