by Lygia Lovelace
Early Easter morning, I sat
down in my favorite chair, with my Bible, and thought about
the upcoming day.
"What a special day, Father!
Thank you for the promise of Easter, and the hope it brings
to us! Please…make this special day meaningful to my family…speak
to my children this morning, as we worship You…"
Do you ever pray for your children
on Sunday mornings? What about during the week? Each morning,
before I know they'll be having their quiet times, I pray
for the Word to speak to them clearly -- encouraging them,
convicting them, drawing them closer to the Father. Each
Sunday morning before we attend church, I pray for their
worship experience -- that God would further write His name
upon their hearts.
I must pray! I cannot
teach them the Way without the Spirit leading the
Way! There's no way that I can draw them to God, impress
on them the importance of the Word, or deepen their walks
with Christ! I am too much of a sinner myself to dare assume
that I might have the ability to lead someone else to conviction.
That is the Spirit's work.
So I must pray.
That's why, when Josiah looked
up into my face during worship on Easter Sunday morning
and asked about the two thieves, I knew God was at work.
It has been three years since
our little African children have come to live with us. From
nearly the moment we held them, the twins, now almost four,
have embraced us wholeheartedly. Almost immediately we were
"Mommy" and "Daddy" to the girls, without
reserve or doubt.
It has been different with
I wish I could know more about
his first few years of life, before he came to live with
us. Even as a preschooler, he has some memories of life
in Africa…memories of hunger, memories of loss.
Sometimes he forgets to smile.
And sometimes, he steals.
At first, when we discovered
this was happening, I was devastated. To my shame, I was
also indignant. I began muttering to the Lord…
"How could this be happening?
Why would he steal?
After all, we give him everything
he needs…YOU give him everything he needs! What are we going
to do about this, Father?!
He obviously has a BIG problem!
This could take a lifetime to fix! I just don't think I
have the energy to deal with this!"
We tried talking to him, reasoning
with him, disciplining him…everything we knew to try.
The stealing continued.
Then, Easter Sunday morning
As we Lovelace's participated
in worship on that bright Sunday morning, a picture appeared
on the video screen -- a picture of Jesus, on the cross,
with two others.
That's when Josiah looked up
into my face, and asked about those two thieves.
He was pulling on my arm. I
was a little annoyed. He began talking to me, but I couldn't
hear him. I had to bend down -- to put my ear to his lips
-- as he asked,
"Those men on both sides
of Jesus…are those…the robbers?" Tears of sadness
and conviction were in my little son's eyes.
I was amazed at Josiah's insight,
because, though we had told the Easter story in our home
this year, we had not focused on the thieves…
…but the Spirit knew what my
I sat down and looked into
his eyes. "Yes, those are the robbers…but Josiah! Jesus
loved both of them, very much. Do you see that one? He decided
to follow Jesus! And he never stole again…"
As the music continued, I watched
my little boy. His eyes were fixed on Jesus and that one
robber, with eyes of sadness, and five-year-old revelation.
That was several weeks ago.
Has Josiah stopped stealing?
No. He still struggles with
this sin from time to time.
I struggle with sin, too. Do
But Easter Sunday was significant
to me, because it marked, for me, the revelation of a journey.
The Father has begun a journey in my son's life. My boy
is only five. We have a lifetime of learning yet to go.
And God is doing a work in
my life, too. I have put on my traveling shoes, as I have
decided to accompany the Father on this boy's journey. I
'm glad Josiah has a whole lifetime yet to go -- I want
to be there -- teaching him, loving him, encouraging him,
praying for him, releasing him…to the Father.
Over the years, as God has
allowed me to lead women's Bible studies and pray with women,
the single most heartbreaking concern among these precious
ladies has been the spiritual condition of their own children.
Women who walk with God so desire to see their family walking
with God! John spoke wisely when he wrote…
no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
III John 4
My intercessory prayer notebook
is stuffed full of requests for children -- grown and not
yet grown -- who have neglected the Way, strayed from the
Way, and rejected the Way. And in my own life, among some
of my own children, I have these same personal requests.
As I have prayed with these
precious ladies, I have seen despair and hopelessness as
they express their concerns and prayer requests. I, too,
have felt that same despair and hopelessness, and not just
with a five-year-old.
"I've prayed for years!"
one woman remarked. "I just don't understand it! I
brought my son to church every week! At one time,
it looked like he was going to live for God -- he even took
his own family to church for a few months…but…they just
stopped going. Now my grandchildren know nothing about the
"Not one of my
three boys walks with God," another woman exclaimed,"nor
does my husband! I am all alone in my faith, though
we all attended church while our boys were young…"
"My daughter wanted to
be a missionary when she was a little girl. Now she has
a child -- and she's never been married! I fear for her
because of the lifestyle she has chosen!" cried another.
Oh, my dear ladies, my sweet
mothers, never stop praying! Never stop hoping! Remember
I Corinthians 13?
Love always protects, always
trusts, always hopes, always perseveres…
Love never fails.
Where are your traveling shoes?
Are you too weary for the journey? Don't give up! God has
chosen you as the mother of these children, and the Godly
grandmother of this second generation. It's time to get
serious! It's time to teach, by Word and example! It's time
to love and encourage! It's time to pray! And it's definitely
time to release your precious ones to the Father. He loves
them more than you do. He loves them for eternity.
Are you seeking the Father?
Then the Spirit is at work. You must trust Him.
Remember Josiah's revelation.
And He said to me, "My grace
is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in
Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities,
that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches,
in needs, in persecutions, in distresses,
for Christ's sake.
For when I am weak, then I am strong.
II Corinthians 12:9-10
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