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Jan 28th, 2021
Upstream: Parenting
By: Rebecca Hatton
2 minute read 

Deuteronomy 11:21 that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth. (NIV)

Maybe your mother said something similar. Here’s how it went growing up in my home. More than once, when she was completely worn out with my antics, I heard my sweet Little Mama say these words: “Rebecca,” she would sigh, “I wish you no physical harm. Just a child like yourself someday.” 

Powerful and effective, the Mother’s Wish might just be something God winks at and says, “Hey, Mom, I’ve got your back.” Listen, I’m certain God heard my mother. I got two children very similar in nature to myself, and I didn’t even give birth to them!

One, affectionately known as The Great Debater in our family, questioned and challenged everything (and I do mean everything). At times I prefaced my “ask” with, “Now, this isn’t open to debate, but I need you to …” you name it. But [sigh], it was always questioned. The other had enough drama to fill Broadway theaters. Oh, don’t misunderstand me. I love them both dearly. I’d give either of them a kidney. But goodness, some of those days were long.

The days are long, but the years are short, as the saying goes. Every now and then, I long wistfully for the days when life was short on both time and temper, and laundry was impossible to finish. Who am I kidding? Laundry still never gets finished and there are only two of us!

But it seems like whenever God talks about family, He offers promises. It’s one of the Big Ten. Exodus 20:12 says, “Honor your father and mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” 

Inexorably tied together are God’s hope for the future and the future of the family.  2 Chronicles 7:14 declares, “...if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Just as your children bear your name, we bear His.

I’m praying this week for your parenting. I’m also praying for those of you who will someday become parents. May you bear the name of Jesus with joy and hope. May you pass on to your children what you’ve received from Him.