"God's Plan for Parenthood"
"Let God plan parenthood". Can we just stop and reflect on that statement for a second? Is there anything in any area of your life that goes better for you and your loved ones when YOU plan it than when God does? We know that God has given us the important ability of evaluating, planning, preparing, and completing our tasks in life. But all of those things must be submitted to His will and guidance, and when we go against Him and think our plan is better, it doesn't work out very well. This is true in parenthood as much as anything else. One of the most impactful things at the national March for Life in Washington, D.C. back in January was hearing woman after woman, sometimes with their husbands beside them, from all over the country publicly confessing their sin of abortion from years ago that has left them with a lifetime of regret and pain from which they are only set free by Jesus Christ and the forgiveness and freedom found in His blood. But it goes beyond that. How many of you have shut the door on the idea of adoption without considering whether or not God wants you to keep it open? How many of you have waited or are still waiting to have children because of your career or other pursuits, while you know God's first command in the Bible is to "be fruitful and multiply"? This week at Friendship, we will talk about "God's Plan for Parenthood" as it relates to not only the blessing of being parents, but also the responsibility in training our children to be our replacements in this world, then letting them go to follow Him. Don't miss this important reminder about God's sovereignty over life and how He wants us to be preparing future generations!