Parent Access to the Three in One
God is Always Present and Available
As christian parents you always have access to the best emergency hotline. Let us be real sometimes we face things when we are parenting that are very challenging. They do not require us to rely on the physical realms resources like calling 911 for a broken foot. Or maybe dialing 411 for information. Or using the internet to see what someone else might have tried but they are parenting emergencies none the less.
In these cases you have the best emergency hotline. No waiting in lines. No switchboard to answer to. God is your 3 in 1 (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). There are no appointments. No waiting in the waiting room for someone to see you. You have complete access any time twenty four hours a day. All you have to do is pray. You have God's assurance that he will be there the moment you call.
Mathew 7:7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
This verse says to ask and it will be given to you. Whatever you ask for in prayer know that you already have the response. It may not always be yes sometimes it might be no but it is an answer. No doesn't mean never it may just mean not now. Never give up hope. Continue seeking. The verse tells you that if you continue seeking you will find what you are looking for. Sometimes what we think we are looking for may not always be what we find. Sometimes what we find is God's will for our lives in a different form then we anticipated. Knock and he will answer. This tells us that no matter the time, no matter the day, no matter the hour when we knock God answers. He may not always give us the response we are looking for in his answer but we trust that it is part of the bigger plan not just for our lives but for our family as well.
Thank God that we have a God that even when our communication with him may not be a regular thing he still answers.
God is Your Co-Parent be in Relationship With Him
Parents God is your co-parent remember to include him. Build a relationship with you father in heaven. When you have a relationship with God you become sensitive to his spirit, which provides discernment.
When I was raising my child the spirit of God would prompt me when something was not going copacetic. I knew when something was going on because God would provide me with insight and revelation through my relationship with him. .
Prayer is Your Connection to the Three in One
Being in relationship with God as a christian parent should be a part of your everyday. Don't wait until you are going through a crisis to call on him. What I have learned through relationship with God is that I can avoid crisis through prayer. What might have happened did not happen as a result of being in relationship with my heavenly father. As christian parents we want to avoid the pitfalls that the enemy tries to set for our children. We may not always be able to avoid them all because we know that in this life there shall be trouble but we can navigate through the storm with God's help knowing that we will be victorious.
When I was parenting my child I would kid around and say "mommy can see everything". One day my child said "mommy how is it that you always know when something is going on". I said "because I have a relationship with God. When God gave up his life on the cross he said that he would send us a comforter. The comforter is the Holy Spirit that lives on the inside of every christian parent. The Holy Spirit serves as our counselor among other things. He prompts us when things are not what they should be through heavenly discernment. At that moment my child said "could you tell the Holy Spirit to stop being your friend". I chuckled because it wasn't that my child didn't love God or the Holy Spirit it was that my child could not get away with anything without me first knowing about it. That is the wonderful thing about being in relationship with God. He let's you know what is happening so that you can stand in prayer for your family and avoid crisis or be able to have the necessary tools to navigate through the storm.
Wake Up Don't be a Sleeper
Parents as christian's we have to be alert and watchful. The enemy never sleeps. He will find a way in. Most times he will walk right through the front door without you even noticing that he has gained access to the most precious gift God has entrusted to you, your children.
1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
God is Your Emergency Hotline
As a parent we will face trials and tribulations. God never said in his word that life would be easy. I thought as a parent I was doing all the right things. I was going to church. I was praying. I put my child in a christian school. I thought everything was smooth sailing. Until the enemy walked right in through the front door. I say the enemy because God's word tells us that we do not fight against flesh and blood. Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
I thought my child was safe. I took her to church. I put my child in a christian school. I monitored the visual intake (television, internet etc). I limited the type of things my child listened to. But the enemy still came in. I remember saying Lord this should have been a safe place. God's response was you live in a fallen world there is not safe place. You are raising a soldier in the Lord's army. Your safe place can only be found in me.
At the age of 13 I found out that my child was being bullied in the safe place (church, school). You can imagine my surprise when my child walks into a Sunday service to say mom the kids are calling me names. Might I add these are names that I wouldn't dare even call an adult. My reaction was sadness, grief, righteous anger. Yes the bible does say you can become angry but do not sin. Afterwards we had a conversation where I found out that the bullying had been going on for years. In a previous article I spoke about identity crisis. Bullying is a tactic the enemy uses to confuse our children. I said "we will get through this together". I explained how the bible teaches us that we are more then conquerors. It is a tough message to get across to a young adult. I taught my child how to stand in the midst of adversity. Now an adult my child is a warrior. My adult child now knows that she does not have to conform to the tactics of the enemy. My adult child knows who they are but it was not without pain or sorrow. During those times I called on God. He was my Three in One. He was always available. I never had to wait in line. I wasn't connected to a switchboard who didn't have my information. When I called he knew my name. He always answered. Always listened. Always provided me with a solution.
Building a Relationship with God Your Co-Parent
Pray daily. Whether it is five minutes or an hour take time to pray. At first it might seem a little hard but as you continue it will become easier. Talk to God just like you would talk to a friend. Remember it is a relationship.
Remember that when talking to God you do not have to be strategic or methodical. He is not looking for you to be eloquent. He is looking for you to be yourself. God wants you to share everything. Share your success, your failures. Share your moments whether sad, happy, angry, joyful. He wants to know how you are doing. He is looking for you to be real with him. Lets face it God knows everything even before we say anything so why keep secrets?
Remember you are having a conversation with God. Building a relationship. This means that sometimes you need to be still, quiet so that you can hear God respond to you. Sometimes you can even journal his response back to you. No you are not hearing things. No you are not crazy. Keep in mind that God has a still small voice. He is gentle, loving and kind. Anything that you hear that does not align with God's character or his word should be questioned.
Never Let the Enemy See You Sweat
When you have a relationship with God. You know that whatever challenges you face as a christian parent you win. No matter what the enemy tries to do always remember that worry an anxiety does not come from the lord. The word of God tells us not to worry and be anxious for nothing. Yes we may go through trials. We may even go through tribulation but with God we are victorious. Even when Peter got out of the boat God did not let him drown in self doubt. He was there to save him.
As christian parents we have God's assurance that the enemy will never be able to have our children.
John 10: 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
They have been sealed by the Holy Spirit. Nothing can snatch them out of God's hand.
Your Relationship With God Matters Because You Matter
You matter to God. He loves you. He entrusted you with his most precious gift. He wants to be in relationship with you. While he is your emergency hotline. He is merciful to answer even when we sometimes forget that he is always there.