One of my favorite scriptures is "train up a child in the way he should go and when he is older, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). This is an area where I have needed to be reminded that my husband and I brought our children up to serve the Lord, to walk with him and to rely on HIS will over their own.
When we have witnessed some of our children walking a road that is not reflective of their upbringing, my husband and I are saddened and sometime we have even wept at the thought that they have turned from the Lord. The Word says, "Cursed is the strong one who depends on mere humans, Who thinks he can make it on muscle alone and sets God aside as dead weight. He's like a tumbleweed on the prairie, out of touch with the good earth. He lives rootless and aimless in a land where nothing grows." (Jeremiah 17:5 MSG).
The reality is that we can only last so long on our own without God. As parents, the time we have been given for teaching and training our children is but a drop in the bucket of their lives. Although we are heart broken over our lost children, we also rest in the Word reminding us that when our children grow older the Word of the Lord will come back to them and that our whole house will be saved.
So when it feels like your young children are intentionally disobeying or your older children are rebelling, remember the promise the Lord has given about training our children.