Are you a grandparent and/or parent who is able to rejoice as your grandchildren and/or grown children who you love have made the choice to love, know and walk with God? If so, you have much for which to be thankful and much about which to rejoice! If this is you, do not, however; think you are able to relax. All it takes is one hurt. One difficult situation. One disappointment. One poor influence to sidetrack and derail them in their walk and leave them where they turn away from God. Continue to pray for them. Continue to pray for them. Continue to pray for them.Are you a grandparent/parent who has a heart which breaks for a grandchild/grown child you love who has turned away from their walk with God? It is all too easy to feel despair, be discouraged, heartbroken and fear they will not turn back. For you I want to say the same thing; continue to pray for them. Continue to pray for them. Continue to pray for them.
You may think, if all you are able to do is to pray, there isn't really much you are able to do. This not the case. Think about it this way - there are things you are not able to do. You are not able to make the ones you love who are walking with God stay in a place where they continue to walk with God. You are not able to bring back the ones who are not walking with God. YOU are not able to do these things, but God is, so when you pray, you are turning to the One who is able; praying is the most powerful thing you are able to do.
A couple years ago my pastor, Jim Samra, talked about how God promised in Isaiah 29 to do something which will leave us, "stunned and amazed" by bringing back those who have turned away from Him. Hearing about God's promise is encouraging, so no matter if the ones you love are walking with God, or not, take 33 minutes and listen at this link.
God loves the ones we love more than do we; He wants them to love and follow Him more than do we. Do the most powerful thing you are able to do - pray, pray, pray and trust God for the day when you will be able to, "stand in awe of God", when He brings back the ones you love who are "wayward".
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