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Not for Cowards!
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Wiping the tears from her eyes following our prayer, my friend smiled weakly. “Well, no one ever said parenting would be easy, did they?” “No,” I responded, “they didn’t.”

God’s Word tells us the enemy “comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10) so why are we surprised when he targets our children? The enemy knows if he can attack the family his efforts pay off exponentially.

In recent weeks these enemy attacks have been evident as I’ve prayed with a friend whose young adult child was arrested and spent the night in jail, talked with parents whose teenager is failing classes, encouraged another whose young adult child’s faith has unraveled, prayed for families of kids facing life-threatening illness and pleaded before God for my own children. Parenting is definitely not for cowards!

And yet God is faithful and at work in the lives of our children in ways we do not even realize. He is mighty to save! When discouraged, cling to the promises of God that give encouragement. God’s Word provides plenty of evidence for us to trust His ability to help us. He is able and willing to sustain and comfort and give wisdom as we need it. Wherever we find ourselves in the parenting process – busy and exhausted with babies or toddlers, parenting during the challenging teen years, or launching young adults – He is Immanuel, God with us.

Precious Promises

The precious promises of God fortify our minds so when those inevitable attacks come from the enemy we will not lose heart. Find scripture that encourages you, then claim these promises before God when you pray. Here are a few promises that encourage this parent’s heart:

James 1:5 - “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

Isaiah 44:3 - “…I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants and my blessing on your offspring.”

Isaiah 49:25 - “I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save.”

Philippians 1:6 - “…He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion…”

In the busyness of our parenting duties we must make sure to spend time alone with God. Get filled up with His Spirit as you begin your day and find other parents with whom you can pray and share God’s Word. Encourage each other as you face the challenges of parenting. Together, claim God’s promises for yourselves and your children.

God is faithful! He is our loving Father and our perfect role model as parents. Be confident that He is able to do “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us…” (Ephesians 3:19).

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