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Motherhood and God's Children - by Molly Dutina

So hard to know I if I am the problem when it comes to raising my kids in a Christian home. Is there more shame than love? Is there more condemnation than forgiveness? Am I making the Gospel unpalatable by my attitudes, harsh tone of voice, and opinions? Oh God, deliver me!

And then You send an illuminating thought, that You have no Grandchildren, only children. You call each of us. Each of my children must make their own choice to follow Christ. My best hope is to let them go into the hands of the Living God.

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” Hebrews 10:19-24 NIV

Will I choose to spur them on toward love and good deeds? The LORD teaches me so often through object lessons. At a party store I had to purchase a rubber hand. It was October and the hand was edged with rubber blood. It was soft enough I could cut that off. You see, the lesson was not a severed hand. The lesson was that I could release my children into God’s hands or He could pry my fingers open. If He had to prise them open I would likely have some broken bones in the process. That rubber hand sat on my dashboard for months to remind me to hold all things loosely. Corrie ten Boom told us, “Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.”

Molly Dutina and her husband, Bob, call The Crossing home. She is a writer and a member of a number of teams at The Crossing including The Crossing Blog Team.

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