I cannot tell you how many moms with teenagers tell me, “Just wait!” And yes, they say this with the proverbial exclamation point at the end. Sometimes, I want to respond, “Do you even remember what it was like when your daughter was three? Do you remember enduring these parental struggles:
· Child 2 crawls through doggie door while mommy gets ready. She proceeds to turn on the hose pipe and water everything in the backyard….including herself.
· Child 1 pees on the dog. The dog lets him.
· Child 2 empties an entire bag of pretzels (and its salt contents) onto the living room floor. When asked why, she simply responds “Cuz.”. “Cuz why?” Mommy asks. “Cuz I just did”, the little one replies. Duh.
· Child 1 creates a mountain of night-time pull-ups (used) behind his bookshelf. It’s only discovered after days of wondering “What is that dreadful stench permeating my son’s room?” Your only reaction is……no reaction. You’re speechless.
The list could go on, but we all know I need to conserve some stories for future blogs…..dare I ever get writer’s block.
This past week a friend e-mailed me asking that I pray for her and her family. As the mother of a teenager, she is facing many challenges that, I’m sure, await me in another ten years. I gave her a list of scriptures to pray over her children. Here are few that I pray over my children. I think they are effectual over your three year old or twenty-three year old. Thought I would share:
Lord, give John Henry and Anna the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, and the knowledge of You. That the eyes of their hearts be enlightened that they will know the hope to which you have called them, the riches of Your glorious inheritance in the saints and His Incomparably great power for us who believe.
Ephesians 3: 17-19
John Henry and Anna are rooted and established in love; we pray that they may have power with all the saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ towards them, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that they may be filled to the measure of the fullness of God.
Ephesians 5:1 and 21
John Henry and Anna will be imitators of God and live a life of love. They will submit to others out of reverence to Christ.
John Henry and Anna will obey their parents in the Lord. They will honor their father and mother so that it may go well with them and that they may enjoy long life on earth.
1 Timothy 4:12
No one will look down on John Henry and Anna because they are young, but they set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in faith and in purity.
John Henry and Anna do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly or stand in the path of sinners or sit in the seat of scoffers. But their delight is in the law of the Lord and on His law they meditate day and night. They are like the trees planted by the rivers of water, which yield their fruit in season and whose leaf will not whither, and whatever they do prospers.
John Henry and Anna seek You with all their hearts; they will not stray from Your commands; they have hidden Your word in their hearts that they may not sin against you.
Isaiah 24:13,14 and 17
John Henry and Anna shall be taught by the Lord and great will be their peace, their health, safety, protection and prosperity. In righteousness they will be established. Tyranny will be far from them; they will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near them. No weapon formed against them will prosper.
Maybe you have special scriptures that you pray over your children. I would love to hear from you! Perhaps, you are facing struggles with your children right now. Let me know. I would be happy to pray with you. And remember, those things you have no control over, put them in the “God box.” Greater is He that it is in your children than he that is in the world.
Just wait? I think I will.