Many of us, when our children are infants, dedicated them to the Lord, for His service, and for His glory, in a symbolic way, giving them back to Him. It is a meaningful time and an honor to give back to God what He has given us.
The kids and I recently read the story of Samuel and I was reminded that dedicating and giving your children to the Lord is a process, not a one time event. In the beginning, we lose years of sleep, then begin chasing our children around the playground, where they fall, and get back up. Before our eyes, they grow and begin school, where a whole different kind of hurt ensues.
This year, before my kids begin school (kindergarten and second grade), I am making a concerted effort to mentally, emotionally, and spiritually give my children back to the Lord more frequently. Entrusting them into His hands, for His service, trusting that He knows what is best for them (teachers, classmates, friends), that He has great plans for them, and that He will impart wisdom and discernment to my husband and I.
For me, it has a been an unprecedented year of learning to trust the Lord in a deeper way. In fact, even now, as I write this, it dawns on me that, of course (!!!), God desires me to entrust our children to Him. It is not a one-time dedication to Him when when they are born (and a squeezing of our hearts if they are called overseas as young adults!), but the consistent, daily giving of our children to Him, that funnels our perspective appropriately, allowing Him to work in their lives (as well as our own).
How do you keep giving your children to God, entrusting them to Him?
1. Acknowledge that He is Lord and He has great plans for them (Jeremiah 29:11).
2. Entrust your kids, by name to Him (“I am with (your child’s name). There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give (your child’s name) strength. I’ll help (your child’s name). I’ll hold (your child’s name) steady, and keep a firm grip on him/her.” Isaiah 41:8-10 MSG.
3. Ask the Lord to reveal to you how you can encourage and cheer your child on this year.
How are you praying for your kids as they begin a new school year?