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!