"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm." Ephesians 6:10-13
Dear parent, did you know?
There is a battle. A war that is going on this very minute.
A battle being waged for the souls of your children.
It is in the spiritual realm...you cannot see it.
But it is there.
There are some that know to fight. They pick up the Bible, they take the time for the heart to heart conversation when it is hard, they do battle on their knees in the quiet of the night.
But it breaks my heart to know that the enemy has many Christian parents in a foggy daze and has disillusioned us from the crucial reality of what is really taking place.
We overlook it.
We deny it.
We turn a blind eye.
We are distracted with all the toys and temptations of this world.
We say we are too tired to deal with it.
Until it is too late.
But parent, this does not need to be so.
We need to rise up now and take hold of the weapons that the Lord has given us. There is victory in Him and we are not powerless against the evil one.
" But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ
-1 Corinthians 15:57
We need to take the time to talk to our children, to mentor them, to know them and their hearts. To find out what their deepest thoughts and struggles are and never grow weary guiding them towards the Gospel. In this big eternal picture we know that we can take nothing out of this world, but if our children are saved we know that they will go to heaven with us.
I recently watched a video of a woman who said she was only able to spend just an hour a day with her two daughters because she held several jobs and volunteer activities in the community. She became burned out and wanted to spend more time with her children. So she quit her jobs and volunteering and began working from home to be with them. She knew there was more to this life that what the world was telling her was important. She turned against the tide and bucked what society dictated as the typical expected role of her. She was so grateful that she didn't waste her time on the things that didn't matter and instead to be able to be able to free herself up to focus on what really did. And regardless whether we work or not, we need to make sure to prioritize our time with our children with the time that we do have.
The days and minutes are fleeting when it comes to our sons and daughters. The things that seem important to us now will be insignificant when we stand before the Lord and give an account to how we shepherded our children. We need to share Jesus with them and never give up on them.
There is too much at stake.
Please wake us up from our slumber, dear Lord!
If this topic is as close to your heart as it is mine, you might want to check out our additional reading at How to Build a Strong Christian Home and True Christian Motherhood