Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dynamic Parenting For Christ

Continuing from my last post, a Haitian woman in our Sunday School class shared a story of what I can only call, "Dynamic Parenting for Christ".
I am always saying that we as parents can help change our kids at any point in their lives, but the longer we wait, the harder it is. Especially teenagers- lol.
The woman told us the her daughter had everything and she worked 2 jobs to make sure her daughter had it all. Electronics, a beautiful room, clothes, jewelry and even perfume straight from France.
However, at some point her 16 year old daughter went into her room and said she wanted to die.
The mother asked herself why.
All she had worked for- they had everything Americans want and strive so hard for.
But they had become

she said in her Haitian accent,

"American Brats".

She made an amazing decision to forever change her daughter's life.
She sent her to Haiti.

She sent her daughter and son to live with relatives in Haiti and attend a Christian school. She wanted them to know where they had come from. What real struggle is like, how others are living, how others still manage to be close to our savior with so little.

Her daughter changed, but was in Haiti for the tremendous quakes.

Miraculously, her daughter and son were in a house and the walls caved in around them, but the spot where they stood was spared. They lived and were able to return home to NY.

The mother rejoiced and shared how her daughter now is dedicated to the Lord and has been delighting in Him ever since.

I don't know if I could make that choice for my child. Could you?
The woman looked familiar to me and I know I see her around church, but something was off. She shared that she no longer wears jewelry because it is not of any importance- just focusing on Him is.

Our children are so precious to us and the Lord has given them to us on loan.

I am still in awe of this amazing woman and I will continue to remind myself as I come across the hard decisions for my children.
Maybe I won't have to send anyone to Haiti, but I am not here just to make them happy.....

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1 comment:

  1. All I can say is WOW!!! Were these the 2 that shirley A/G were praying for for a safe return?? What an amazing story


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