The truth is, God has promised us the blessing of children, and will help us shepherd them, and bring them to their own faith in Messiah Yeshua. He does not hold our mistakes as a family over our heads, but will work in our lives to bring about His plan of salvation and sanctification for all of us.
This is because of the greatness of His love, grace, and mercy, and not because I merited His saving work in our family by works. This is the truth that the Bible teaches – He plants the seed of faith in a household, and tends it to fruition. Thoughts and feelings of despair, hopelessness, helplessness, and discouragement, are lies which the enemy lies to us. We do not have to accept those lies. We can reject the lies and believe the truth instead.
This is how I trained my heart and mind to receive and believe the truth:
“I am feeling discouraged for my children, but it is only a feeling brought about by my past experiences. It is not a true reflection of my relationship with God or what He is doing in my life. Those things are determined by the word of God, and this is what it says: ___ repeat Scripture ___.”
The word of God is powerful, living and active, the weapon of our warfare which is effective against all the lies of the enemy and mighty to tear down strongholds (2 Cor 10:4).