This week was the memorial service for Jodie and I’s friend Summer Kempfer.
Summer was diagnosed with cancer over a year ago and this last Saturday she left this world to be with her Heavenly Father.
The memorial service was incredibly sad yet hopeful…knowing that we will see her again.
So after the music had been played and tears had been shed I was able to spend a few minutes with Summers husband, Jeremy.
And let me just say that Jeremy is an amazing man of God.
He is a tremendous father.
He is a strong spiritual and church leader.
Jeremy and I embraced for about 5 minutes as we both just sat there and cried. I looked Jeremy in the eyes and told him…
“God is with you. God has not forsaken you. You have what it takes to raise these 4 kids.”
Jeremy is now the single father of 4 kiddos.
Sarah Kate 1
And Jeremy looked me in the eyes and said…
“Chris, I DON’T HAVE WHAT IT TAKES to raise my kids…but my Heavenly Father does.”
How true is this?
We don’t have what it takes!
We don’t have what it takes to…
- Make sure they follow Jesus
- To protect them from pain
- Make them make smart choices
We just don’t have what it takes!
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
I believe more parents MUST step into the power of “I CAN’T” and see the God of “I CAN” step in and give us the strength to parent our kiddos.
Do you ever feel like Jeremy? Do you feel like an “I CAN’T” parent?