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Sundown Devotional: The Children God Gave Us

MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

Children God Gave Us (Photo by Michelle Henderson)

Children God Gave Us (Photo by Michelle Henderson)

The Devotional

And he [Esau] . . . said, “Who are these with you?” So he [Jacob] said, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.” ―Genesis 33:5 (NKJV

Esau had threatened to kill Jacob, his younger twin, for stealing his birthright―the status of leadership in the family. Jacob ran away from home. Twenty years later, he returned with thirteen children. When Esau saw them and asked who they were, it would have been enough for Jacob to say, “They are my children.”

But, according to the Bible Commentaries, Jacob was serving notice to his brother that because God had given him the children, he was obligated to protect them. He was warning Esau that if hurting the children was part of his revenge plan, he should expect a fight. The children were his most precious assets—assets God had chosen for him.

What if we accept our children as our most precious gifts from God? Would we chase the difficult one away from home, telling him that he is more than we can handle? Or would we tell him that the God who gave him to us, will also give us the wisdom to love and train him effectively? If we chose to cooperate with God for our child's salvation we would mature in Christian graces like love, patience and self-control.

It is tempting to brag about the dominant genes that we passed on to the smart child, to affirm him at the expense of the less capable children. Yet, God deserves the credit for giving us a talented child, who is full of potential and easy to love.

Do we remember that God also gave us the adult child who chose the wrong path and ended up broke or in prison? It is our responsibility to intercede for him as long as we live, to offer practical help as a token of unconditional love. Going forward, let's promote better parent-child relationships by accepting the reality that each child is God’s gifts to us.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You especially for the children You have given us. Please teach us how to love them, so that they will always enjoy their relationship with You and with us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Give the children love. (Photo by Charles)

Give the children love. (Photo by Charles)

Ten Quotes About Loving Our Children

  1. “If I had my life to live over... Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy and complaining about the shadow over my feet, I'd have cherished every minute of it and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was to be my only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.” ―Erma Bombeck
  2. “Give the children love, more love and still more love – and the common sense will come by itself.” ―Astrid Lindgren
  3. “Accept the children the way we accept trees—with gratitude, because they are a blessing . . . You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are.” ―Isabel Allende
  4. “Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.” ―Bill Ayers
  5. “I don't remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don't even know exist until you love a child.” ―Anne Lamott
  6. “I'm inspired by my own children, how full they make my heart. They make me want to work to make the world a little bit better. And they make me want to be a better man.” ―Barack Obama
  7. “The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” ―John Wooden
  8. “Show love to your children. You know you love them, but make certain they know it as well. . . Call upon our Heavenly Father for help as you care for their needs each day . . . You need more than your own wisdom in rearing them.” ―Thomas S. Monson
  9. “My plea...is a plea to save the children. Too many of them walk with pain and fear, in loneliness and despair. . . Every home, regardless of the cost of the house, can provide an environment of love which will be an environment of salvation.” ―Gordon B. Hinckley
  10. “Children are gifts. They are not ours for the breaking. They are ours for the making.” ―Dan Pearce
Children are gifts. (Photo by Ryan McGuire)

Children are gifts. (Photo by Ryan McGuire)

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Parent-Child Relationship Poll

© 2020 Dora Weithers


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 15, 2020:

Rajan, thanks for your affirmation. Happy that you love the quotes.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 15, 2020:

I love all the quotes about loving our children and I believe that children are meant to be loved and cherished.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 07, 2020:

Thanks, Peggy. It makes me happy that you love the quotes. I enjoy researching and compiling them.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 06, 2020:

I loved those quotes you inserted in this post. They speak volumes!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 26, 2020:

Tamara, I'm happy when my readers can relate to the article. Your children are blessed to have you as their mother. Best to you in your relationship with them.

Tamara Yancosky from Uninhabited Regions on February 26, 2020:

This gorgeous post of yours is close to my heart because of the love I have for my children that is beyond words, or even actions.

I love the prayer, and I prayed it to our Lord. And the quotes are wonderful.

Thank you for this most lovely article.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 20, 2020:

Denise, most of us acknowledge our negligence. Thanks God we still have the opportunity to improve. Thanks for reading.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on February 19, 2020:

I don't think I told them often enough that they were gifts from God. Thanks for the reminder.



Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 17, 2020:

Flourish, I appreciate your comment. True, active parenting brings out the best in us.

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 17, 2020:

I especially liked quotes 5 and 6. Having a child has expanded my heart, my world and made me want to give back. It has deepened my connection to the world and made me deeply appreciate life.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 16, 2020:

Congratulations, John. Many parents would love to be able to say that. You and your family must be a good model for many.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on February 16, 2020:

I am constantly appreciative for the adults my children became and am inspired by them. A wonderful devotional MsDora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 16, 2020:

Chitrangada, You said it for me, too. Concerning the children, "They inspire and motivate me." Thanks for your comment.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 16, 2020:

This article is heart touching and so relatable to me, as a mother.

