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 effected 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 afterwards! 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 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 yourchildren, 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!
Featured Hope-filled Post
Here’s the neat thing about kids who follow Jesus. They begin to know Him and know what His Word says. They begin to embrace His love and love Him great big right back. And when that happens, they desire to shine His light brightly. One way we shine His light brightly is by adding value to others. John Maxwell is one my favorites who often talks about the importance of adding value to others. Last week, Kari Lynn Snyder from Intentional and Joyful Living shared How to Teach Your Kids to Show Value to People with us here at #MomentsofHope. It is this week’s featured post because I think it is a great big something we can easily teach our children! Something that will impact not only the lives of our children for the better, but something that will make a huge positive impact upon our world!
So, friends, today would you stop to pray for your children? And then, stop by Keri’s blog to read this post. Maybe you can grab an idea or two to incorporate into your everyday lives with your children! And would you give her some great big #MomentsofHope love while you are there? Thanks so much! You all are the BEST!
Now, friends, it is time for you to share some more hope with the world! I am praying that God has hand-picked hearts that will be encouraged through your words. I pray He uses your words to point boldly to the hope found only in Him! Thank you for sharing your words here. They matter and don’t ever forget it!
And, just so you know …
I’m so glad you’re here. ?
What I ask of you:
1. Share only one URL (to a blog post, not the actual blog) that resonates with the topic of HOPE. Anything that gives us hope for tomorrow. Hope for victory. The little things and the big. Anything that inspires us to lean into Jesus and let Him carry us through.
2. Important: If you don’t have a blog post or podcast that resonates with HOPE, join in other ways as you pray and encourage others with a comment or a prayer.
3. Please leave a comment on the link just before yours. Would you love on them well? Encourage them in their efforts to share the hope of Jesus. If you have time, stop by more than one sweet writer’s little corner of the blog world!
4. Of course, I would love it if you would follow me via my blog and/or social media channels! Signing up for my blog gets you fun freebies and post updates, plus I get to know you a little better!
5. If this gives you hope, would you consider sharing it with others to give them hope, too?
6. Please either grab the #MomentsofHope button found here or link back to me to encourage new linkers.