Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Will We Fight For Them?

I had quite a sobering conversation in my head yesterday. 

Yesterday I sort of reached the ‘end’ of my limit with a certain teenage son, who simply is going through what I would call typical ‘growing up pains’.  Each of his brothers before him did too, I know this, but somehow forget and get frustrated.

My normal M.O. is to just get ticked and say, ‘fine, figure it out on your own then.’  (yes, I know not so spiritual nor mature)  I want to just wash my hands of the whole stinkin’ mess.

Well, I called Brian, ranted something about ‘just being done with him’.  I believe I let him know that this particular son was HIS, and I was just done.  He, of course, was shocked by my words and encouraged (begged) me to stop the foolishness coming out of my mouth.  I just sat there and stewed while he talked.

When we got off the phone I went about my business, still stewing and a brewing, repeating my above foolishness in my head.  What I heard next just about stopped my in my tracks, literally.

“So, you’re done?  Well, you might as well be putting him right into the hands of the enemy.”  Giant gulp!  I literally could picture just handing my son over to the enemy because I was too selfish, lazy and prideful to deal with everyday issues!  Ugh, it pains me now to even think about it.


If we don’t fight for our children, who will?  There is an enemy who prowls around seeking whom he may destroy.  He comes to steal, kill and destroy.  A very REAL vicious, relentless killer after our children and I am willing to just say, ‘forget it, too hard, don’t want to deal with this today’??? 

NO!!  I am not willing to give up!  I choose to fight with every ounce of my being.  I will not let the enemy take my children on my watch.  If we don’t fight for them, who will, ladies, who will?

Yep, I repented yesterday.  I told God I see that I am wrong, I don’t really have the fight and the love in me to battle this, but I know that He does and I am counting on HIM to equip me.

Let the very cry of our hearts be . . .

Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. (2 Timothy 2:10)

May we be willing to endure ALL things for our children’s sake!



Karen said...

Just two days ago this very thing happened to me. My daughter was having issues, and let's just say it has been a hard five or six years with her. I was at my breaking point and said those exact words to my hubby. I also told him I couldn't do this anymore ~ I let the enemy feed my foolishness that entire day about everything. I was having a major pity party. Of course, I felt terrible the next morning. I couldn't believe I would feel that way about a precious treasure that God had given me. I now see how much damage two words can do. I will never say that again ~ I will not knowingly give my daughter to the enemy. Thanks for the insight today. Blessings!

Jenn said...

My dear friend! WOW! Just absolutely WOW! I needed to be reminded of this today! Thank you SO MUCH!

cooperkelly4 said...

I think I comment this every post: "soooo good!" A wise woman said that very thing to me when I was pregnant with my first:
" If you won't fight for your children, who will."
sweet repentance and sowing for victory!!!

Becky said...

Who among us has raised children without coming to that point? Numerous times. I know I have, I sitll am, and I will probably do so again in the future.
I think God uses those times as much for me as for the girls. It's times like that, when I (eventually) remember that I can't do it, but God can, and I turn it over to him again. Not to say I won't mess up and pick it back up again, but...
It's kind of good to hear about the honest struggles. It helps us all remember that, though most people talk about the good stuff, life is not all sweetness and light. There is sourness, and shadows that we must allow God to lead us through.

Gloria said...

Oh, friend, isn't it good that God can lead us even when we are listening to lies? Sometimes, it is the way of life to get weary in well doing. But God is so faithful to pierce through those lies and shine the light of truth on the issue. He gives the grace to face the stuggle and be victorious!! We have been there and can empathize. Stay strong and continue to fight the good fight of faith.
Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Praying for and love you bunches!

Mary said...

No, you are right! Never give up!

Anonymous said...

Just stopping in to let you know I am OK. Thank you for your love and concern...and most of all prayer! xo ~ R

linda @ bushel and a pickle said...

Anything worth faighting for will take its toil on us; hard to handle but your reminder is an encouragement to any of us who are in the fight for good, for godly.

Sarah R said...

I have three teenagers right now...and grow so frustrated and upset when my children purposefully (or accidentally) stray from what I've taught them. This post could have been written by me; thank you so much for such an intimate picture that applies to so many of us. I'm not giving up!

Nancy said...

This is so encouraging and motivating for me! I would like to share it with my friends. Do you mind if I mention it and share a link on my blog?