It’s as Simple as Surrender

My husband and I spend a good deal of time praying over and for our daughter. We are so excited to see what God has in store for her, but there’s also a weight that remains on our shoulders. Are we teaching her enough? Pushing her enough? Giving her enough grace? And where is that line between expecting too much and coddling?

Sometimes, parenting gets so confusing. Balance can be hard to find. I’ve often said, “If only God would give me a clear, if A happens, do B.” But this morning, I have something even better–Christ in me. She has this same gift. The gift of the living, risen Lord living in her, guiding, strengthening, equipping her. The absolutely best thing my husband and I can do for her is daily teach the importance of drawing near and staying surrendered to her Savior, going when He says go, staying when He says stay. If she does that, He will take care of everything else. (The same is true for each of us, isn’t it?)

But there’s a catch. As a parent, I absolutely must be willing to surrender her. In other words, I must put action to my words and show her a real, living, breathing faith.

And before you go, join me at Internet Cafe Devotions where I’m attempting to tackle a rather difficult issue–sexual harassment in our highschools. Yeah, it happens. So what can we, as parents, do about it? Read my thoughts here and share your own.

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One thought on “It’s as Simple as Surrender

  1. Excellent post, Jennifer!
    “Are we teaching her enough? Pushing her enough? Giving her enough grace? And where is that line between expecting too much and coddling?”
    We’ve asked these same questions with raising our daughters. I think just the fact that we are daily trying to balance our parenting skills shows that we’re proactive and involved parents seeking God’s direction.

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