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Angela Howard is an author and minister who loves empowering people with authentic encouragement and Biblical perspective for their imperfect lives. Her book: How to Love Your Crazy Family is on amazon and you can connect with her on her blog at noordinarydays.com.
Trusting God through the Parenting Marathon
I sneak a peek at Emily over my latte, watching her stir a tall glass of iced tea. She’s a young woman now. That little girl who wanted me to read Cinderella over and over until she had it memorized has disappeared. Somewhere between snuggles, ballet recitals and homework Emily grew into this strong woman who sits next to me today. God has given me a beautiful opportunity to share in the raising of Emily Jane.
Parenting is more of a marathon than a sprint. – Angela Howard
If you’re a parent then you understand that parenting is more of a marathon than a sprint. We teach, train and repeat. Cinderella wasn’t the only book I read to Emily over and over. I also read to her from the Bible. I loved teaching her about Jesus, about His love, His sacrifice, His character and His strength. My deepest prayer has always been that Emily would experience God for herself. That she would know Him personally—not just know about Him.
Sometimes I feel like I’m holding my breath, just waiting for my kids to assure me that they’re beginning to understand “how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.” (Ephesians 3:18 NLT)
That’s why my heart leap with joy when Emily recently sat next to me on the couch, and said “I just love Jesus.”
“What makes you say that Emily?”
“Well, I know that even when it’s hard and I don’t understand, I can trust Him. I know He has a plan for my life.”
She felt the Lord speak to her that day to make a hard decision that most adults don’t have the courage to make. She listened and most importantly she took action. In that moment she discovered God’s amazing grace redeeming her pain, disappointment and confusion.
“I feel like a burden has lifted from my shoulders.” Emily’s eyes glistened.
From the time Emily was a little girl she had learned to spend time with Jesus. She learned to listen for His voice as she read His word and poured out her heart to Him in prayer. She now has both the knowledge and the experience of her Savior. She can trust Him because she knows Him.
In this marathon race of parenting we must also choose to trust God. Trust Him when we are frazzled and unsure. Trust Him instead of depending on our own strength. Trust Him with our children. Trust Him with our lives.
How do you struggle to trust God in this marathon of parenting? Please comment below. I’d love to pray with you!
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