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My husband works in orthopedic trauma. He will be the first to say that the top reasons he has kids in the ER for broken bones are trampolines and monkey bars. And everyone knows kids love trampolines and monkey bars. I would love to just make a blanket rule: no trampolines or monkey bars. This would help me personally not have to be worried about this! Or…I can teach them how to do these things safely (to the best of my ability) and then trust God with them and choose not to worry when they are jumping on the neighbor’s trampoline.

We know that in motherhood, many things can cause us to fall into fear and anxiety. We have a choice to make: will we be moms who fear or moms who are faithful to trust God? A fearful mom limits her children’s interactions with others because they may be a bad influence. A fearful mom may have house rules rooted in fear, rather than in scripture. A fearful mom assumes all the bad is “out there,” and doesn’t see her own children’s sin. A fearful mom doesn’t prepare her children for the outside world because she is so short-sighted. A fearful mom holds her children tight and doesn’t trust anyone else with them- including the Lord.

On the other hand, a faithful mom trusts God with her children and their futures. She knows that she has been given the task of training up her children, but that eventually they will go. A faithful mom sees her home as a launching pad – where she prepares them to be a light in the outside world and a force for God’s kingdom. A faithful mom allows her children to take risks and teaches them how to fight their sin. 

I think that holding our children tightly is a temptation for a lot of moms. We don’t want to see them hurt and we definitely don’t want to see the sin in them. But when we fail to see this part of them, it is life-taking because we aren’t teaching them their need for a savior. 

 

Dealing With Fear and Anxiety

In Luke, chapter 12, it says, “And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows you need these things. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen glady to give you the kingdom.”

 

We are to seek first the kingdom of God! It’s the cure for our anxieties and our fears. This is God’s alternative to worry. How do we seek the kingdom first? By having an eternal, long-term perspective. We are not shortsighted, we take our mind off our fear (which will knock at the door!) and put our minds on what God has chosen to give us, because it’s our Father’s JOY and good pleasure to give us good things. He has promised to give us the kingdom as well as provide for our everyday needs!

There are so many times that God has provided for me and my family in ways that I would not have imagined. When my husband and I bought our first house, I can remember the emotional ups and downs of the whole process like it was yesterday. I remember waiting for the call from the realtor after we put our offer in. I think it was a couple days before we heard anything. I was physically ill waiting for this call. At one point I remember I was in the shower and beside myself and I remember praying, “God, you know what’s best for us. If we were meant to have this home, you will work out the details and our offer will go through. And also, by the way, I would be amazing if I heard from my realtor today.” And I got out of the shower and there was a text that our offer was accepted. It’s a simple example, but in that moment, it was obviously God’s kindness to me that not only did we get the offer, but he didn’t make me wait anymore. He is a kind and compassionate Father who cares for our physical needs, as well as our emotional ones!

We need to give our troubles to God and trust that he will care for our needs. We should seek to be faithful mothers. And God will give us his kingdom. A life-giving home is one that looks to eternity, and seeks God’s kingdom, in faith.

 

Love,
Hannah