Presently, I have a son who is a junior at School of Mines who is doing great in so many ways but has some financial issues right now that I really want to fix but can't. I have a married 19 year old daughter who also has financial issues and questions about her future (neither of which I can fix). And my 13 year old daughter is now wearing make-up and developing into a young woman and wants (like most teenage girls) attention from boys. My 15 year old son has physical issues that I cannot fix and my 17 year old son is still the same as he has been for a very long time (that is a story in itself -- oh right, I've talked about him several times).
Help me Jesus!
Today it is all on my brain and I can't get past it. I know you too, if you are a parent, have concerns for your children.
Father God will provide for them and it might not be from you. Father God has our children under His care. And that is what we need to focus on. Pray for them. Love them. Do what you know you need to do and let God do the rest. He will take care of our children. He wants to be God in their lives.
So, my prescription for us all who are concerned for our children is found below:
First, read 2 Corinthians 10:5. It says, "We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ,"
This means that when you start to worry, pray, "I take that thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ. Father God is taking care of my child."
Second, read Philippians 4:6-7. It says, "Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel."
And do what it says -- pray about those concerns. Be thankful. Realize God loves our kids more than we ever can. He understands them better than we ever will be able to; and He knows what is best for them.
And finally, say Philippians 4:13 out loud, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Worry only ties us up in knots. Worry causes health problems. Worry can cause us to do stupid things. Worry is not from God. Let's not allow it to run our lives.