Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | April 10, 2012

Parenting for eternity

Today’s guest writer is Annie McCune.  There is more information about Annie at the end of this post.

If I could share one gem of advice with parents it would be: You have been entrusted with a precious eternal life from the hands of Father God. Be aware of what that entails.

 1. Parenting is hard work. As the mother of four children who came in rapid succession over a 7 period I know first hand:  the exhaustion, the sleepless nights, the work (physical, mental, and spiritual) involved in everything from changing diapers to helping move into college dorms and everything in between and beyond.

2. Parenting means you’ve been given a child with a unique set of needs and an instruction manual that is only revealed day by day as you pray and listen. No two children (even twins) will have the same needs or journey to accomplish. Remember that though they look like you, they are God’s. Check in daily with their Maker for the wisdom needed and the strength to finish the day.

3. Parenting is a humbling experience. Throughout our years of parenting there have been times when we have definitely failed our kids and disappointed Father God. There are times when they embarrassed us. We have needed to ask for forgiveness, give forgiveness and ask God to heal and restore us all with never failing unconditional love! The good news is that He does!

4. Parenting is the greatest job you’ll ever be given. What a privilege to be the most important source of tangible love, protection, comfort and encouragement your child will ever know. When these are not given by their parents, children will seek them elsewhere…often with disastrous results. Please be there for them. At the end of your days there will be no greater joy than to know you did your best, and to have your children loving you in return.

5. Parenting has rewards that last a lifetime and beyond. Our middle son (25) was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. It has been an unsettling time. Yet when I asked him how he was doing…he replied, “Mom, I know God, and worst case scenario, heaven is a great place, my hope is not in this body or this life.” Wow. Eternal life, eternal rewards. As his parents and we couldn’t be happier than to know he understands his purpose here and for eternity. What a privilege to be his parents!

You may want to pray this prayer with me today: Thank you Lord for the incredible gift of children….given to us here yet destined for eternity. Help me be a good parent today. Amen!

Annie McCune is a praying mom and Co-Executive Director of the Franklin Graham “Rock the Lakes Buffalo Festival”… www.billygraham.org/buffalo and www.facebook.com/RocktheLakes

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