I’ve heard it a million times…and even if someone didn’t exactly SAY IT, they project it when they meet my family… “Impossible. It’s just impossible…to raise planet-changing children who love Jesus in today’s world. Whatever your selling, I’m not buying. It’s just NOT possible.” And you know what? They’re right.
IT IS IMPOSSIBLE. It’s also impossible that this woman who struggled with infertility has 15 children. It’s impossible that this formerly wayward teenager could have four teenagers who love and follow Jesus…and it is highly unlikely that this woman could have a solid marriage based on her former relationships…
BUT WITH GOD-ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. Folks, you stop believing that lie of the enemy right now. I am here to declare to you that not only is it POSSIBLE to raise Jesus-loving, world-changing kids, but I’ll take it further and tell you it’s His greatest desire to see you come–minute by minute- to Him for wisdom with your children, and for you to have the same joy and peace and FIRE that I do….that through HIM, these kids are going to impact a generation and leave a mark on the world that says, ‘JESUS IS REAL!‘ I have this little joke…only…it’s not very funny. Whenever we meet new people, we usually get one of two reactions. Either parents are all questions….how do you do it? The laundry, the cooking….and then sometimes they open up and they just really want to KNOW how. Maybe they’ll begin to share their struggles, begin to open up and ministry happens! That is a beautiful thing. I love it when the Lord does that.
But the other reaction I like to call “The Heisman.” It’s when a parent or even (and this reaction happens especially with people who are ‘in ministry”) an entire family basically puts their hands up (in Heisman fashion—see the statue? You should be laughing!) and gives me the “it can’t be done” look. The “it’s not for real” glare. Well, moms and dads, we ARE for real. And the tough thing about going public with this kind of ministry is that unlike most pastors or teachers who are teaching you the Word and biblical application for your life, I am asking you to go ahead and TEST MY FRUIT. SERIOUSLY INSPECT my life’s work. Look at my kids, examine them. No they are not perfect, but the fruit of how the Lord led us in raising them is undeniably good. His wisdom, the way His Holy spirit walked with us every step of the way is my testimony to you to say IT IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE. With God, all things are possible! You too can raise not just “nice kids,” “good kids,” or even “obedient kids.” But you can raise the kind of kids who have purpose, walk boldly in it, and stay tight with Jesus! So to those who give us the Heisman…it’s ok. We love you. We hope to win you over with love and joy. I pray you stop believing the “it’s impossible” lies the enemy is whispering in your ear about what you see in our family. I’m asking you to BELIEVE WITH ME that it IS possible, with Jesus, to raise the children He has given you in such a way that YOU are a city on a hill. And through your family He will draw untold numbers of people who are seeking for the same grace, love, and peace they see in the eyes of your children.