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“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
The book of John records Jesus speaking to his disciples as He prepares them for what is to come. He’s attempting to ready them to face the upcoming trials. His persecution and death will happen in the near future, but those closest to Him just can’t see it. He knows they have a tremendously limited view, but because of His love for them, He speaks the truth. I want to do the same for my children. I want those I love the most to be prepared for the hard truth that there will be trouble in this world. Most of all, I want my babies to be grounded in the truth that when troubles comes, they can take heart, because Christ, our Savior, has overcome the world!
“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.” – Ann Landers
How do I prepare my kids to best face this chaotic world? I don’t make everything easy. I don’t bubble wrap them in protection so tightly that they can’t breath in real life. I teach them that true shelter is living in God’s will, regardless of what dangerous path He takes us down.
True confession – sometimes I totally screw this up. I overprotect. I make excuses for my kids. I come to their aid too quickly. I rush in and push God out. When it happens what do we do? Take a breath, ask for forgiveness, and look for the next opportunity to teach them to trust God.
My heart’s desire for my kids is that they fully believe the truths of Psalm 27.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?
When evil people come to devour me,
when my enemies and foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
Though a mighty army surrounds me,
my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
I will remain confident.
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
Dear Father God,
I praise You for giving us the power to overcome! Through Jesus Christ alone, I can say, with confidence, that I can do all things. Lord, please help me to teach this truth to my children. Give me the courage to model it our our home. Give me the restraint to NOT fix everything in my kids’ lives. Help me to NOT become a bubble wrap mom. Instead, help me to bravely expose my kids to the hurt of this world so that they will see You act, protect, and overcome. I don’t want to become my children’s savoir.
You are our Savior, alone.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior so are the children of one’s youth. Psalm 127:4
“Arrows were made to fly. They can’t sit safely in the quiver or rest on the bow forever. They must be released! That’s what our preparation is ultimately for–to release our children into this world equipped with the gospel of Jesus Christ to serve people for the glory of Christ. Parent your children as God parents you. Protect them, yes. But all the while prepare them … so you can release them … to fly into the battle with the glory of the gospel.” -Mike Hall, Are You An Over-Protective Parent?