God's Little Ones
Raising little ones can cause extreme stress, irritation, and frustration. However, embarking on this journey can also be one of the most rewarding experiences. This life event, among many others, can be easy to take control of. However, this is one of the many things that God wants us to give over to Him. I once read a book in which the author felt that God was asking her to give up her children in the way that Abraham gave up Isaac. When I first read this, I thought That's crazy, I would never be willing to give up my kids. When I began to meditate on this for a while, however, I realized that this was not an unreasonable request. God wants our everything, and that's what He asked for the moment we came into relationship with Him. It's a process though and He's willing to work with us. Also, if we keep in mind that God loves our kids infinitely more than we ever could, it wouldn't be as big of a deal to give them away, in the sense that God comes first. God and His word can be the ultimate say-so in how we raise our kids. Not only will the Bible give us notions on how to raise our kids, but the Holy Sprit will also teach us how to do it through His strength.
When we wholly surrender to God's plans for our children, we can begin to raise them up in the way they should go, and when they are old, they shall not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). We may dream of our children fulfilling goals that we ourselves never saw come to pass. Or we may just have the hope that they will one day become successful. However, the first step in doing that revolves around letting go of our plans and submitting them to God. God already has plans set up for their life, just as He does for ours. Think of how deeply they can get to know God if they are trained to go to Him at the very onset of their lives. Until they are able to seek God for themselves, they need an intercessor-you!
Teach them to Stay Young
The bible has a lot of wonderful things to say about children, and most of those comments seem to be aimed towards adults. For instance, Mark 10:15 says, "Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." The bible tells us to become as a little child, not so much in how we act but in how we receive. Being able to receive depends on the condition of our hearts. If our hearts are softened to any voice that holds a promise (like a child), then we are willing to receive what they have in store for us.
We can be an example of Christ by letting "our yes be yes" and "our no be no" (Matthew 5:37). Children need to know that adults can be dependable but that they can trust God more than anyone else. Children have such impressionable hearts and they ultimately trust what they see and hear. There is nothing more powerful to a growing child than seeing his or her parents walking out a Christ-lead life.
Each One is Different
Not only is it important to walk out a Godly life for children, but it is also important to help children discover what their individual talents are. We should teach children at a young age that it's okay to be different from others. In fact, that is the way that God intended for it to be. At the same time, remind them that they are never alone. Remind them that the God of this Universe is always with them and will always comfort them when they are feeling alone. Remind them that they were created differently so that they could play a part in God's plan but also so that they could have a relationship with God that is different from anyone else's.
The bible talks about not wasting our talents. If we can teach children at a young age that talents our something special and they should be treated special, they can grow up being appreciative of God made them. Day by day, God can speak to your hearts and show you a unique way of enabling your child to grow into the person that he or she was meant to be. Amen!