Fear No Evil. Period.

My heart  was troubled with something recently as I was thinking about parenting and all the stress of it, wondering if we are doing things right, if we are being faithful, if our children know and see that we love them more than anything else in the world, hoping with all our hearts that someday they will understand that we do have some method to our madness, you know?

But sometimes I get caught up in fear. And with all the links people are posting about the troubles of testing in public schools and a whole slew of other things, I am realizing that often we all function out of fear. I completely understand that God has put our children in our care and it is our job to train them up in the fear and admonition of the Lord. I get that. We want that. We seek after that. But aren’t we crippling ourselves when we sit in the seat of fear and worry about how our children will turn out in this evil world system? Sometimes it feels like we have forgotten altogether that God is soooo much bigger and more powerful than this world, the evil political systems, the educational rigamarole our children our subjected to, and even, inhale, our dysfunctional families.

If I can’t trust in this amazing God and stand back a little and watch Him work in my kids hearts and minds, perhaps see school as an opportunity to have great conversations with my kids and to love on other people in this world who may not be like us, trust God that He is everywhere and He is here right now and He is not silent, can’t we face these things head on and stop freaking out and backing away???

It’s easy for us to post links to scare tactic articles and push the thumbs up button, but really what it says is that we don’t have a God whose bigger than this stuff, so we have to fall into the trap of feeling like we are the ones that are the sole protectors of our kids.

It’s big stuff, lots to talk about, not as simple as I’m making it out, I know. But God has been so comforting to me and has reminded me over and over again of

Psalm 23:4, 
“Yea, though I walk through the 
valley of the shadow of death, 
I will fear no evil; For You are with me; 
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
I am a worrier, a stresser, a re-thinker, a chewer on issues ’til they’re tiny bits of grains that can’t be chewed on ever again. And I can do that with parenting. I can worry when my kids keep struggling with the same issues and I don’t know what to do; I can worry when they are taught that man is the center of the universe and not God; I can worry that someone is gonna show my kid a dirty image on their phone; I can worry that all the testing is gonna ruin my kids’ desire to learn for learning’s sake and that they won’t ever be the same. These are real worries people, and we are all in the thick of it. 
But even when evil seems so close to home, God is closer. We must not forget this! He calls us not to walk in fear, because HE IS WITH US!!!! This comforts me more and more each day.

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