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Restoration in Relationship with Son

 

2011 was a very challenging year for me. It was the year my son went through a rebellious stage. To top it off, he was sitting for his Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) that year.

In the end, he scored badly for his exams and ended up in the Normal Academic stream. At that time, it was like the end of the world for me! I couldn’t accept the result, and started to blame God for allowing such a thing to happen. Knowing that he had disappointed me greatly, my son felt condemned and withdrew himself from me and this strained our relationship.

Weeks after the release of the results, while I was still upset with God, Pastor Lawrence Lim preached a message that taught us how we ought to respond in the midst of our disappointments and challenges. He reminded us not to judge God’s love based on what we were going through but to judge His love based on the cross of Jesus.

There and then, I realised how self–centred I had been for being angry with God for not getting what I wanted. I was totally ashamed of myself. I then repented and heard God telling me not to use the world’s standard of success on my son. Since He was the one who created him, how would He love him less and not want him to be successful in life? He wanted me to trust in Him, let go and rest in Him.

When my son entered Secondary 1, I learnt to parent with grace. I also began to see that education isn’t everything in life but letting our children encounter Jesus is top priority. My desire for my son was then changed from wanting him to do well academically to him having Jesus and loving church.

For this, I want to thank God for placing us in New Creation Church. After attending DARE, the youth group for secondary school students, my son began to change for the better. I am amazed to hear positive comments from his leaders about him and see how much he had grown in his walk with the Lord. I knew it had to be God.

In spite of all these, my relationship with my son didn’t get any better. At times, I felt guilty and condemned for failing to be a good mum and for not doing enough to maintain a good relationship with my son. But I thank God for the grace message that constantly reminds me to not look to myself and situation but to continue to trust in God and not lose hope.

In 2015, my son had to take another major examination — the “N” Level examination. We were hoping that my son could do well enough to go straight to the polytechnic but both my hubby and I knew that my son wasn’t confident. Nonetheless, after Pastor Prince shared the theme of the year as the year of HIS restoration, I felt led to encourage my son to look to Jesus for his restoration. I also told him that he was not going to the examinations alone but that Jesus was going with him.

Before the end of 2015, we experienced HIS RESTORATION! Not only did Jesus caused my son to perform well, his results enabled him to enter the course of his choice in the polytechnic. Jesus also restored my son’s confidence and most importantly, He restored my relationship with my son! The invisible gap that separated us was broken down!

Praise Jesus and all glory to Him!

 


Abigail

Tags:

  • parenting
  • relationships
  • children
  • studies

 


 

Restful Success In Children’s Studies

 

In 2014, my three children ended the year with poor academic results. So one of my three prayer requests in 2015 was for my children to have supernatural and restful success in their studies especially when my eldest son would go through streaming and my second daughter would be taking her Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE).

I started the year with new resolutions and schedules for my children hoping to instil discipline and to help them in their studies. As a mother, I believed that that was the most practical way I could help them.

However, as the year progressed, revision sessions between me and my children turned into disappointments, frustrations and angry words. The mid–year exam results for my children were an utter dismay. I was told by the form teacher that my oldest was at the verge of staying back or falling into the normal stream. At the same time, my 12–year–old might need to repeat her PSLE.

I was exhausted and came to the end of myself. All the efforts I had put in did not result in any improvement at all. Instead, these efforts strained my relationship with my children.

On 7 June 2015, Pastor Prince preached a message titled Live Life Loved by The Shepherd. Through this message, I had a revelation that the Lord loved me and my children, and wanted to take care of us. I decided to rest in the Lord and He showed me in Zechariah 4:6–7 that the breakthrough in my children’s studies would not come about by force nor by my own strength but by HIS GRACE! I was so thrilled I shared the verses with my family so we could believe in His promise in the Word together.

I also started to partake of the Holy Communion with my children every morning and declared blessings over them. I stopped all the revision activities and consciously refrained from speaking out of worry. It was not easy and when I got worried, I would listen to the sermon again and again.

All glory and praise be to Jesus who loves us! My oldest son passed his final exams and was promoted to Secondary 3. My youngest came in 4th in class and jumped two classes forward. My 12–year–old passed her PSLE and will move on to Secondary 1.

I am grateful for what He has done and I believe with all my heart that He will see us through the coming year and many more years to come. Thank you, Pastor Prince for your timely message. I am thankful for you and New Creation Church. Be blessed!

 


The writer has requested anonymity.

Tags:

  • studies
  • rest
  • parenting
  • Holy Communion

 


 

Nine-year-old Son Emerged Champion In International Ballet Competition

 

My son Kenzo had a desire to dance after watching his sister’s ballet class. Though initially very sceptical, my husband and I decided to follow Pastor Prince’s teaching to allow our children to explore and follow their inclinations within boundaries. So we let our son join the ballet class.

Two months later, in November 2012, Kenzo was invited to join a ballet company which grooms young dancers to compete locally and internationally. He would have to train for at least 16 hours a week, leaving practically no time for tuition, play or family. We held back and only agreed with peace in our hearts after hearing Pastor Prince share that the theme of the year 2013 was the Key of David and that God will open and shut the right doors for our good.

Just like any competitive sport, training was both physically and mentally exhausting for Kenzo. His school results started to dip. We questioned ourselves many times but were reminded that our job was to train him and leave everything else to Daddy God.

In August 2013, Kenzo competed in Hong Kong, came in second and was even invited to perform at the gala night. One month later, he won his first gold medal in Singapore. It was an amazing experience of Daddy God’s favour!

This year 2014, the year of greater glory, Kenzo transferred to a new school which was near home. By God’s grace and favour, he had very caring and supportive teachers who helped him to settle in with ease. He even scored three Band Ones, the top grading, for his exams.

And in June 2014, he received an honourable mention at a competition in Boston, the United States. Though Kenzo was rather disappointed at not placing better, we thanked Daddy God for the experience and the opportunity to spend family time together in Disneyland.

In August 2014, he was the only foreigner who competed in a junior ballet competition in Fukuoka, Japan. We went resting in the Lord with no expectations and we could hardly believe the results. Daddy God placed nine-year-old Kenzo first among 120 other awesome Japanese dancers aged eight to 12. It was truly the favour and grace of Almighty God!

I would like to thank Rock Kidz, the children’s ministry, for raising faith-filled, praying kids. Kenzo would pray to remain calm and to finish his dance without mistakes before he go on stage for his competitions. Our sincere appreciation goes to the youth ministry group, DARE, for the recent parenting seminar that reminded us that our most important role is to be praying parents.

And thank you, Pastor Prince, for your awesome ministry that is blessing and impacting countless families including mine!

 


June Wong

Tags:

  • favour
  • family
  • parenting
  • rest
  • praying