Most of you know, our son Eric got married last Saturday. It was such a sweet wedding. The service was led by Alyssa's (Eric's wife) pastor brothers who just did an outstanding job making the ceremony very personal and touching. Friends and family came all the way from Ohio to be with us, and the place was just filled with love and support for our kids. Very, very moving. We all cried pretty much continuously...
A friend I was talking to tonight said, "Do you know how lucky you are to have both of your kids married to Christ followers?"
I told him, "I praise the Lord constantly for our kids and now for their amazing spouses."
I feel blessed beyond description by my son-in-law and daughter-in-law. Both are Godly young adults.
We have prayed for Godly spouses since our children were born. I had nights where I begged God to protect our kids from people that did not know Him. And He answered our prayers.
Every time you read Bible stories to your kids or explain to them what is right or wrong believe me when I say, the time of teaching passes quickly. Even the days that feel completely overwhelming will be a vague memory very soon. Instead of your hands resting on their shoulders as you speak firm reprimand into their face, close your eyes and picture yourself having to reach UP in order to rest your arms on his fully formed body in order to dance...
Fully engage with your kids, teach them, pay attention to them, build them up with encouragement be the influencer in their lives instead of the things of this world. And cover them with prayer. It's SO worth while when you see them begin to make good choices, God choices!