Thursday, February 11, 2010

Don't Tread On Me!

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash." When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. (Matthew 7:24-29)

Face it, we all have times where we're worn down, exhausted and mentally not at the top of our game. At these times, we ultimately have to decide which battles are worth fighting and which are not. It is precisely at times like these where we can find ourselves turning authority over to others and submitting to their opinions rather than our own wisdom. That's not necessarily a bad thing, unless that's where we live all the time.

God does not want us to live our lives as a bunch of pushovers! Now that may be a distasteful comment for parents who find themselves confused, sleep-deprived and overwhelmed. But in order to keep ourselves from being taken to places we don't want to end up, each of us needs to build a strong foundation. We need to set our boundaries and determine in our minds what is acceptable for our children. A game plan of what we will and will not choose for our families needs to be thought through.

My friend, Shannon, regularly states out loud, "God gave these kids to ME, not to the schools, not to the doctors, not to the government. He gave them to ME!" And this is a strong and simple reminder that we as parents should embrace the same confident attitude. Never forget that no one knows your child like you do. You are with them day in and day out. You have seen them through more history than any other person in their lives. You know their likes and dislikes. You are aware of what works and what doesn't work with them.

Because that child is yours, cover them in prayer. I continually praise God that there is no problem too big or too small for Him to handle! Lift the details of your child's life up to Him. Is there difficulty with staff at school? Pray for God to soften their hearts and open their eyes to what is needed to remedy the situation. Is there a doctor that won't budge on what you'd like to see done with your child's treatment? Ask the Lord to show you what next steps to take. Are there difficulties at home? Go to your Savior for refreshment and clearing of your mind.

This is how we build a strong foundation for our families. Inevitably, we will be questioned or challenged in one of our weak times. Yet, with that foundation established, we will know what battles to fight and will possess the discernment to make right decisions. We will neither major in minor things nor be swept away by the opinions or assertiveness of others. And that foundation will grant us peace in the midst of any of our storms. We will solidly remain where we have determined, in partnership with God, to be!

1 comment:

  1. Amen, Barb!! Keep telling everyone you know about our awesome Creator and first love....Jesus!! He is always "in the know". Our children were divinely given to us by Him, and we are the ones who know them best. No one in the world can know your child like you do.....and know one should. May God continue to get the glory ion your ministries. May all parents hang on tightly to their children. I heard a wonderful quote recently that a mother said about her autistic child....."She is different, not less". May we always remember to see our children with the eyes of the Lord. Blessings to you, Shannon