... is God's desire for you.
I was talking to sister in the Lord early this year and we touched on this subject hence the title. We talked about the fact that we must be careful not to be so (too, for some) engaged (or even entangled) in the work of the ministry and not have time for our children. God's desire for every set of parents is that we safely deliver each child twice.
It is one thing to safely deliver your children into the world but it's more important to safely "deliver them to the Lord" - quoting my sister. That phrase is so apt and accurate when you read (or remember) what Jesus told us in John 3:3-6.*
God truly desires Safe Delivery for us - after all, He's our Great Deliverer. To deliver our child(ren) safely the 2nd time, we must hear and heed His Word. In Deuteronomy 6:6-9, He tells us:
Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates. (Message)
This is one of my favorite family-time verses. A wise person said:
"There's never a good time not to spend time with our children" - and I wholeheartedly agree.
Just as a pregnant woman is never separated from the baby in her womb until he/she is delivered and the health of the baby is dependent on her health and eating habits, we need to ensure we're connected with our children. The connection is not to control them - not at all - it should be there so we constantly care for them enough to commit them into the God's hands - even long after they have moved out of our homes. Wishing us all a safe 2nd delivery. AMEN!
* John 3: 3-6 Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God. Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter his mother’s womb again and be born? Jesus answered, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a man is born of water and [even] the Spirit, he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God. What is born of [from] the flesh is flesh [of the physical is physical]; and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. (Amplified)