Sunday, May 1, 2016

Christine Lindsay Gives us a Mother's Day Message

LEAVING OUR KIDS TO GOD by Christine Lindsay

As Christian moms we know we should pray and leave our concerns for our kids to our Heavenly Father. We know that, according to the scriptures that He loves them even more than we do. So why was it, that back in 2006 while I prayed desperately on my knees for my daughter that I feared God was turning a deaf ear to my prayers?


Why was I struggling to trust God to heal my child’s life, and tempted to try and “fix” her life in my own way? It breaks our heart when our kids make all the wrong choices. And Lana sure was as at university. She was also paying for those choices in painful ways that have left physical scars to this day. Everything her dad and I had taught her about obeying the Lord’s will drifted out of Lana like a dandelion puff in a breeze. 

Life can be gut-wrenching at times, and when our kids hurt, we hurt.

One day as I was cleaning our den I found a box of old photographs, old diplomas and photographs, and came across a faded blue airmail envelope my grandmother had sent me back in 1980 upon my engagement.

She wrote how thankful she was to the Lord that I had turned my young life around after a tumultuous youth, and that I had found a good partner in life. My grandmother wrote that her prayers for me were answered, that I was living the joyful things that God had planned for me. 

For most of my life my grandmother and I were separated by the Atlantic Ocean. With her still in Ireland and me living in Canada, she didn’t have much opportunity to do things for me, other than pray and write letters. She certainly didn’t have the opportunity to “fix” things for me if I messed up my life which I certainly did until I turned around and started obeying God.

My grandmother died in 1984, but many years later in 2006 as I re-read her letter, and I was the mom of an adult daughter, I felt the Lord’s comfort. Behind my grandmother's writing was the Lord's voice right when I needed it, and His gentle reminder to trust Him with Lana. 

I resisted the urge to “fix” everything in Lana’s life. It wasn’t a matter of letting her suffer the consequences and to learn from that. We had to by faith put her into God’s hands, to trust that He would open her eyes. It was hard at first to stand back in faith and let God work. But then we saw the Lord start to work in her life. We saw our prayers for Lana answered. In 2010 the Lord brought her back to Himself, and her faith was all the stronger for it, because it was her own faith in Christ, and not just that of her parents.

As much as we want to, we cannot save the ones we love. Only Christ can do that. Give your loved ones over to God. Trust Him to save them, because ultimately seeing Him save my child reaffirmed in my soul that He had saved me.

Seeing our kids desperate need of God underlined for me that I too desperately need the Lord for everything, my heartbeat, my breath, my salvation. There is not one single thing that we can do to “fix” anything in life. It’s a matter of stepping back and letting God do the saving.

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12 (NIV)

And even though at the time I was praying so hard for my daughter she was an adult, in my heart she was still my little girl. And Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there. Matthew 19: 14-15 (NIV)
 

This is one of the themes of Sofi’s Bridge my brand new historical romance release.

 

Read Chapter One for Free, click HERE

Sofi's Bridge

 

Seattle Debutante Sofi Andersson will do everything in her power to protect her sister who is suffering from shock over their father’s death. Charles, the family busy-body, threatens to lock Trina in a sanatorium—a whitewashed term for an insane asylum—so Sofi will rescue her little sister, even if it means running away to the Cascade Mountains with only the new gardener Neil Macpherson to protect them. But in a cabin high in the Cascades, Sofi begins to recognize that the handsome immigrant from Ireland harbors secrets of his own. Can she trust this man whose gentle manner brings such peace to her traumatized sister and such tumult to her own emotions? And can Neil, the gardener, continue to hide from Sofi that he is really Dr. Neil Galloway, a man wanted for murder by the British police? Only an act of faith and love will bridge the distance that separates lies from truth and safety.

 

PURCHASE LINKS FOR SOFI'S BRIDGE

 

AMAZON.com (Paper and Ebook)

Pelican Book Group (Paper and Ebook)

Barnes and Noble (paper and Ebook)

 

 

Christine Lindsay is the author of multi-award-winning Christian fiction. She is currently writing her 8th novel. Aside from being a busy writer and speaker, Christine is the happy wife of David of 35 years, a mom and a grandma. She makes her home on the west coast of Canada, and in Aug. 2016 she will see her long-awaited non-fiction book released, Finding Sarah, Finding Me: A Birth Mother’s Story.

Please drop by Christine’s website www.ChristineLindsay.org or follow her on Amazon on Twitter. Subscribe to her quarterly newsletter, and be her friend on Pinterest , Facebook, and  Goodreads
 
****P. S. from Janet Thank you for stopping by to visit Writing with God's Hope blog on this Sunday, Christine. I'm excited to hear about your new release and know others will be also.

With Mother's Day coming up next Sunday, I think we women understand the desire to save or fix our children, nieces or nephews, or maybe our grandchildren, but only God is able to do that. As we near our day of honor, thanks for this reminder.


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