For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
How many times do I have to revisit the same hurt? Once and for all I have to forgive the people in my past who hurt me. Should it seem ironic that God uses my children and their same rejection and lack of support as a spring-board to my healing?
So I admit that when important people in my life let me down it brings back my father’s busy work schedule from my childhood days. He often missed my athletic events because we lived on a dairy farm and he had to work. I know he was doing what he had to do to support our family. I have harbored bitterness that he did not make me a priority. But that does not give me the right to stay angry at him. I have to let go of the hurt and forgive him once and for all. Every time I think I have taken that step, the enemy brings up another situation where someone has not responded the way I think they should. The enemy uses a forgotten birthday or a missed recital to send me right back into a tail spin of hurt.
But God’s Word is so clear that I have to forgive. It is not an option. And when that pain comes up again, I will continue to trust God with it and allow Him to bring healing to every situation.
Meanwhile, I can only be responsible for may actions. So my husband and I will be at the recital, and on the sidelines cheering my kids on, even if we are the only ones there. After all, we are the parents and we are the ones that really matter to our children. They don’t even notice the other missing people. For that I am thankful!
My prayer today: Lord help me to be the best parent that I can be with your help, and I leave the rest up to you. You will shape the character of my children and you will speak into their lives about what is really important. You bless them Father and help their Dad and I to speak blessing and encouragement into every part of their hearts and minds. And Father I trust everything to you: That they are growing up fast and we only have a few years left with them under our roof, that they will turn out to be responsible caring adults, that they will have compassionate hearts, and that they will be taught by you Lord and great will be their peace (Isaiah 54:13).
Father I commit and release my kids to you today, and I pray that you will bring the people who you want to encourage and support them into their lives. In Jesus name, Amen.