Do you ever find your heart weary, Momma? Some days the heaviness of the world feels like an albatross around my soul. I stare at my two innocent children laughing together, which is thankfully starting to become a more frequent occurrence, with no knowledge of the evil that lurks outside. Sometimes anxious thoughts slither in and I cannot help but wonder what this world will look like in 5, 10, 30 years. What battles will they have fought and will they have to fight? Should I bring another child into this world, if it is just going to hell? Have these or similar thoughts ever crossed your mind?
When the noise of the world starts to overwhelm me, I find comfort and hope in the children I am raising up. What better hope do we have for our future than instilling the love for God in our children? In raising a generation of believers who unabashedly live in Christ’s image. Maybe, just maybe, our goal should not be getting back to “normal,” but getting back to God and nature. This is something I can find comfort and hope in.
Once the shock of change wore off, I’ve come to realize, we are at a juncture in our journey. The veil has been lifted off of many of our eyes. Idols have been exposed and we are being given the choice to fight to return to what was or move forward with new clarity. Of course there are many aspects of life worth returning too. BUT, we have been given an unique opportunity to reset, refocus and reestablish what we want our lives to embody. What do we want to leave behind and what do we want to bring with us?
I do not usually use my platform to “preach” although if you have read any of my posts, I hope it is evident that I am a God fearing and loving Christian and He is the center of my family. As a mother, there are moments the vitriol of the world takes my breath away. I get hit with a flash of paralysis fearing for the future my children are inheriting.
When this happens I turn to prayer. Jesus says, “Do not fear” (Matthew 10:31). He tells us to put our Hope in him and his plan. “Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the Lord.” (Psalm 31:24). Our children are this hope for the future. He gave them to us for a reason as part of His plan. We have been gifted the responsibility to nurture our children for a time such as this.
It can be terrifying raising children today. Fearing for their loss of innocence. Fearing they will lose control over their bodily autonomy and so many other things. When these doubts creep in. I turn to Hope and Faith. The Bible tells us, “You were born for such a time as this.” So let’s work together to raise a generation who will rise up and change the course of this world. Let’s raise up a generation who will get back to nature. Raise a generation who will cut the excess and get back to finding a balance between the technology and modern amenities. Let’s raise up a generation who is thankful and appreciative for what they have. Who won’t spend their lives chasing excess. Let’s raise up a generation who recognizes that family and God is fulfillment, everything else is temporary happiness.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25.