Do You Worry About Your Children?
Children are God’s most precious gems. The Lord knits a baby, fearfully and wonderfully made, in a mother’s womb. And it is our job as parents to raise our children in a life of full-faith so that they may bask in our Lord’s splendor and glory. But the enemy wants to interfere with such plans.
Do you recall a time before your children were born when you were carefree, bold and courageous? Whether it was a life of full-faith or being youthfully carefree, the enemy likely did not haunt you with worry, fear and guilt near as much as he did the moment your first child was born. Sure, there is some healthy wisdom and responsibility that comes with parenthood, but the enemy also plants seeds of doubt in the hearts of parents the moment they bring God’s baby into this world. And it is up to us to prevent those seeds from flourishing.
All parents wrestle with anxious thoughts when it comes to their children. Some days are better than others. But if you are losing sleep and wringing your hands from worry and fear when it comes to your children, then you are under attack from the enemy. As parents, we must boldly claim our children for our Lord and rebuke the enemy’s seeds of doubt. We shall stand strong and not allow the enemy to steal the joy that comes from raising our children for God, through Jesus and with the help of the Holy Spirit. After all, “if God is for us, who can ever be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
So set out today and every day to cast away the plague of parenting worry. Instead, stand confidently in full-faith of the Lord’s cover, provision and glory for our children.
From Psalm 91 (NLT), let’s confess the following in full-faith for our families and our children:
We live in the shelter of the Most High so
We will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This we declare about the Lord:
He alone is our refuge, our place of safety;
He is our God, and we trust Him.
For He will rescue us from every trap and
protect us from deadly disease.
He will cover us with his feathers.
He will shelter us with his wings.
His faithful promises are our armor and protection.
We will not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
Nor the arrow that flies in the day.
We will not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
Nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at our side,
Though ten thousand are dying around us,
These evils will not touch us.
We can just open our eyes, and
See how the wicked are punished.
We make the Lord our refuge,
We make the Most High our shelter,
So no evil will conquer us;
No plague will come near our homes.
For He will order His angels to
Protect us wherever we go.
They will hold us up with their hands so
We won’t even hurt our feet on a stone.
We will trample upon lions and cobras;
We will crush fierce lions and serpents under our feet!
The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
I will reward them with a long life and
give them my salvation.”
What do your mornings look like before school and work? If it’s anything like my house, it is usually scurry, scurry, hurry, and scurry some more! We have seven people running different directions with a dog barking at the cat who taunts him from high places! We try to fit in a morning devotional, but sometimes it’s simply me whispering “Lord, please help me” under my breath. It really is an organized chaos…. Well, mostly organized.
One morning we were all running later than usual. I hear my 10-year old daughter holler from her bedroom to no one in particular, “Has anyone seen my pink sneakers?” I begin to think of all the places I might have seen her favorite pink sneakers, “Living room floor? No. Entry way? No. Backyard? No. Laundry room? YES!” So I holler back at her, “Check the laundry room!” Then I start to become a bit frazzled when my 9-yr old son says, “Mom, have you seen my hoodie? I can’t find my hoodie.” Now you can imagine what my self-talk was at this point. And please don’t lecture me about night before preparations. We actually do pretty good most mornings, but this was just an off day and my exasperation was growing.
As I am giving the “FIVE MINUTES UNTIL WE LEAVE!” shout-out, I am feeling like we really need to get going. In all my hurriedness, I look up and notice my daughter running through the kitchen and sliding in her socks around the corner singing as loud as she can with a big smile on her face. She gives a little jump of glee and exclaims “There you are!” as she sees her pink sneakers.
I furrowed my brow and thought to myself, “We don’t have time for such nonsense. Doesn’t she know that we are in a hurry?” And then it struck me like a lightning bolt. Time is going to pass at the same speed and we are going to accomplish the same things we need to accomplish no matter our attitude. We can be hurried and scurried or we can be happy and glad. My daughter had it down. She was being joyful and expressing glee. She was not going to focus on the fact that she could not find her sneakers. Rather, she preferred to express joy for finding them! She made me smile. Of course we have time for such “nonsense”. I felt ashamed that I was the window for the enemy to bring impatience and frustration into our home where it did not have to be. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we could all be as joyful as our children? All too often we trade our glee for the hurrying and scurrying of our world. And then as parents, we can sometimes use our exasperation to stifle the joy in our children’s hearts.
So the next time your child is being joyful amongst the chaos, just remember, the expression of glee is Jesus in their heart! Embrace that joyful “nonsense” and maybe sing along with them!
Luke 10:21 (NIV):
At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.”
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