Motherhood is one of the most challenging experiences of my life so far. Motherhood forces you to be vulnerable in a way you never thought was possible. If allowed, fear and worry can easily take over our thought life.
Sure the little’s run your life in many ways demanding your attention at any given moment. The chasing, the disciplining, the constant need to keep structure is incredibly hard.
But all of that is nothing compared to the fear & worry that tries to creep in everyday.
Every time I turn on media there’s some story about a child abduction, or a fire that kills a family of five, or a car accident, or North Korea has nuclear weapons with missile carrying capabilities. And just this morning more talk of countries using genetic modification to create super human soldiers.
Wow, that’s enough to get your mom radar worked up and then some.
Motherhood makes all of these fears more alive, more real, more threatening. Or at least it feels that way.
When I was single and childless I thought about some of these concerns occasionally. But as a mom, these thoughts about tragic events and possible future disasters will consume my mind if I let them.
And isn’t that just what the enemy wants for us moms, to be so consumed with fear that we become ineffective in the advancement of God’s Kingdom?
So what do we do to keep our fears in check?
So your prayer might look something like this:
Lord, I recognize that fear and worry is not from you. I ask you to forgive me for not trusting you with my family and my family’s future. I take captive thoughts of fear, worry, doubt, uncertainty, and I release those thoughts to you (this is where the pink bucket comes in). Lord tell me what the truth is about my family and our future (Let Him show you in your mind’s eye). Holy Spirit, bring comfort to me with peace and joy. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
**How has fear and worry affected your life? How do you cope? What tools has the Lord given you in your battle? I would love to hear your thoughts, please comment, share, and subscribe to the blog. Thanks!