Afterword: The Source of Strength

Kids! Precious kids, wonderful kids, naughty kids, happy kids! If you have kids, they have changed your life. One reason for this is that they need you so much. In the beginning they are helpless and depend totally on you. Little by little they start to grow up, but they still need you a lot and look to you for help and answers—at least until they start getting older and become more independent.

God’s Word says that we must be like little children to enter the kingdom of God. Seeing how very dependent children are on their parents when they are small helps us understand a bit better what God means, and how He wants us to be with Him. Your little children are so believing, so accepting, so trusting, so dependent upon you for help and guidance. They look to you for everything. As they get a little older, they become more independent and not as willing to accept your help, but instead try to find answers for themselves. They often want to see what they can do without you, even before they are able. At times like that, you wish that they would just come to you for help and counsel, that they would realize that it is okay to need and ask for someone’s help, that it is okay not to know it all or be able to do it all themselves.

Our heavenly Father desires the same of us—that we’ll realize our limitations and our need for His help and counsel. That is why He sent us His Son, Jesus. Rather than struggling on, trying to figure it all out or do everything on our own without help from anyone, He wants us to look to Jesus, to be like little children who turn to their parents for the help and answers they need. And Jesus can do even more for us than we can for our children. He can give us light and love and salvation, and the promise of Heaven, His eternal kingdom of joy and happiness, where we’ll become part of His heavenly family forever.

The greatest help you can be to your child is to become as a trusting little child yourself, and to learn to let Jesus take you by the hand and lead you into eternal life. As you learn to trust the Lord, to follow Him, to open your heart and life to Him, and to receive and follow His counsel and Word, your life will be transformed. Jesus will not only give you eternal life, but He will look after you and help provide the things you need—including what you need to properly care for and guide your children.

If you have not yet received Jesus into your life, it is very easy to do. All you need to do is look up to Him right now, and like a little child ask Him to help you, to come into your heart and help you make it through life. Here is a simple prayer to receive Jesus as your Savior, which you can pray on your own or with your children:

Jesus, please forgive me for sometimes not being as kind or loving to others as I should be. Please forgive me for the wrongs I’ve done, and give me Your free gift of eternal life. Come and share my life, and be in my heart so I can be more like You in all that I think and say and do. Please help me to be the best parent that I can be in the care of the children You have given me. Amen.

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