Laine Lawson Craft is an absolute inspiration. She has written a very good book called, The Parent’s Battle Plan. Basically, her story of all three of her kids, to one degree or another, becoming “prodigals” and in her book she gives us wonderful principles to help any who have experienced the same thing to help bring them back. Today, her adult kids are all in a very good place. Laine is an inspirational speaker and writer. You can learn more about her book and her ministry at LaineLawsonCraft.com.
Our Children Belonged to God First
No matter what we are facing with our children, there is one-and only one-fact to which we can cling during the lowest times of chaos. Our children belonged to God before they were lent to us. When we were busy dreaming about what color hair our child would have or what gender our loved one was going to be, God already knew. There is a huge difference between what we did and what He did to usher them into the world. God literally called them into existence.
God is all-seeing and all-knowing. Nothing exists outside of Him, and nothing happens without His knowledge. The Bible tells us, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). This demonstrates His foreknowledge of children. When God speaks to Jeremiah, He prefers him to know his origin. This means every human, including our child, has a relationship with his or her Creator from pre-birth to afterlife. It is truly an eternal partnership.
If God brought our children into existence, then it follows suit that He specifically entrusted them to us. He intends us to love and care for them throughout their lives. The Bible includes many tips and guidelines on how to do that. Most of us have heard the declaration, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he grows older he will not abandon it” (Proverbs 22:6). There is no doubt that, as parents, we all try to do that very thing. Some of our children, however, have to run interference with an unseen enemy that can alter their paths greatly. Depending on how much they listen to outside influences, this verse may seem beyond impossible to stand on or believe.
And that is just what dark influences have us do. It is our job not to go down the proverbial rabbit hole with our children. We are, instead, to choose to fight to bring them back into out plane of existence. Although we may be tempted to give up or feel we have failed, God still believes in our ability to walk through “better or worse” with them. He will give us strength to get through it all.