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When Moses' mother pushed him out onto the water, the Holy Spirit immediately took control and started steering that basket on its way. She had done all she could for her son. From then on, it was up to God:
And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink. And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.
(Ex. 2:3,5)
As a parent, when you come to the end of your human abilities and wisdom, you can steer your children into God's hands. Then you can let go, knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is in control, and your children won't be tossed by every wave that comes along. The Holy Spirit will still be there to lead, guide and discipline those youngsters.

When we put our kids into God's hands, He always does a better job than we ever could. Moses' parents tried to protect their son and hide him from Pharaoh. But when God took over the situation, He dropped their baby right into Pharaoh's lap! He did just the opposite of what the parents would have done.

Isaiah 55:9 tells us that God's ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. When we have a problem with our kids, we are tempted to pray, "Now, God, You need to do such-and-such." But we often make decisions directly opposite from the way God wants it done.

We have to learn to turn our children over to God and let Him guide their lives. We have to realize that it's not our battle anymore - it's God's. And He knows how to take care of our kids much better than we do. As long as we keep trying to run the show, we will only get everything all fouled up.

It's so important that we as parents be aware of God's purposes for our children. Most of us have dreams for them, and we try to direct them in certain ways - and there is nothing wrong with that - but if we aren't careful, we will let our own desires for them win out over God's. We have to remember that God has a will, a plan and a purpose for every child's life, and we need to seek Him to understand what His will, plan and purpose are.

We need to teach our children that they each have definite gifts and callings on their lives. We need to nurture and support and develop those gifts and callings so they will grow up, not to be what we think is important, but to fulfill God's will and plan for their lives.

Proverbs 22:6 in says, "Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it" (AMP).

Source: How To Raise Your Kids in Troubled Times by Buddy and Pat Harrison
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Buddy & Pat Harrison
Web site: Pat Harrison Ministries
Buddy Harrison and his wife, Pat, were co-founders of Faith Christian Fellowship International Church. He served as president of the organization from 1978 until he went home to be with the Lord on November 28, 1998.

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