My response to this news has been crazy lady cleaning. The washer and dryer ran constantly for three days. Anything that can be vacuumed has been. Cushions and mattress were laid on the floor and vacuumed top and bottom!
It was while vacuuming the girl’s room in this manner that I got a surprise. I have heard plenty of stories where parents are blindsided by finding drugs, porn magazines, inappropriate pictures, secular music, notes, etc. As parents we cannot know every choice our child makes, yet, we can pray they will always be found out if they are living a double life.
Underneath my daughter’s mattress I found a note. Was I ready for what it might say?
Thankfully my story has a happy ending, the note I found was a prayer and here it is:
Oh Lord, I just watched a clip of a sermon and Lord, I ask You will please help me to LOVE other people. Now I don’t just mean my family, I mean EVERYBODY! Please help me to not be concerned about things that are temporary but to focus on what is eternal!!! In Jesus name, Amen.
When I asked my daughter if I could use this on the blog, she hesitated and said, “Sure, but it doesn’t seem that profound to me.”
No it is not that profound to her, but I think it is profound to many of us as parents. We need finding a note like that to be our expectation and not expect our teens to rebel, lie or have attitudes. Yes, I know my children have free wills and I have a lot of years to walk through yet. It is a change of heart in the parent I am going for; setting our aim at children that remain strong and faithful. Expecting them to love God and honor their parents. Resist the norm, embrace the Truth!