Believe me, in this day and time, there are a LOT of turns!
There is so much at our children’s fingertips today…so much that could bring them harm and so much ability to connect–on levels wonderful and terrible.
I just wonder–how do we parent that?
How do we parent the “suggested” readings on their Kindles, the advertisements on their email (heck, even our email!), the access to contact strangers across the globe on games they play, the difficulties navigating conversations via text and direct messages.
Sometimes I want to just make it stop already!
And yet, God has planted our feet on this soil for this day and time. And though I feel ill-equipped to face so much that comes their way, I know that the Holy Spirit is there–with me and Chris, with them. He is leading and guiding.
Our job in this day and age is to teach them to self-monitor–for we cannot be in all the places they are going. Our job is to pray…and stay in prayer for them. Our job, and this is the hard one, is to not over-react, when the situations and struggles they face make us want to run and jump under the covers and STAY THERE ’til it passes.
Our job is to stand in their corner, on their side and do battle.
For believe me, there is a battle…and we are not unaware of the devil’s schemes. He is targeting our kids. But Christ in us is BIGGER and STRONGER.
Also? We must teach them about grace and forgiveness. And shed a bright light on what could become shame in their lives. Let us come BOLDLY before the throne daily for our kids, y’all.
They need us to be ALL IN.
James 1:5 says it all, if any of you lacks wisdom (that would be me!) he (she) should ask God who gives (HE gives! WISDOM!) generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Let’s hold him to it.