Mark and Noah
For years I struggled with how I had affected my children as a chronically ill person, as a broken person...imperfect. There are no do-overs in raising kids! And then God started to speak to me about being His beloved. Forgiven. Lovely in His eyes. He told me not to focus on the things I did wrong as a mom, but on where my heart was and is. He also opened my eyes to the "because of and in spite of" concept. God gently reminded me that our children are HIS children. As a loving Father He has a plan for their lives.........a plan for good and not for evil. HE has guided and shaped them in His image.
We saw some of this on Sunday as we worshiped with our son Mark at his church. We saw the because of us and in spite of us . But more importantly we saw GOD in our son's life. The same way we have seen God in the lives of all our children and their families. That double edge sword? Parents make up the edges, but God their creator, their Father God and His Word makes up the sword itself. We know His plan is unfolding. His love is abiding. His shaping and His guiding are taking place in all of us.
Yes, we see His plan unfolding in our kids lives and we are so grateful. We can rest in the assurance of God's promises for ourselves and our children. Because of us and in spite of us, but most importantly ~~~because of Father God!!!
"For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord.
Plans for good and not for evil.
To give you a future and a hope."