Correct your son, and he will give you rest; Yes, he will give delight to your soul.
Proverbs 29:17 NKJV
Last Sunday, I was chatting with another lady about raising children.
Her youngest, a lovely young teacher, smiled and listened to her mom relating some language trouble her older sister had experienced.
When the older lady finished, I smiled and said I understood.
“Two of our children had difficulties with speaking.”
I briefly told about our second daughter and then spoke about our son.
I tried to be succinct with my words, putting many years into a few sentences.
The lady’s face wore surprise.
“I had no idea! When he was at the VBS training he was so articulate.”
I felt my emotions rising, I didn’t want to respond with tears and make my companions uncomfortable.
But I praised God!
He alone, understands what our son has had to go through to be the young man he is today.
It’s been a difficult road and we are not going to be at the end anytime soon.
I wouldn’t trade it.
The joy our son is to us can not be contained in a few bland sentences, but to give a hint I’ll relate our morning.
I woke him up early, requesting his help.
His response, “Okay, I’ll get right up.”
He got dressed and met me outside, asking what I wanted him to do first.
A bit later we discussed what else needed to be done and agreed he could head inside.
As I finished up the watering, I kept smelling something, I couldn’t place it, but my stomach reminded me I’d not eaten.
I was nearly finished, when he stuck his head outside.
“Mom, are you almost done? Because I cooked you breakfast and your toast is up. Do you want butter?”
“Yes! Thank you! I’ll be right in.”
After breakfast we each had tasks and I headed to the garage to work on furniture.
After an hour, I took a break and sent today’s prayer out.
Our son received it and responded:
“That is very beautiful I think Jesus likes to get letters.”
I had listened to my Bible app not long before this and it had ended with Proverbs 29:17.
My heart resounding with the truth of those last words: “…Yes, he will give delight to your soul.”
Children are a blessing from God.
I’m so thankful for each and every one of our children and grandchildren.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the truths of scripture! How blessed we are to be able to see Your promises fulfilled in our son’s life. Truly, You have granted us so much. Lord, I don’t know what You have planned for our son, but I trust You with his future and thank You for giving him to our family. Please continue to teach us how to be encouraging, how to train and exhort him through Your Word. Please encourage other parents who are in the throws of the difficult without any hint of a chance at improvement. Help them to be diligent, loving, compassionate, and wise. Help them to learn their child or children and be the parent that child needs. Thank You for Your blessings. Thank You for children. I know they are dear to Your heart. I love You, Jesus. Amen.