I always believe that my children are my most precious assets. Becoming a mother is the greatest blessing. It gives me immense satisfaction to see my children grow up into kind, compassionate human beings and also doing wonderful in their careers. What more can a mother ask for?

Now, there is a role reversal. They love me and they inspire and motivate me.

Thank you so much for this heart warming article. Have a blessed day.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 16, 2020:

Liz, that's a great observation. Thank you for sharing. The blessing is worth it.

Liz Westwood from UK on February 16, 2020:

There is a lot of responsibility that goes with parenthood l, but also a lot of gratitude and blessing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 16, 2020:

Thanks, Bill. Not only in America, because it seems the same way here, so it may be everywhere. Our parenting would be different if we recognized our children as God's gifts to us.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on February 16, 2020:

It seems in America, we've forgotten the lesson you bring here. Rather than seeing children as the blessing they are, so often they are seen as intruding into Mom and Dad's lifestyle. Thanks for the reminder. I hope many will heed.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 15, 2020:

Thanks, Eve. Glad that you found my page and I appreciate the comment.

Reformed Eve from USA on February 15, 2020:

I absolutely loved this...thank you so much.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 14, 2020:

Linda, thanks for sharing and I do appreciate that quote. I found one from Beth Moore that says, "As a mother, you're only as happy as your saddest child." There seems to be several versions of the same true and insightful thought.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 14, 2020:

Denise, thank you for sharing. To think that God chose that child for you is a reminder that He can give you the grace and the tools to parent effectively.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 14, 2020:

Linda, you summarized it very well. That's our obligation as parents.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 14, 2020:

Cheryl, thanks for your encouragement. Jacob's family is my favorite from which to teach parenting.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 14, 2020:

Great, Devika. Sometimes we slip up but God's grace is sufficient to make up for our shortcomings. Happy parenting, going forward!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 14, 2020:

Me too, Shauna. It's amazing. How can we not give God the credit for our children and all the good things that happen to them and to us?

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 14, 2020:

Pam, obviously, your children were your priority. That was also my experience. May we reap the fruit of our devoted labor.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 14, 2020:

Bill, the love has a much deeper effect that the mistakes. Your son has already seen that. Best to you both, going forward.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 14, 2020:

Thanks, Eric. You've always been a bright spirit, a loving grateful soul. I guess that your children have friends who would like you to be their dad. One cool dad!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 14, 2020:

Thanks, Manatita, for your very helpful contribution. I will look at that hub again.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on February 14, 2020:

Dora, this devotional truly touches my heart. I am so incredibly blessed with the two daughters God gave to me. They are adults, kind and loving human beings, and we are not only parent/child but also friends. I regret that I could not have made at least one more, but God knew what would be best for me.

I have one more quotation for you, but do not know to attribute it to - "I am as happy as my saddest child."

I hope that this devotional helps all who read it to stop that appreciate how truly blessed they are to have children in their lives

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on February 14, 2020:

I thought I was a pretty good mother for my first four children. I saw this reflected in the faces of those who taught them in school. Then I had a child with disabilities and all of a sudden, I wasn't the mother I thought I was. Loving a child who cannot love you in return is every parent's trial, but like you have so aptly stated here, that is when we find out just how much God really does love us.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 14, 2020:

Loving our children and helping them when necessary is very important. Thank you for the reminder, Dora.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on February 14, 2020:

Thank you for yet another thought provoking story .

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 14, 2020:

Dora this is another one of your Sundown Devotionals and a must read indeed. I voted ''frequently.''

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on February 14, 2020:

Dora, I've always been in awe that I grew an entire human being inside my body. Who else but God could make that happen?

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 14, 2020:

This is a very thought provoking article. I think the best thing that ever happened to me was having 3 sons. I loved being a mother when they were young and now I have grandchildren to love as well. The quotes were excellent, as always Ms Dora.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 14, 2020:

I tried to raise my son the way I was raised, with love. I'm sure I made mistakes, but I never wavered with the love.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 14, 2020:

Wonderful. Miracles indeed. While I can only strive, these are my priorities. Your presentation of, perhaps our greatest truth, is captures the essence. It oozes love.

Gratitude is so cool.

manatita44 from london on February 14, 2020:

"Suffer little children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Said a mutual friend and Lord of ours. Of course many Seers say the same thing, so we see here that children are important.

I have included a large piece of Guruji's writings on mother's love in Pamela's Hub. You remind me of it, or your Hub does.

The first quote is meaningful, as the woman became conscious of her inadequacies and was able to do something about it … to recognise the miracle.

"...As parents, you should feel that your children are dear to you precisely because God is inside them. Again, you should feel that you are dear to your children because God is inside you. While you are talking to your children and trying to discipline their lives, you have to feel the presence of the living God inside them...."

As usual, I just take small pieces from a much larger body of work. This book is called: A Child's Heart and a Child's Dream and is available on Amazon. Inspirational Hub!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 14, 2020:

Thank you, Umesh. Loving our children is always worth our attention.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on February 14, 2020:

Interesting article. Thought provoking.

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