Tonight I was rubbing the back of one of my daughters. She hasn’t been feeling very well. I started to think about how there will be a day when she has to go through a battle for health or life or experience sadness or something negative and I won’t be there. I started to weep and wondered, “Am I praying enough?” My prayers today are eternal. Am I training these girls up well so they will be able to stand their hardship and pain when I’m not there to guide and direct them?
I want to do right by the gifts God has given me. I want to train up my children’s hearts in the way they should go and give them a solid foundation in who God is and who they are. I want to teach them not to define themselves by worldly standards or comparison—even comparison within the church. I want to teach them not to let their own ugly opinions of themselves have any weight in their hearts.
Romans 3:4 says, “Let God be true and every man a liar.” My heart’s desire is to teach my children how to let God’s word reign above how they feel and what they think and what other people say. I want them to know they are not defined by what happens to them.