Monday, August 9, 2010

A Little Brightness from Heaven Is On Its Way!

This past weekend my husband and I were fortunate enough to be able to give my son Peter and his beautiful wife Kellie a baby shower.  They are giving us a beautiful new granddaughter!  Her name is going to be Alohilani.  In Hawaiian the name means The Brightness of Heaven.  I just can't wait to hold her in my arms and smother her in kisses! She has a beautiful older sister named Kaliko and a cousin named Alaka'i who just can't wait to welcome our precious little Alohilani into our family!

Children are one of the most precious gifts that God blesses us with.  It is such an awesome responsibility to raise them up in the way of the Lord and keep them from harm.  My son will soon understand why I walked the floors in prayer during his teenage years and why I could never really sleep until all of my children were safely tucked into bed. I have always believed that they are on loan to us from God and he has charged us with an awesome responsibility in their up bringing.
     The Lord gave me this message:  “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.
      Before you were born I set you apart
      and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”  Jeremiah1:4-5

The best advice I can give to Peter and Kellie is to look to God and be positive as they are raising Alohilani.  If you slip into the habit of being critical and harsh, your children will lose the sense of value that God placed inside them.  It will allow the enemy to bring in all kinds of insecurity and inferiority into your child's life.  It is almost like you are placing a curse on them and their future.

 Most children get their concept of who God is from their fathers.  If the father is mean, harsh and critical the child will grow up with a distorted view of God.  However, if the the father is loving, kind, compassionate and just, then the child will have a better idea of who God is.  Take the time you may need to raise them with a cool head and a loving heart.  Don't be afraid to get on your knees and take your concerns to God.

22 Cast your cares on the LORD
       and he will sustain you;
       he will never let the righteous fall.  Psalm 55:22
I think the best parents get on their knees asking our loving God to assist us while raising our children.  Is their a "perfect parent"?  No.  You will make mistakes.  We all do.  Just remember that when you are teaching your children do it with the love you would like God to show you.

 Take them to church so they can learn about the community of God.  Read them the bible from an early age so they can get familiar with God's word and know of his great love.  Speak God's blessing over your children while they are young.  So that they will grow up to have faith in God and all of the possibilities that he presents them with.

Tell them I love you and let them know they are made by God and that they are one of a kind.  Let them know you believe in them and that you think they are great! Make sure that they know of Jesus and his great gift of salvation.  What a precious gift it will be for you to lead your child to Jesus as she accepts him into her heart as her Lord and Savior.  Having the assurance that she will be going to heaven when Jesus comes again.   Before they go to sleep at night pray over them that God will protect and watch over them. By doing this you will be passing God's blessings not only to your children, but they will take those blessings and pass them down to theirs and so on from one generation to the next.

Being a parent is probably one of the toughest jobs out there.  However, remember this... You are not alone, you are loved not only by your family but by the Lord God who will never leave you or forsake you.  You have little Alohilani who will depend on you for everything and she will fill your life with so many blessings and a love you never knew you could feel! You and Kellie are going to be great parents! May God bless you both so richly as you bring this precious new life into the world!

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