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Topic: Parent (11/16/06)



The test is positive. What does that mean? It means you have conceived a new life. There can be nothing more awesome than the creation of the tiny life that is growing within you, fearfully and wonderfully made by God. The first sign of life you see will be on the ultrasound, the first heartbeat you hear, and the first movement of the baby within your womb offers you an experience that is like no other. It also offers you a responsibility that is just as breathtaking

There are all kinds of things you will do to get ready for your new arrival. You will prepare a nursery in just the right color with the right nursery theme. There will be the selection of nursery furniture, highchairs, and safety seats. You will stroll through the baby department and choose sleepers, gowns, t-shirts, and all the necessities needed for this wonderful arrival. With all of this completed it would be natural to feel you can now sit back and wait for this blessed event.

But, thatís not quite true. You have the heart of your home that needs to be just as prepared. What kind of home will your baby make its arrival into? Does Jesus live there? Will they hear loving words? Will there be tender expressions of love to be seen? What will you allow to be planted in their little memory banks? There is a strong tendency to reap what you sew in their little minds and hearts.

From the very first day this little life is placed within your arms of love, you will be a positive or negative influence. Jesus was very concerned about the upcoming generations. He knew you would need to become as one with Him and God in order to convey to your children that He was sent from heaven into this world to become their Savior. The most important part of the world for you is your family.

Soon you will recognize your bundle of joy comes with its very own personality. You will need to pray for His guidance and wisdom in order to meet the natural and spiritual needs of each child. He didnít send them with an instruction manual, outside of the Word of God. He doesnít make any carbon copies. No matter how many children you have they will have their own unique personality and God-given destiny.

One of the biggest shocks you experience will come the day your child displays a very unacceptable behavior and you realize they are ďacting just like you do.Ē They will copy your actions and repeat your words. That can be scary! Actions speak louder than words. Actions make more of an indelible imprint than a lot of wordy instructions. Jesus taught by example. You will teach by example all through life.

ď....that they may be one just as We are one; I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved me.Ē John 17:23 (NKJV) Jesusí being one with God required His submitting His will to His Father. You will require submission from your children. God requires submission from us. Itís part of belonging to a family. Itís part of becoming a unit, becoming as one. It requires a special kind of love and commitment. We are to pattern our lives after a perfect example, God and His Son. It is He that creates within us a clean heart and a right spirit.

This could appear to be an overwhelming task. But, it doesnít need to be. Life only happens one second at a time and God is ever present. He never leaves you for even a moment. But, it is necessary for you to communicate with Him all along the way. He fully understands the task that lies ahead of you. The closer we get , the more we will begin to act like our heavenly Father.

God may grant you the financial ability to meet most of your childís earthly needs. He may allow you to supply many of their wants and desires. But, no parent can ever fill the spot that longs for the Savior. It is not a choice that you can make for them. Your love and commitment to Jesus will make them hungry for the Risen Savior. Your submission to Godís instructions will
teach them the importance of being a part of a family, especially Godís family.

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Donna Powers 11/24/06
Very true and eloquently expressed. A good article for ALL the preparation that a parent needs. Good work.
Leigh MacKelvey11/25/06
Well said. Parents-to-be can get lost in all the excitement and prepartion and forget the awesome responsibility given to them.
Keep writing!
Judy Sauer 11/25/06
Enjoyed reading your article. Thanks for sharing this story.