” Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it”…
Have you ever really stopped to think about the power behind this promise? I know it still gives me goosebumps even as I read it. Having had several “surrogate” children come through our lives and having to say farewell to many of them(with out the certainty of their future) it is a promise I grab onto and hold tight to.
One of the things that I adore about the upcoming ” Single Mom Spa Day” is the fact that not only do we get to love on the Mom’s with no strings, but we also get to have charge of their little ones. This is the heart behind Children’s Church in our weekly church services and also those for those in charge of the Children for the Single Mom’s Spa Day.
I have asked my dear friend, Lory Fasula (who is an overseer for Children’s Care for Spa Day along with Katie Bremerthon ) to be a guest blogger and share her heart about overseeing The Spa Day Children , her time serving in Children’s Ministry and Overseeing the kids for us at Women’s First Wednesday.
What strikes me about this verse is that we all (as God’s community) get to play a part in God’s plan for a child, His child. This verse standing on its own can be very daunting to a parent.
But the good news is that it does not have to be an individual effort.
We can come along side each other to encourage & strengthen in this task of “training up”.
Having worked in various capacities in VC’s Children’s Ministry over the years has given me the chance to be that encourager to families. I’ve had opportunities to pray with parents when dealing with life’s trials & rejoice in answered prayer or pray over a child when I sense a need. I may not ever know the outcome but am humbled to be able to play a small part. Particularly during Single Mom’s Spa Day it is so gratifying to see these women who come in in the morning looking as if the weight of the world is on their shoulders (& having been a single mom I know that is very often the feeling) to total transformation at the end of the day.
There is a lightness to their step, a shine on their face and tears of joy as they share what a few kindnesses have done for their outlook. They look at their children with a new appreciation in their eyes & leave with a determination in their step & I know we have done our part by simply giving of our time.
This is no small thing.
I encourage each of you to pray & ask God how He might use you to “train up a (His) child”.