Saeed, you are inspiring me to be intentional in being present with my family, I am listening better. BEING with my children and participating in their stories, their pains, their hopes…I am ‘BEING HERE’ better, because you cannot be.
But a part of me is with you. I am praying for you.
Father God, bless Saeed and his family. Reunite them soon. I pray your grace and strength sustains them and that they would have great faith. Build them up with your powerful hand. In the name of Jesus, unite them across the miles in spirit, while they are separated in body.
Thank you for praying for the Abedini’s and sharing how Saeed has inspired you to be present as a father. Your words are encouraging to all of us.
Too many fathers claim they are so burdened by their schedules that there’s no time left for the kids. They leave the majority of that job to the mother. But many of these men find the time to play golf, turn on a foot ball game, or indulge in other self interests. They have not led their family in worship, the Word of God, or teach them how to live out their faith. But good news, it doesn’t have to stay this way. We can choose today to turn it around.
Biblically, the faith of the children is the responsibility of the parents. Time for prayer and reading scripture should be a priority for the Christian father. He should also encourage the faith of his wife. Being ‘present’ to train the children and setting the example of what of a Christian life should be. When the father let’s God lead, he is giving a gift to his family like no other.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 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.
Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him
Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life. In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them. Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
2 Timothy 3:15
and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Ty, we will pray that God will bless you as you take on the challenges of parenting and raising a family strong in faith. That you will remain strong in this commitment and are rewarded with a lasting loving relationship with them. And that one day, you will hear the Lord say, “Well done.”
Remember to enjoy each day with your children—time goes by so fast!
VOP Project/Advocate Team
Tell Pastor Saeed that we understand, and we will pick up the cross and follow Christ as he has.
Join in this project to let the Abedini’s know how they have inspired or renewed your faith. Each testimony will be a source of encouragement to them and the Body of Christ. When the family is reunited, we will gather the stories to be published in a book and presented to them as an appreciation for their steadfast faith. Together, we will be able to provide a little insight into how God has worked through them to be a blessing to more than they realize. Add your testimony below. If your church has been active in praying for this persecuted family, inform them of this special mission so they too can share their thoughts and be an encouragement.
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