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PROTECT! PROTECT! PROTECT!

Isn’t protection a mom’s major concern? Making sure our children don’t fall down. Run in front of a car. Touch hot stoves. Or experience pain. Focused on safety, we aim to shelter those babies under our wings of protection.

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But suffering is inevitable. We can’t keep them safe forever. Little ones get slighted. Excluded from the in-crowd. Taunted by bullies. Overlooked by coaches. Humiliated by failure. The kind of pain that hurts mom more than kids. My heart aches remembering. Do you identify?

While we understand winds of adversity make them stronger. And suffering produces compassion. We still want to run defense for our kids no matter what stage of life. But moms can’t always be there. God designed it that way.

In learning to let go, we turn to prayer. Intense, on-your-face, desperate intercession. No one else can lift them before God’s throne like the one who gave them birth. I doubt the emotional umbilical cord is completely severed in that regard. Moms care deeply.

We can’t pray away our children’s pain. But we can ask the Almighty to work something good out of hardships. Because those times are certain throughout their lifetime. Even if we moms don’t like to see our children suffer.

In this day of extreme crime and terrorism, we have more reasons to pray for our family’s protection. But how do we align our hearts to pray in the will of God for them?

I found four biblical truths that help.

1. PRAY for grace so your children will stand firm in their love for God.

           Because of the increase of wickedness the love of many will grow

cold, but he who stands firm to the end

will be saved. Matthew 24:12-13

2. PRAY for wisdom so your children will live for Kingdom purposes.

But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven

where moth and rust do not destroy

and where thieves do not break

in and steal. Matthew 6:20

3. PRAY for trust so your children know God is in control of everything.

     The Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms

of men and gives them to anyone he

wishes and sets over them the

lowliest of men. Daniel 4:17

4. PRAY for love so your children will serve others as Jesus did.

And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water

to one of these little ones because

he is my disciple, I tell you

the truth he will certainly

not lose his reward.

Matthew 10:42

     I’m not a fan of suffering. Especially when my kids are hurt.
     Yet God is working something far more beautiful than we could ever imagine through their pain. Believe every situation He allows or engineers is for their benefit. But never give up praying!
     I’ve learned God’s wings of protection are far better than mine any day! And prayer is the best way to keep them there.

 

 

 

 

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