Parenting is Hazardous on the Heart

Good Morning my friends,

This weekend as I chilled at the house and played on Facebook, I saw that it was move-in weekend for college bound Freshmen. That’s one experience that left a lasting emotional impression imbedded in my heart two years ago when we moved Zakk into his dorm at Texas A & M. The move-in wasn’t so bad, other than he was on the fourth floor of his dorm and it was built without an elevator which meant stair and that was very rough on a then 44 yr old chunky guy. We got him all me moved-in and all his stuff put up where he wanted it, we then grab a late lunch and then back to our hotel. We woke up Sunday morning, picked him up and took him to breakfast. During our conversation at breakfast he said he slept well which was a good thing in my mind. After breakfast we went back to his dorm and chilled with him for 2-3 hours. When it was time to go, he walked us to our car and we did our hugging, kissing and said our good byes. I will never forgot the look on his face as we exchanged our good byes. The look in his eyes as we drove off from him crushed my heart.. It took everything I had to do it. It’s only a 3hr trek back to Willow Park. We went to the evening service because we knew we needed to go to the altar. The drive seemed like it took 7 or 8hrs. Me, Keri & my youngest son Michael cried the whole way.  

Keri & I did our best to prepare him for road ahead and not the road for him (thank you Jessie Simon) but I think life had thrown him a little too much for his 18yr old mind & heart could handle at one time. You see we moved him in on Saturday and I had exploratory cancer surgery on Monday. He was in a new place, he didn’t know a single sole, he was in a new more challenging atmosphere, and his dad was having surgery. Zakk tried to come home that whole first week but Keri was able to soothe his mind each day. Her continuous advice was to pray and give it to God. Keri & I had many tearful days those first 2 weeks he was gone. We kept replaying that look over and over in our minds. It took him about three weeks for him to get in his groove but once he did he has never looked back..

“Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deuteronomy 6:7)

Parenting is without a doubt the hardest job you will ever undertake and the most rewarding. For those that their parenting days are ahead of you, brace yourself! To those that are mostly behind you, then you know what I mean. One of the goals as a parent is to work yourself out of a job because someday your children are going to leave home, and a major part of your responsibility is to prepare them for that day. From teaching them to brush their teeth, tie their shoes, to help them with their homework and to encourage them to make wise decisions when they go off to college. A parents goal is to prepare them for the day when you won’t be there. 

What about their spiritual foundations? Have your children learned from you what it means to walk with Christ every day? Have you taught them to pray, love the Bible, and to live by its truths? Have you encouraged them to give their lives to Jesus Christ? Don’t leave it until it’s too late, start now so you can help them build the moral and spiritual foundations they will need for a lifetime. 


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

My CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU.. Teach your kids to possess their faith not just profess it..


I hope that you all have a MAGNIFICENT day.. Blessings & much love….D

ALWAYS…..Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST 24!!

#last24 #wpbc #eternalmission #itslife


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One thought on “Parenting is Hazardous on the Heart

  1. This is so true Dino. It was so hard to take both of my girls off to school in Lubbock. I can remember each time and the days that follows. As like you when we took my oldest daughter Kimberlee I got real sick and was hospitalized and had sugery. A week in the hospital and knowing she was tormented was more painful than anything i was going through physically. Now my youngest is off for her second year and things are different for each child reacts differently but it was extremely hard again.
    Thanks for this today it for it put some things in perspective again for me today.

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