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We have talked about our hearts being turned to Jesus, to our fathers, and to our wives or spouses.  This has laid a solid foundation for us to turn our hearts to our children.

We wrestle with the reality as parents that over the years our roles change.  However, our heart posture should not.  We want to prepare our kids for adulthood and bless them in each season.

It’s important to recognize we never reach a place where we should just check out.    We must stay engaged in our hearts.  It’s just that our engagement looks different.  As long as we have breath in our lungs we are to invest in our children and the next generation.

Are you investing in the next generation?  Or are you content if things go well as long as you are alive?  Hezekiah was a king of Judah that did great things for God but missed God’s heart.

We encourage you to take the time to read his story in Isaiah 36-39.

  • Hezekiah prays and sees God kill 185,000 enemy soldiers.
  • He prays and God extends his life 15 years.
  • But when he is told some of his children will be taken away as captives and they will become eunuchs (be castrated) and thus his lineage through them be ended, his response is, “At least there will be peace and truth in my days.” NO!!  How tragic!  How selfish!

We encourage you this week to speak life over your children.  Tell them something you enjoy about them.  Tell them you are proud of them.  If possible, tell them face to face.  Or if necessary by phone.  And if you don’t have kids choose someone that is younger than you and go for it!

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Bob Swank

About 15 years ago our heavenly Father began encouraging me in my role as His son and out of that in my role as a father, both biologically and spiritually. Through multiple encounters on my journey God has revealed His heart as my Father and affirmed my sonship in Him. Out of this has come His call to fully embrace who He has created me to be as a father and to share that with others.

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