Learning to Be Secure

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What will you do today to give your spouse and your children the assurance of God's (and your) protection of them?

The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive. Psalm 41:2

When our son, Eric, was about five, he went through a fear of separation from us. David and I struggled with just how to minister to Eric during this time, but I also had to deal with a personal issue of my own. I had to come to a place where I trusted God to protect our kids. Up until that time, I had pretty much oper­ated with an attitude of "God gave us these kids, but I'm the only one who can be counted on to protect them." God had to do a significant work in me. He wanted me to protect our kids, but He also wanted me to be free to count on Him to take care of them, too.

David and I made a plan. First, we gave Eric plenty of undivided attention when we were home. That told him he could be reassured of our love. Next, we took small steps to encourage Eric to stay with others while we were gone. We first left Eric with his grandparents for the evening. Next, we left Eric with his grandparents for the whole day, then overnight, then for a weekend. Each time we left Eric, we reassured him that we would return quickly, told him how sad we were that he felt scared at times, and praised him for his courage. Slowly God began to restore Eric's sense of security.

I learned some great lessons during that time. First, I learned how to help our kids through some times of fear. I also learned that God could take care of our kids and my husband even better than I could. He could and can be trusted to provide loving protection.

What will you do today to give your spouse and children the assurance of God's and your protection of them?

Thank You, Father, for walking with us through every event in our lives. Help me to trust You with my spouse and our family.

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