I was recently reminded of a prayer that my folks say they prayed for us when we were children.  They prayed that we would have the faith to walk in the consequences of their faith.  This has been my prayer too.

When I was a teenager my parents sent me to a Christian school.  Going to this school meant that I would leave at the end of year 12 (should I make it that far – which I didn’t) without a Year 12 Leaving Certificate as per Government schools.  Our school didn’t accept funding, and didn’t use government curriculum and therefore wasn’t eligible for sitting end of year exams.

My parents had faith that God would look after their children as they made this decision.

As a young adult, moving away from school and into other areas, I remember my parents sharing with me that their prayer was that their children would have the faith to walk in the consequences of their parents’ faith.  It was a faith journey for my parents to send us to that school, and there were going to be consequences.  The thing is though, that those consequences wouldn’t show until their kids were adults and it would be their lot in life to walk through those consequences.

  • Would we (my siblings and myself) have the faith to apply for further education without a Year 12 certificate?
  • Would we have the faith that God is bigger than a test score?

It was going to be our lives that our parents’ decision affected.

My story is that God was bigger than the year 12 certificate; that there was nothing that God put on my hart to do that going to the Christian school hindered or not having that test score disqualified me for.

I had faith but now it’s up to my kids

And I pray the same prayer for my kids.  I pray that they have the faith to walk in the consequences of my faith.

I have had faith that God will provide opportunity for whatever my children need, even as we homeschool.  To be honest – I think this needs to be a parent’s prayer whether they homeschool or not.  It is a parent’s prayer – not a homeschooler’s prayer, not a prayer for those going to Christian schools – it is a prayer all parents who make decisions without knowing the outcome are going to have to pray.

Lord, give my children the faith to walk in the consequences of my faith.

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