It makes you want to control everything you can, when in reality, there is very little you can actually control when it comes to children of any age, especially one like Amila!
And, talk about anxiety!
Amila and what all she has been through, while nothing compared to others (blessed), has been traumatic on this momma. My own beating myself up mixed with the feeling that I have no control over anything that was happening to her, created some pretty significant anxiety, and honestly, some post traumatic stress disorder issues. That's another story for another time, though!
Let's Talk About Your Best Offense
You know that saying, "the best defense is a good offense"?
For some reason that is what comes to mind while I was preparing this to share with you, friend!
It makes sense though.
This quote is used for sports, military use, and I read where it is used in times of war. Not to mean, your child is going to literal war, (maybe they are) maybe they are just going to be fighting daily battles that we all fight.
You want them, naturally, to have the best shot at coming out on the other side of these battles, victorious, in one piece, and strong. We want that for ourselves, too!
So, what is the best offense for you and your family?
Your best offense: PRAYER!
Right now, that meme of the dog running into the hedges as an example of 'when your mom has prayed a hedge of protection around you', is playing over and over again in my head! You know the one?
This world we live in is getting more and more mean by the day. It is so scary to see all these children missing, children being bullied, children coming close to being kidnapped; it makes you not want to take your children anywhere!
Your Best Offense, explained.
I want to pray for my kids, my husband and myself before anything comes to "battle" against us. Whether we know what is coming or not, I want to have a head start, a "leg up" on the situation, so I can be at peace with the fact that I have already put that "hedge of protection" around us!
That is how we can have a good offense through prayer!
Unfortunately, we have to accept the fact that at the end of the day, it is not us who have been protecting our children. From the time of conception to now, and until the end of days, God has been protecting your kids, all along, and will continue to do so, thankfully!
He chose you to be their parents. He has asked you to be their guardians, to nurture them, to teach them, to lead them to Him. But, they were "born of His vision" way before they were given to you!
If your like me, you worry about your kids. You subconsciously attempt to control their safety with your worry and fears.
If you think you don't do that... then yea, you probably do!
God asked you to be all these things for your kids. But, you can't take God's place as "watchman" over your kids and household.
You can stress yourself out, give yourself all the anxiety, and work and work to build the safest house for your family, but you are only going to cause yourself even more worry and fear.
No one needs that.
For one, some of us are naturally ridden with anxiety, that is often times just how our brain works, unfortunately.
More importantly, you need to not worry or stress out over your fears for your children and loved ones, because, well to be quite blunt- that serves no purpose at all, and it certainly offers no added amount of protection!
I repeat, your fear and worries for your loved ones offers absolutely no protection.
The protection comes from God.
The relief we need is given to us when we release our fear and need to control things (Psalm 34:4; 56:3), to God. Trade all of your worries and fears in prayer, and in that, you will be rewarded with a protected loved one, and freedom and peace of knowing that God holds your children, your spouse and you, for that matter, in the palms of His hands.
Job knew that his best chance at protecting his children was prayer! Job 1:5b tells us that Job would get up early in the morning and give God burnt offerings for each child, the NIV Bible describes it as "he would make arrangements for them to be purified".
That tells me, that even back in the days of Job, he knew that his kid's best chance at a great defense, was an even better offense.
What is Your Safe Place, without God?
Without God, the work you have put into creating a safe place for your family in your home, is completely out of vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards (you) stand watch in vain.
To me, it's like saying you don't need, or maybe don't realize you need God to help you protect your family, your house, etc.
I have lived that life. It is scary. It is stressful. It is not safe. Honestly.
My family's safe place, our house, me and my husband (for the girls) is nothing without God.
Whether my family knows it yet, or not.
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