Parenting Psalm

Psalm 145
Praising God’s Greatness/Parenting Psalm
                                 
I exalt You, my God the King,
and praise Your name forever and ever.
I will praise You every day;
I will honor Your name forever and ever.

EVERY DAY – I exalt, praise & honor God – I teach my kids by example
Yahweh is great and is highly praised;
His greatness is unsearchable.
One generation will declare Your works to the next
and will proclaim Your mighty acts.

I declare who God is (He is great and worthy of praise) and what He has done to my kids – I teach my kids through my words.

I will speak of Your splendor and glorious majesty
and
[c] Your wonderful works.
What do I tell my kids? I tell them of God’s splendor (He is awesome) and His glorious majesty (He is the King; He is in control).
They will proclaim the power of Your awe-inspiring acts,
and I will declare Your greatness.

They will give a testimony of Your great goodness
and will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.

When I show and tell my kids who God is and what He has done, then, THEY will proclaim His power and what He has done. My kids will see and have a testimony of God’s goodness in their lives and they will understand right from wrong (sing of His righteousness).

The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and great in faithful love.
The Lord is good to everyone;
His compassion rests on all He has made.
10 All You have made will thank You, Lord;
the
 godly will praise You.
11 They will speak of the glory of Your kingdom
and will declare Your might,
12 informing all people of Your mighty acts
and of the glorious splendor of Your
 kingdom.
When I thank God for who He is –gracious, compassionate, slow to anger, faithful, loving, good – and my kids see that – My kids will thank Him as well. They will also be witnesses, telling their friends of God’s glory, His sovereignty, and all the awesome things He does.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom;
Your rule is for all generations.
The Lord is faithful in all His words
and gracious in all His actions.

God is the same God for me, and for my children and grandchildren. He never changes, He always keeps His promises and everything He does is the right thing to do and is done out of His grace.
14 The Lord helps all who fall;
He raises up all who are oppressed.

15 All eyes look to You,
and You give them their food at the proper time.

I mess up as a parent and make unwise decisions, yet God promises to help me, to provide for me and to lift me up when it seems the world has different ideas for my children and I am overwhelmed.
16 You open Your hand
and satisfy the desire of every living thing.

My greatest desire as a parent is that my children love the Lord – God promises to satisfy the desires of my heart and I am claiming this promise
17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways
and gracious in all His acts.
18 The Lord is near all who call out to Him,
all who call out to Him with integrity.
19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him;
He hears their cry for help and saves them.

When I just don’t know what to do as a parent and all I can do is cry – I can call on God. He promises to be near to me – which if you think about it is even a greater promise than if He promised to give us everything we think we want. God promises that he listens to us when we cry and He promises to help us.
20 The Lord guards all those who love Him,
but He destroys all the wicked.

If God guards all those who love Him and destroys the wicked – why would we as parents, who want to protect our kids, not make loving God the first thing we teach our children? Why do we get our priorities so mixed up? It’s simple: I want my children to be safe, therefore I teach them to love God.
21 My mouth will declare Yahweh’s praise;
let every living thing
praise His holy name forever and ever.
It all comes back to me, and my relationship with God. I need to put God first, to make praising Him my number one priority and live my life in such a way that my kids see my life as a living sacrifice to God. Then my kids will follow suit and praise Him with their own lives. 

Whatever . . .

 

What is unconditional love?

 

Looking into my babies eyes and realizing I’d do anything for this eighteen pounder.
Is it unconditional love to want her to have a happy, healthy, successful life – and realizing I’ll do everything to get it for her. I’ll wake up before the sun is up to drive to sports practice, I’ll give up my own dreams and desires, both financially and time-wise, to make sure this little munchkin gets every thing she needs to succeed: the best education, the best clothes I can afford. I dream of opening her eyes to wonders this world has to offer , going to Disneyland, and to the ocean, and to the zoo, museums, concerts and plays. Is it unconditional love to want to make this child’s life easy and joyful?

 

 

Looking into my teens eyes and realizing I’d do anything for this beautiful young lady. Is it unconditional love to want to take all the pain she’s faced and replace it with joy? Wanting so much to give her all the things she hasn’t had – anything our money would buy, and our time would allow. We gave her experiences she’d never had that opened her eyes to the world around her, Disneyland, the ocean, air plane rides, and road trips. Is it unconditional love to want this teen’s life to be free from pain, easy, joyful, and successful?
I want so much to give my children every perfect gift, the American Dream, and an apple pie, but this isn’t unconditional love. Unconditional love is wanted the best for my them, and the best isn’t rapped in a good education, a star performance, a perfect appearance, or a happy life. The best is glorifying God in everything you do. So, unconditional love is praying that God will do “whatever it takes” to bring these kids, His kids, to a place in which they glorify Him.


For my oldest, God just whispered in his ear. For my next, God took away all her hopes and dreams, her health and her friends. For my next son, God has allowed him to witness things far beyond what is age appropriate. But, by the grace of God, all are choosing to glorify Him. And they have joyous lives, for there is no joy apart from a life in God’s arms.

I pray for my other two. I pray my eighteen pounder will listen to God’s voice from an early age, but if not, “Whatever it takes, Lord.”

And as for my beautiful teen, I wish I could protect her from any more pain, but she’s walked away from our protection. I just pray she won’t walk away from Gods. I pray that God will do “whatever it takes” to bring her to a place where her only desire is to glorify God.

The scariest prayer to pray is that those you love will have to go through “whatever it takes.” But if “whatever it takes” will bring them to their knees before a holy God – then bring it on.

Unconditional love is praying “Whatever it takes, Lord” even when your earthly desires cry out against such a prayer.