Imagine never having to worry about your children again. That would be the life, wouldn’t it? No more sleepless nights, stressful days, or a stomach tied up in knots because of what your children are going through that you can’t control, or what might happen to them that you constantly fear.
I’m sure you and I would never worry at all if we could be assured that our children would be happy, healthy, and safe all their days. But life comes with no such assurances.
There are so many variables that exist to cause us to worry about our children—their personalities and behavior, their environment, their friends or lack of them, their impulsiveness, their attitudes, their weaknesses, and their disposition toward the things that could derail them from their goals…and ours. There is a world outside their door that is waiting to gobble them up when it comes to destroying their values, challenging their beliefs, and luring them into materialism, greed, and a selfish way of life. Will they make the right decisions in order to succeed in life? Will they be happy and content?
And what can we, as moms, do about it anyway?
Megan, a mom of four children under the age of seven, says: “I worry so much about my children getting hurt or even worse, dying. I get scared and think the worst. Maybe it’s normal, but I don’t like that feeling. I worry about when they get older, what they are doing at school, and if their friends are having any negative influences on them. The worry is constant and my kids are so young.”
But you and I were never meant to live that way.
Scripture says God has not given us the spirit of worry or fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). And a mom can have a tremendously positive influence on her child when she is exercising not worry or fear, but God’s power, love, and a sound mind.
Megan said, “My trust in God helps me to calm down, but I feel this trust in Him is stronger in other parts of my life, like my marriage and finances. I need to trust more in what God has planned for my children and their futures.”
Megan is not alone in how she feels. Many worried moms believe in God. They just don’t know how to connect their faith in God with their concern for their children. Trusting God with your children is not just wishful thinking and hoping God agrees with your prayers. This partnership I want to invite you into is a lifestyle of leaning on the Living God who can accomplish all that we cannot, and who can determine what is best for your child when you and I only think we can.
The Choice Is Yours
Are you ready to depend on God to do the heavy lifting with the worries that are weighing you down? You can choose to be controlled by your circumstances (and keep worrying), or you can yield yourself to the One who controls all circumstances.
Choose to be controlled by the still, small voice of the One who can still any storm…the One who beckons you to be still and know that He is God over everything, including your children.
From 10 Secrets to Becoming a Worry-Free Mom by Cindi McMenamin
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