Parenting Thankfulness

Wearing her yellow teddy bear pj’s and smiling from ear to ear, my 3 month old daughter Grace made certain this day would start with a smile. Laying in our queen sized bed between my wife Elizabeth and I, God’s precious love filled me with overwhelming shame.

Shame for the world we live in where parents are left to worry for their children. Mothers and fathers reminded daily that if not war, or terrorism, or a drunk driver or a thief, that our world is a dangerous place to raise children. What’s worse is that the bible tells us our world will continue to be a place where good and evil coexist until judgment day.

The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the householder came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No; lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.” (Matthew 13:34-30)

With this poarable in mind, praying about all the evil that surrounds us helped me grow toward a different perspective. One that inspires parents to be thankful for each day we get to spend with our children and keep looking to God for more.

It is inevitable that one day all moms and dads will be separated from their children through death. In most cases, children bury their parents. The time we get to spend with everyone on earth is limited, it is wise to make the most of this time while serving the Lord!

Trusting that God will protect all of us, knowing in our hearts that He will continue to shine His light bright upon us, we can safely get out of bed each day and walk the earth just like Jesus did.

The child within Christ was the holy spirit, the driving force behind all believers. Walking from place to place He ministered and preached the word of God. Trust the Lord, love the Lord and enjoy all He has given us.

Shamed to be so fortunate, so blessed, feeling helpless that so many people around the world are starving, many with no bed to sleep on. What to do about this shame?

Pray.

God can strengthen you and inspire you to follow in His footsteps. Living a good life is a reward and conducive to a life of worship. The more you have, the more you should tithe. This is good for the church and good for God and, good for you.

Enjoy the fruits of your efforts, taste the succulent nectar flowing from Heaven. God will see to it all those deserving eternal peace, all believers get to rejoice with Him forever.

God invites all of us to serve him through our work, our families and our lives. The world will only be as good as we make it out to be and remains a passage way to eternal life.

Somehow, when I think of the time I have actually spent so far with Gracie, three months of complete parental joy, I start to shed the shame and fill my heart with thankfulness.

Truly, parenting has been a miracle for Elizabeth and I and we pray all of you remain thankful for the gift of life!

Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives
For looking after us, our families,
Our friends and all those in need.

Lord we pray you will continue to protect us from evil,
That you will shine your light bright upon us
Day and night, always.

Father we pray you guide our footsteps
So that we may become more like you,
And ask you to strengthen us
To steer from evil and resist temptation.

God we love you and thank you for all that surrounds us!

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: DanielStPierre@ThriveThroughChrist.com

Posted in Bible Studies.