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In Other Words: His Purpose

God’s promises are never affected
by our failures.
He can use us at any age.

by Michael Youssef from Leading the Way

Ihave several friends who are going through the heartbreak of losing children – not in actual death – but to the world.   Their children were brought up in good Christian homes, homeschooled, know the truth, know God, yet have chosen to live ungodly lives that have torn up and grieved parents so deeply.   Families are separated, lies told, never seeing grandchildren, another child in a work detention home, and yet there does not seem to be the the turning back to God.  I imagine moms laying awake many nights, crying and praying, fearing the worst, hoping for reconcilliation.  One mom told me she feels at times her son has died, there just was no funeral.  I tried to encourage her that God still loves her son and wants him back even more than she does.

Did these children grow up in perfect homes or have perfect parents?  Absolutely not!  The parents would be the first to admit this!  Despite our failures as parents, God still promises,

Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old,
he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6

“OLD” could be a long way off.  It could be well after  the parent’s deaths.  That’s where faith steps in, claiming the promise, and our continued praying.  Our children get to the age when they make their own decisions.  They have to learn a lot.  They have to fall and we cannot always pick them up and fix their problems like we used to kiss their owies and make them all better.

And we know that all things work together for good
to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

Our failures as parents

the failures of our children EQUALS
God still using it for His good when we allow Him.

It does not matter the age of the parents or the age of the children.  HIS PURPOSE is He can indeed use us at any age.  We as parents can share with younger parents what we have learned and what we would do differently and what we did do right.  Young parents need to know they are not alone and that we  have walked the same paths ahead of them.  And then our children, despite their failures and going wayward, God can still use them and WANTS to use them, even if it means them learning some awful lessons.  It may mean not until they are much older – but God can use them with their younger generation(s).

He wants to use us – any age – any circumstance – any failure.  Are you ready?  HE is!

This week, KAREN is hosting “In ‘Other’ Words” on her blog, In Love W.I.T.H. Jesus. Be sure to visit her site and the links to the other women who have shared on this quote. Then come back here on Friday, for next Tuesday’s new quote for In ‘Other’ Words. Be blessed.


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12 thoughts on “In Other Words: His Purpose

  1. Loni, this was incredible. Truly a word that spoke deeply to my heart today. I have 2 prodigal children, I know the heart-ache and the tears shed. Thanks for being sensitve to the HS when you wrote this morning. This has given me so much HOPE! I am ready for all God has in store!! Blessings to you♥

  2. Loni, I’ve been sick this week so I didn’t participate today but I wanted to at least add a comment. My paternal grandfather was such a godly example for me when I was growing up. I know how he prayed for his children and grandchildren. I rebelled for quite a number of years and he died before he could see that I returned. It was at his wife, my grandmother’s funeral, that I felt the Holy Spirit convicting me of my sins. I left that funeral determined to return to church. I had a renewed hunger for things of God. I suddenly became so interested in reading and studying the Bible. My grandfather and grandmother never got to see the fruit of their prayers.

    I want to encourage people who have wayward children to not give up praying for them. They know the truth in their hearts as you’ve taught them. Trust that God will bring people or circumstances into their lives to bring them back. You may never see the result on this side of eternity but trust that God loves them more than you ever could.

    I am an answer to the prayers of my grandparents.

  3. And we know that all things work together for good
    to them that love God,
    to them who are the called according to His purpose.
    Romans 8:28
    . . . this passage pretty much covers the “failure” parts of life, doesn’t it?
    I appreciate so much the path you took on this quote. So much truth here for so many of us. For me, your post only encourages me to be the best example of Christ’s love and grace to — not just my children, but — all who look at my life!
    Happy IOW, friend!!

  4. Great post! A very soothing balm for those of us with prodigal children (or in my case sister) in our lives. So much hope – God will not disappoint. His Word always comes to pass.

  5. That was great. I replied once before but I think it went out into cyberspace somewhere. I had my own prodigal and feeling of failures to deal with as many parents go through. Praise the Lord God loves us failures and all, that we aren’t as bad as we make ourselves out to be.

  6. We have struggled with this with one of our children too. I keep thinking of the prodigal son. I don’t see where Christ condemned the parents. Yes, they were sinners as we are. But as you say our children have a free will just as we do. Keeping the big picture in view is so important. And having compassion on those who are suffering through this. God knows the end of the story. I enjoy seeing how everyone has a different thought in mind for the quotes.

  7. I have taught at a Christian school for 24 years, and I have witnessed the same kind of thing. Many former students continue to walk with God, of course, but far too many walk away. It breaks my heart, and as a teacher I sometimes feel that we have failed them. Your post is so encouraging and true.

  8. Being a single father for 21 years, I thank you for writing this post. My son has chosen now to be a Prodigal Son. I am realizing each day that it is not in my control and to LET GO and LET GOD. Easier said than done, but through it all I know that God has the final say. I am praying that God will prepare me and my heart to receive my son back to me without condemnation and persecution. I pray to be swift to hear and slow to speak and that God will continue to be Lord and Savior not only over my life but the life of the child that I raised in the church. I pray that God will restore unto him all the things that he learn as a child to be the man of God for which he was created.

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