Becoming The Person God Created
Wouldn't it be great if we came with instructions when we were born that clearly stated what our future would look like and what God has created us to be?
I remember when I was in 8th grade we had to take tests and surveys to try and figure out what we were supposed to be when we grew up. I thought it was silly then because at the age of 12 or 13 how in the world was I to know what I wanted to be. I chose a career path and once in high school I was briskly heading down that path. I took classes that were geared toward that career and spent a great deal of time working towards that goal.
Flash forward about 20 years (shhhh, I know - I am old) and I am a MOM. Proud to be a MOM and I know that this is where my calling is for this time in my life. Those 8th grade plans never panned out and my life went in a totally different direction.
The reason? Prayer. My 8th grade plans were not covered in prayer or prayed about at all for that matter.
Throughout the past 14 years or so I have questioned my "JOB" as a MOM. I have prayed for God to show me if I am supposed to do something different. I even went back to work when my youngest started school and worked a part time job outside of my home for 3 years. I prayed about that as well and felt it was where I was supposed to be for those 3 years. God placed me in my job for that time to make a difference and I believe I did. I quit that job with the blessing of my husband for several reasons but mostly because even though I had no children at home through the day - my heart, my job and true calling are right here at home.
While my job as a MOM is right where I believe God wants me, it would have been much easier to figure that out when I was younger if I had prayed about it or had others praying for me concerning my future.
It is so important for us to pray for our children to find out the direction that God wants for their lives and then encourage them in that so they will succeed.
I want my children to have clear direction for their future and not question or doubt the path they are taking. We make sure this doesn't happen by praying for them and with them about what God has created them to be.
From the Book
(The following are quotes and passages from Stormie Omartian in her book "The Power of a Praying Parent")
We become the person God created us to be when we ask God for guidance and then do what He tells us to do.
Pray for God to reveal to you what their gifts and talents are. Along with that ask for wisdom as to how to best encourage, nurture, develop, and train them to be all God made them to be. Helping them to appreciate their strengths and not dwell on their weaknesses was part of that.