Parenting is a tough road. Most of you here are reading this because you know that alone, as parents, we are not equal to the task. We need the help of our Lord.
Some of the most difficult aspects of parenting are when we are forced to face our past and parent in spite of it. Maybe someone here had an abusive father, a neglectful mother, a person of authority who took advantage or even exploited you. These hurts become magnified as we seek to protect our own children. Trying desperately to do everything right, we find ourselves in bondage and fear.
Let me plead with you to lay it all down at the cross of Christ. Let me show you a more excellent way.
While those past hurts do effect who we are today, they can have no more hold on us than we let them. We must choose to believe that we are a new creation in Christ, we are spotless and without blemish in His sight, and by His grace and wisdom, we can avoid the same trap in this next generation as we abide in Him and His Word.
There are mothers and fathers who live in fear of their children repeating the same mistakes they did as children or teenagers. The fear causes them to speak it constantly, and so it becomes a prophecy in its own right. Bring your concerns to Christ alone, cast them on Him, but over your children, speak only powerful words of blessing and exhortation.
Believe that God wants what’s best for your children, and that He shows mercy to generation after generation of those that love and seek Him.
Do not let fear extend it’s icy hand into your future for one more moment!
Nail it the cross.
Victory has already been secured by the One who chose that cross for your freedom!
Photography courtesy of Brian Schindler