I reminisced about the times when my adult children began their journeys toward adulthood.
When our daughter was 13, we encouraged her to begin to ask the Lord for direction for various aspects of her life as we also inquired of the Lord. Her faith grew as she learned to hear and heed the voice of God.
On our son's 13th birthday, I moved out of my spot opposite my husband at the dining room table. My son took that spot while I moved to where he sat to eat since he was a little boy. This growing young man moved into a new position in the natural to match his new position spiritually. He learned many aspects of being a man of God from his father.
My thanks are plentiful as I continue to reflect on the opportunity to impact the lives of teens. I am thankful for:
my husband's consistent, loving, and faith-filled parenting
a daughter who walks in faith
a son who appreciates the worth of prayer
parents who provided foundations for growth
teens with whom we relate on a regular basis
friends who helped me grow as a parent
helpful and faith-filled parenting examples
wise words from the Word
grace upon grace from the Father
books that inform, teach, and challenge