Parenting Peace


No matter if they are six, twenty or parents themselves, our job is never over . . . and is best done on our knees.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6 ESV)

When my daughter started grade one, we were living in a small town with one car. My husband would leave for work early in the morning and I would walk Tia to the school bus with the baby, Mia, in my arms and we’d wave her off.

An hour or two would go by and I just couldn’t stop praying. My spirit would be so grieved I’d have to put Mia on the back of the bike and pedal to the schoolyard where I would stop and pray over the school. Six weeks later, we pulled her out. We found out information that revealed why the Holy Spirit was compelling me to go and pray.

This last month, Tia was injured at work. Today was her first day back and after trying to stay home and pray, alas I’m typing this from a booth at her coffee house. No, I’m not THAT mother – the overprotective and smothering type – but I am learning, after over twenty years of parenting, to obey the Holy Spirit when He nudges me. Sitting here now, I realize that I am here to bring Tia comfort.

Train up a child in the way they should go . . . I think training them up means a whole lot of praying them up too. And when we pray and bring them to the Lord, it builds up our faith as parents as well. No matter if they are six, twenty or parents themselves, our job is never over . . . and best done on our knees. 

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