I know, O LORD, that a man's life is not his own;
it is not for man to direct his steps.
I have often been guilty of planning my life without consulting God. It's a dangerous (and common) habit that I don't recommend. But what has been laid on my heart recently is that my children's lives are not for me to plan either. God already has a purpose mapped out for them. While my husband and I have been entrusted to guide them, ultimately we should be pointing them to ask the LORD what His plans are for them. Yes, this requires faith and a humble heart to listen, but it also takes a bit of the fear out. We are accountable for how we guide them, but we don't carry the ultimate responsibility in their lives' direction.
We are currently at a crossroads in our parenting, and I'm thankful for God's faithful reminder that He is my children's Father too. He will be guiding their steps even when I am unable to be there. They are His to direct.
And I will pray that they follow.
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