John and I spent a week in Nashville this summer to write and we read Psalm 127 together. I keep coming back to it and John’s encouraged me to share what God’s brought to mind, so I share with desire to bring hope, life and joy to your heart.
“1Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.”
A house and a city are HUGE! “Unless the Lord” – we must fully depend on Him!!
“2It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep.”
Vain (useless, hopeless, empty, producing no results): to strive in our own human effort to no avail, unto sadness, depression, sorrow, despair. As we depend on Him, He blesses us with the best rest we could ever imagine!
“3Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.”
Our children are a heritage (inheritance, legacy, an allotted portion, practices or characteristics that are passed down through the years) and a reward (something given or received in recognition of service, effort, or achievement)!!! WOW!
“4Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.”
Target training takes so much practice! In this parenting assignment, John and I have signed up to practice, practice, practice. To revel in the wins and not be held back by weaknesses, mess-ups and failures. Then our goal is to shoot them off as arrows, not unto success, money, fame, prominence, status, and what the world has to offer. We desire to launch them unto the Kingdom, calling, servanthood, wild faith, and an exciting adventure with the cross leading their way.
“5Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.”
Happy (feeling pleasure and enjoyment, delighted, glad, enjoying or characterized by well-being and contentment) are we when we have partnered with Him in parenting. John and I have been on a beautiful journey of seeking Him for family size, parenting wisdom, home rhythms, and His perspective on children over what the world might have to say. When there are emotions that don’t line up with “happy hearts” concerning our children, we are seeking Him to shift our hearts. And He IS!!
Oh Lord, give us your grace to partner with You in building our “house” and training our “arrows” unto the glory of Your Name!
For Every Family to Thrive,