Regardless the Scriptures and the promises of God associated with the word prompt 'Good' are too valuable to me to let this one slip away....even if it's taken more than two weeks!
Our sons are a gift from the LORD, Psalm 127:3, and have blessed us greatly. They've also challenged me in a variety of ways and some of the challenges (of raising sons to adulthood) have thankfully resulted in a considerable amount of spiritual growth for me.
Them? I am sure the Lord has a whole academic program in mind for each of our sons, and I am sure the Lord is pursuing each one and maturing them as He writes His story in each of their lives. However, that is THEIR story, and their individual relationship with the One who gave them life!
As for me, about the time our oldest son was graduating from high school and preparing to leave the nest for college, I began to ask the Lord for a Scripture verse to pray continuously. I was somewhat frantic and feeling out of control (I'm still not sure why I ever think I have been in control...of anything), and so I begged Father for an anchor from His word.
I asked for an anchor to keep me stable and provide the peace I knew I needed because prayer would be all I could do for this young one just flying the nest. And sweetly, tenderly, Holy Spirit responded with Scripture and told me I could hold this word from God as His promise. With tears of gratitude, I received this word from the LORD, and for the last six years I have prayed this promise over our oldest son. (And sometimes I sing it...)
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you (son) will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. niv
As one flew the nest, one remained in high school. In the senior year of this younger son, I once again went back to the Lord and asked for a Scripture anchor. Again, Holy Spirit faithfully and tenderly responded to my request. For the last four years I have prayed this Scripture promise over our youngest son. (And sometimes I sing it...)
I continue to stand on tiptoes of expectant anticipation as I watch (now a cheerleader on the sideline) our Good Father pursue and mature His sons in adulthood. Our LORD is indeed good and His love endures forever. And as He promised He would do with our son, our God is faithful to continue to complete the good work He began in me...oh so many years ago!
I have often said, "One day I will write a book entitled, Almost Everything I Know About God I Learned From My Sons." And maybe one day, I will do just that!
Blessings of GREAT JOY on your amazing adventure journey with JESUS!
I am linking up with Holly Barrett and Diana Rockwell and Testimony Tuesday!
Please take time to visit and be encouraged with some inspirational stories of perseverance, hope, faith and JOY.