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Putting the Basket in the Water: Trusting God in the Next Phase of Your Child’s Life

Parenting Trust (In God) Fear

Source: Bridge Christian

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2023-07-27

Author: Ashlei Woods


In the book of Exodus we are told that Pharoah sought to bring an end to the lineage of the Hebrews in his land by killing all the male Hebrew children. Then came the birth of Moses:

Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman,  and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months.  But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him (Exodus 2:1-4, NIV).

Of course, when his mother placed Moses in the river, she had no idea what the outcome would be. But in faith, she trusted him into the hands of a loving God.

Ashlei Woods, blog Editor for Christian Bridge, observes:

“There comes a time - many times, actually - in the lives of our children where we have to put the basket in the water. We have to let go and trust the plan of the Father. The world is a scary place - a place where we fear our children could drown. But we must remember that we have to let go so that God can draw them from the waters for His great purpose. He has called us to be their parents, but they were His first."


Woods continues:

"My friend, whatever water you may be getting ready to put your basket into - remember that you have to put them in the water for God to draw them out and place them into His perfect plan. Though you might not be physically present with your child as much during the next phase of life, you can always petition the heart of the Father on their behalf.”

Surviving The Jungle

Parenting Spiritual Life Preparation


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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2023-06-22

Scripture: Proverbs 22:6 ; Ephesians 6:1

Author: Neal Pollard


A Cessna 206 was carrying seven people between district airports in Columbia, South America when it crashed in the early morning hours of May 1st, 2023. On board were the pilot, co-pilot, and a mother with her four children. Tragically, the adults died after the impact. However, the four children survived this crash, though they were not found until 40 days later!

Patrick Smith of ABC news reports:

Lost and by themselves, four children managed to survive 40 days in the wilderness of the Amazon jungle before they were rescued. The four children — Lesly, 13; Soleiny, 9; Tien Noriel, 4; and Cristin, 1 — were found thin but very much alive Friday after a rescue operation that combed through more than 1,600 miles of dense forest."

How did they do it?

Their grandmother, who raised them, taught them how to fish, hunt, and find safe food in the wild. They knew which fruits and seeds were safe to eat in the rainforests and which were poisonous. Thanks to two rescue dogs, Tellius and Wilson, leading 150 soldiers, the children were found, dehydrated, full of mosquito bites, but, as ABC News reports, "very much alive!"



How often we speak figuratively, saying, “It’s a jungle out there!” Our world, like the Colombian Jungle, is a dangerous place.

This is not just true for adults, but it is especially challenging for society’s youngest members. Think of the obstacles and challenges faced by our youth right now, the messages and indoctrination so contrary to Scripture, the diversions and distractions pulling them away from faith. How can they survive this metaphorical jungle?

Their path to survival is the same as it was for those fortunate little ones in Columbia. First, survival skills must be taught in the home. This implies much time, effort, patience, and hands-on training. Second, those skills must be practiced. Third, survival must continue until rescue and relief comes. 

Do we have homes that equip our children to make it through the difficult spiritual terrain? This equipping centers around filling their hearts with God’s thoughts (Deut. 6:4-6). It centers around practical outlets to put that information into motion (Phil. 4:9). By the time they are out on their own, they should have the training they need to make it on their own (Prov. 22:6). We should teach them to “hold on” until rescue and relief comes (2 Thess. 1:6-7).

It’s hard to imagine something worse than a plane crash befalling our children or grandchildren, but there is! There’s a shipwreck of faith (1 Tim. 1:19), upset of faith (2 Tim. 2:18), going astray of faith (1 Tim. 6:21). These are all synonymous for failure to survive that spiritual jungle! 

Let’s put in the necessary time to train, equip, and prepare our families to make it through this world spiritually alive! 

We’ve Propped Open the Door for Evil to Enter Their Hearts

Parenting Children Vigilance

Source: By Michelle Davidson, posted to Facebook, May 28, 2022, retrieved 5/30/22

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-05-31

Scripture: Proverbs 22:6 ; Deuteronomy 6:7

Author: Michelle Davidson


In the wake of the mass shooting at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX, where 19 children and 2 teachers lost their lives, authorities still struggle to come to grips with what went wrong. Among the many questions, including those about issues with the police’ delayed response, is the question of how the gunman gained such easy access to the school in the first place. 

