Remember Hannah? She desperately wanted a baby, and couldn’t conceive. So she went into the temple and asked God to give her a child. God did. And then Hannah did something remarkable: she gave her son back to the Lord.
“I prayed for this child,” she said, “and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD” (1Samuel 1:27-28).
Motherhood is a partnership with God. It involves helping shape the next generation for a lifetime of representing Christ. Hannah gave her son to God, and young Samuel became one of Israel’s greatest prophets.
My wife, Beth, takes that partnership seriously. When we don’t know how best to handle a situation, she asks for wisdom. She prays for our children every day. She seeks Go to help her understand what is going on in the hearts of our kids. The Lord may reveal His wisdom to Beth through something she reads, a conversation with someone, or a creative idea for teaching spiritual principles to our children.
Offer your children back to God. Hold them up in prayer. Help guide them in determining God’s plan. You may want to try and lead your teenage children through the exercise of choosing a life verse. Help them locate and learn a Scripture verse that summarizes their beliefs and pursuits. Help them think about how the principles of godly living apply to their everyday lives. Show them by example what it means to love the Lord their God with all their heart and soul and mind and strength.
Raising Your Kids