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this past week, I went to youth camp with our youth. My son wasn't able to go because of his baby he had to take care of. Really, he didn't want to go because he couldn't bring his cell phone. The day we left, I called my mother to check on him, and she began to tell me he was seeing a 27 yr old woman. He's 17. I was very angry and discouraged all of a sudden. I began to think, what's the purpose Lord. You pour yourself into your children. You sacrifice your time, and for what. I began to look around at all the children we took to youth camp. I thought to myself, why am I even here? My own child isn't even here. Am I just spinning my wheels. I began to think, You know, maybe I ought to just go be around children that don't know anything about the Lord and just put my time in on them. They would be more appreciative when they came to the Lord. It seems children that are born into the Lord don't appreciate Him or the gospel as much as those who never knew Him. I felt so beaten down. Everytime I turn around, my son is doing something that throws what I stand for, teach and live by in my face.
As I was telling my husband all this and pouring my feeling of discouragement out to him, he said, "Tanya, what you are discribing is exactly what the Lord did." His own people rejected Him, and He went and got another people. But he never forgot His own people. He still loved them and hasn't forsaken them. Wow! How profound is that. It encouraged me to just keep on keeping on.
I pray that our children that have grown up in the church will appreciate the Lord as much as those who didn't get to know the Lord until later on in life. I pray that those who teach the youth out there including myself will never give up on what God has called us to do. Keep praying, keep fasting, keep believing, keep teaching. Don't give up.
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16 Aug 2011
True! Our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ never gives up on us. It may be painful and a bit embarrasing sometimes but we have to keep on trusting in Him and like JOB in the Bible....keep praying for our children, far and near. Thanks for sharing and God bless you and your family.
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