Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6
When W.P.L. Mackay was seventeen, he left his humble Scottish home to attend college. His mother gave him a Bible in which she wrote his name and a verse of scripture. Unfortunately, college was only the beginning of a downhill lifestyle for him. At one point he pawned the Bible to get money for whiskey. His mother, however, prayed for him until she died.
Eventually, Mackay became a doctor. While working in a hospital, he encountered a dying patient who asked repeatedly for his “book.” After the man died, Mackay searched the hospital room to find what book it was that had been so important to him. He was surprised to find the very Bible he had once pawned!
Mackay went to his office and started again at the familiar writing of his mother. He thumbed through the pages, reading the many verses his mother had underscored in hopes her son might heed them in his life. After many hours of reading and reflection, Mackay prayed to God for mercy. The physician later became a minister. And the Book he once had treated so lightly became his most precious possession.
You may not live to see how your children will “turn out.” But you can trust that nothing you do for their spiritual wholeness will have been in vain!
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Every mother is like Moses. She does not enter the promised land. She prepares a world she will not see.
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Then the Lord said to him,
“This is the land I promised on oath
to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob….
I have let you see it with your eyes,
But you will not cross over into it.”
Taken from God’s Little Devotional Book for Moms