You shall love the Lord with all your heart, soul and might … teach them diligently to your children … at home … on the road … when you raise up and when you lay down. Deuteronomy 6:4-7
I had never appreciated my Heavenly Father and my earthly mom as much as I do until I had children. It broadened my understanding of my relationship with them both in a much deeper and more intimate way. All that had been poured into me, I was trying so desperately to share with Sam and Sara, in obedience to the Lord’s calling in my life. That’s when He gave me Deuteronomy 6:4-7.
I would hear Him say, “Do it a little at a time, everyday. Live it out for them. Be their example.”
Of course some days were easier than others, but day after day, I would remind them how much God loved them and that He would never leave them nor forsake them. I was constantly impressing upon them to seek God’s wisdom and direction in their lives. My children will tell you that I was always them that God hears their prayers, and He has a special plan and a purpose for their lives. I couldn’t tell them enough: Live a life that is pleasing to the Lord and brings Him honor.
After a lifetime of pouring my heart and soul into them, God had to tell me, “It’s time to let them go! Trust Me to finish the work in their lives. Surrender them to Me completely. It has to be their walk with Me, and not you dragging them to Me. Sharon, you are not the Holy Spirit! I need to be the One!”
Of course, I still share with them but in a different way, as I trust and seek the Lord, and pray, pray, pray!
Now that my children are in their 20’s, I realize how important those early years were and how I wish I would have done so much more to instill godly character in them, and to better prepare them for this ever-changing world that we now live in. But, God is faithful and I see His beautiful workmanship in each of their lives. I am so very proud of how God has molded and shaped them into His image, and that He was so gracious and loving to allow me be apart of it.
About Sharon Lopez-Hidalgo:
Sharon is a wife, mother of two, and lives in Southern California with her husband of 30 years. Sharon is involved with womens’s ministries at her church and finds great pleasure in serving in the widow’s ministries.
On a Personal note:
I have known Sharon for many, many years; her youngest child is the same age as my middle child (my oldest son). We have shared many life experiences together, some of those experiences define the word “challenging.” But Sharon has always been someone I could depend on for encouraging strength; she has a persevering spirit that leaves you feeling better that you spent time with her. Sharon is one of those people who live out: “He is the lifter of my soul.” And she is ever ready to lift your spirit!