The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.
Our goal with our children is to prepare them for the day when they launch out of our home into their own lives!
When our children are small we work hard to protect them physically and emotionally and spiritually from things that could harm them and to teach them how to live. But we must always remember that our job is not just to protect them; and our job is not to keep them with us as long as possible.
Rather, our job is to develop them in life and in their relationship with the Lord so that one day they are able to step out of our harboring home and live fruitful, God-glorifying lives on their own. And we are preparing them to lead families of their own one day.
Whether your kids are small or teenagers, God wants you to constantly think about how you can develop them spiritually to be able to walk with God apart from you, and how to develop them as people for the same purpose.