31 Days {In Pursuit} Of Your Child’s Heart- Day 31


Day 31: The Journey Has Just Begun

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I can’t believe we’ve reach the end of our series. I didn’t think I’d make it this far. Yet here we are. The end of our 31 day journey to go {In Pursuit} of our children’s hearts. To read all post in the series, click {here}.

I’m having trouble finalizing it all. Can you tell? It’s past 4:00 pm and I’m still figuring it all out.

How does one end a journey they’ve just begun. I mean really- our pursuit of their hearts is really a pursuit that takes us back to God. It strips us of our pride, our habits, our selfish agendas and takes us back to the place where it all begins.

God, what do you say?

What is in this little heart that you’ve placed in my care? How do I shepherd these children’s in such a way it leads them back to You, the Good Shepherd?

How do I love them in such a way it points back to your unconditional, unfathomable, indescribable love?

How do I pour out grace in such a way it points back to your abounding, overflowing, inundating grace?

How do I reach the secret place only you understand?

We began this year seeking to {Live Life (with a heart) Fully Committed} to God. And so, I dare not wrap this up. For it’s not the end. It’s only the beginning. I dare not say our pursuit ends here. We can’t turn off the lights, close the door, and call it a wrap…

And while I don’t plan on turning this 31 days into 40 or 50 or 60 days, I must confess- this is not where the ride ends. It’s where we part ways, yes. But it’s most definitely not where it ends.

Perhaps the best way to close this is by getting down on my knees alongside you, taking your hand in mine, and humbly bowing low before the One who has the answers for my journey and yours.

Precious Father,

You are good. You are perfect. You are good over our lives. The task at hand is an overwhelming one. The battle and the war staged by the enemy is fierce. And yet, You remain victorious. You are Mighty God. You are able to take care of all that we commit to You. 

And though our strength fails us, and though we fumble through this most high calling of {motherhood}, we come to the One in whom we find rest. We come to the One who gives wisdom generously. 

We ask that you would give us an undivided heart. Teach us to take out the grace card, for ourselves and for our children. Lord, give us wisdom and clarity, that we would write the vision you’ve laid in our hearts. Help us to observe  the things that move our children, to ‘see’ their passions, and to know what delights them. Remove our pride and teach us when it’s necessary to ask  for forgiveness.

Lord help us to reject the lies this culture throws at us. Help us to understand there is absolutely nothing ordinary about what we do. Help us to understand the value of raising arrows for your kingdom. 

Help us to make quiet time with You a priority because You have all the answers. You know the end from the beginning. Help us to remain steadfast as we instruct them in your  Word because it is a lamp to their feet and a light for their path. 

Lord, the days are long. Yet we’re aware of how quickly the years fly by. Remove the discouragement that life can bring. Help us to look for the glimpses of Your Holy Spirit at work. Help us to encourage ourselves in You. For our approval is in You. 

May we always remind them they are a delight. May we learn to live a life unwired and disconnected from the distractions of this age. Oh, how easy it is to go in pursuit of the empty promises of this world. But You, You offer us a life that is  real…more and better, abundant. 

Lord, in our frustrations it’s so easy to miss the mark. Put your words in our hearts that we would always speak life over our children. Give us discernment, wisdom, and compassion that we would discern their sufferings and point them back to you. 

Help us to choose joy, to listen and build relationships.  Show us how to go deep. How to be fully engaged that we might be tools used by you,  gift-finders who point out the beauty of what you’ve placed inside them. 

And when all is said and done, grant us the peace necessary to step to the side giving them the freedom to simply {be} who you’ve called them to be. 

Precious Lord, we understand the task won’t be easy. We understand there are things out of our control. But we stand together. We lift each other up. We look to You and learn from You because Your yoke is easy. Your burden is light. 

As the world wages war for the hearts of our children, we stand firm. Steadfast. We won’t back down. We won’t retreat. We won’t coward in fear. We stand and fight back. 

We set our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. We hold tight to Psalm 118:15 for it will be the song of victory we will sing…

“Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!”

When all is said and done, we pursue their hearts that we might point them back to you.

In Jesus name we pray, 

(And all the mommas {In Pursuit} of their children’s heart, say-)

 Amen!

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Posted on October 31, 2013, in 3-5 YEAR OLDS, 31 Days {In Pursuit} Of Your Child's Heart, FAMILY LIFE, MOTHERING ON PURPOSE, PARENTING, TEENS. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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