Details are slowly emerging. According to the Insider:

Security footage from Robb Elementary School in Texas shows that a back door was propped open by a teacher before Tuesday's deadly mass shooting, Texas law enforcement officials said. 

At 11:27 a.m. on Tuesday morning, the door that police believe was used by the 18-year-old gunman to enter the school was propped open by a teacher, Director of Texas Department of Public Safety Steven McCraw said at a Friday press conference. 

McCraw said the detail was confirmed through "video evidence." 

According to reports, the teacher had left her cell phone in her car, and ran to get it, leaving the door propped open so that it wouldn't close behind her. No malicious intent. No purposeful wrong action. Just a simple lapse in judgment and vigilance.

Michelle Davidson, the interim Minister to Children and Families at Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church, TX, looked beyond the open door at the school building to the deeper, spiritual implications of the threats facing our children today. She shared her thoughts in a public Facebook post which has since garnered more than 50K shares and reactions. She observes:

The door where the shooter entered the school was propped open (not knowing what was about to happen). The shooter was given access to the kids and adults on that campus.  The policemen were there but were waiting to go in.  

As I have pondered and talked with God over these things the last few days, I felt so overwhelming in my spirit, “this is a physical picture of what is happening in the spiritual.”

Today, we have left doors propped open by which the enemy has gained access to our children.  Access to fill their minds with anxiety, fear, lies, hate, lust, pornography and pride. I think in some cases, we have even given him a key to come and go as he wishes.  When we are not present and intentional in parenting, the enemy is more than happy to fill in the gaps through social media, screens, porn, drugs, evil, insecurity, depression and anxiety.   Parenting is not for the lazy or faint of heart these days - it’s difficult in different ways but ways that I believe come with a much greater cost.

We (I’m including me as well) have sat back and prayed asking God, when will things change?  We have waited for more reinforcements (for someone else to help our kids), or thinking it’s a phase, it will pass, meanwhile, the enemy is taking out our children one by one.

Satan has come to kill, steal and destroy. Period.

He is killing their God-given identity! He is stealing their beauty and purpose!  He is destroying their childhood and joy!  He is stealing their confidence and peace! 


She continues:

We just can't sit idly by any longer.   We have to rise up and stand for and with our kids.  We have to put our own devices down and play with our kids.  We need to look into their eyes and speak truth into their hearts.  We need to shut and lock the freakin’ doors where the enemy has gained access. 

It’s a spiritual battle folks!  It’s time we take back some ground that the enemy has stolen and that’s only gonna happen when we, as adults, be adults for the kids in our lives. 

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6, ESV).

“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children's children …. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 4:9, 6:6-9, ESV). 

Made to Attend Church

Church Health/Growth Parenting Discipline (Corrective)

Contributed By: Mark Fuller | Date Posted: 2021-11-14

Scripture: Hebrews 10:25 ; Psalms 84:10

Author: Mark Fuller

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"I'll Love You Forever"

Salvation Love (Divine) Parenting

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2019-02-16

Scripture: Jeremiah 31:3 ; John 3:16

Author: Neal Pollard

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From "Daddy" to "Dad"

Dependence on God Fatherhood Parenting

Contributed By: STIRLING BERRY | Date Posted: 2018-08-13

Scripture: Romans 8:15 ; Galatians 4:6


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Parental Dependence

Mentoring Parenting Children's Lesson

Contributed By: David Hall | Date Posted: 2018-01-08

Scripture: Proverbs 22:6

Author: David Hall

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Fatherhood Quotes (Part 2)

Fatherhood Quotes Fatherhood Parenting

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-11-07

Author: Various

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Forgotten Seed

Parenting Legacy Devotional Thoughts

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-30

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:9

Author: Joanna Gaines

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My Name Is Null

God the Father Parenting Fatherhood

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-06-08

Scripture: John 15:9 ; John 17:23

Author: Illustration Exchange

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