“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” ~Psalm 127:3
The foundation of our Christian parenting is recognizing that our children come from God and ultimately belong to Him.
When I looked up the definition of the word “heritage,” I found that the archaic meaning is “a special or individual possession; an allotted portion.”
I love to think on that and realize that God has chosen to place our two daughters in our particular family. He has united the four of us to serve and bring glory to Him together. We encourage, support, correct, and love one another through all the ups and downs of life.
Children are a reward of God’s grace, an undeserved blessing. We don’t earn them, but simply receive them as a gift from God.
When we live in the truth that our children are a sacred trust from the Lord, we see ourselves as stewards of a great treasure. How vital it is that we ask God for wisdom in how to train them and that we use His Word as our guidebook.
There may be times when I want to put my agenda in place in their lives, yet I may need to step back and let the Lord lead them. At other times, I feel like my worrying will provide the protection over them that only God can supply. I may fear for their safety, be angry over their disobedience, feel sadness when they experience pain, and know love for them that seeps into the very depths of my soul.
My life is richer because of the children God has given me. May I honor the trust He has placed in me by guiding and directing them in the way He would have for them to go.