One Good Reason for Persevering

“Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD… Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children…” (Psalm 128, excerpts)

Katie, Victoria, Calvin, Elanora, James, Virginia, and Ruby

Here are some of the best rewards for all our years of diapers, bandaging, feeding, car-seat buckling, chauffeuring, school planning and teaching, paper-correcting, arbitrating, Dr.-Seuss-reading, shoe-finding, potty-training, and general exhaustion. Grandchildren! Seven and counting! We finally got a picture when everyone was awake and happy!

What a joy to hear them talking about Jesus and singing the psalms already!

Don’t give up! Stay faithful, pray for strength and wisdom, and point your children to Jesus! It is oh-so-worth-it! 🙂

 

(Photo by Susannah)

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Pam,

    Your post was very sweet. I am so happy for you that most of your children are married to wonderful, Christian people and that God is blessing them with children. The reality for others isn’t like your story. We have 9 wonderful children ages 22-3 whom we have raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. They love Jesus and want to follow the path He has for their life. We have raised our daughters to be keepers at home. We have used most of your products in raising our children over the years. We are facing a difficult situation where we live. We don’t have the like minded young people around us. We are in a very dry area and we are all very lonely for fellowship. I can’t even imagine our kids getting married because there is no one here. Our church is void of young people. I hope and pray that we can have an ending like yours with happily married children and beautiful grandchildren. However, we know many families who are wondering what to do about getting their children married. I trust in the Lord. He has led us on this narrow path in raising our children against the culture and I know He has a plan for the future.

    Still persevering,
    Cindy

  2. Cindy,

    I can sympathize with your concerns, especially if you are in a church without young people. It can look pretty hopeless at times. But God is faithful.

    We would never have imagined the ways God has brought our children together with their spouses. He’s full of surprises and I have found that the season of our children seeking godly spouses has been a good lesson in teaching me that I’m not in control — God is. He loves my children even more than I do and knows exactly what they need to continue to grow in Him.

    It may mean a long period of waiting and trusting (and being busy at what He has given them to do now). It may be that He brings along someone very different than we imagined. It may be that He wants to teach them through disappointments and courtships that don’t end in marriage. We have to trust God to know and do what’s best.

    If God wants your children married, He is certainly not hindered by circumstances or distances or cultures. (“Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened , that it cannot save ; neither his ear heavy , that it cannot hear.”) He has written some pretty amazing love stories, and He will for your children, too, if His plan is for them to marry. He has loved and sustained them up to this point. He will continue do so. 🙂

    Thanks for bringing up a topic that I’m sure concerns many parents as their children reach marriageable age.

  3. What a beautiful beautiful picture!
    You are indeed blessed 🙂