Putting Out the Fear Fire!
I've been more aware lately of how much fear we all deal with. As Parents we especially live with the threat of fear. If you turn on your TV or open a web news browser, you are hit with unrelenting images of fear and loss and violence and heartbreak. When we get overloaded with the bad news of our world, It hurts us as parents. We start to fear everything and everyone.
Fear weakens us, fatigues us and robs us of our contentment, of our joy for living our lives. We are re-directed from appreciating and enjoying the day, to anxiously looking for dangerous situations to avoid. Franklin Roosevelt, one of our most famous US Presidents, said that "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
Going back to school is usually a major catalyst for fear in our homes.
Parents are afraid for their kids, kids become afraid of their teachers and peers and if we’re not careful we can allow that fear to spill over into our days and nights, stealing our sleep and interrupting what could be a wonderful time of year. A transition from summer to fall, and a step up in learning, education and development.
It’s good to be aware, it’s appropriate to be involved, engaged and active in the details of our kids lives. But let’s be sure and step back a moment from the rush and frenzy of the new schedule and remember the absolute wonder of it all.
Remind yourself of the gift of the moment, of watching your kids grow a little bit more, of them stepping off the bus and into a new stage and age of life. Watch as they fearfully and courageously move into the unknown to find the fears are mostly imagined and the joys and excitement of school and friends and the cafeteria are way more exciting than the safety of a year spent inside their home. (okay, that was mostly for parents of elementary students, but even junior high and high school parents can appreciate this)
My encouragement to you is to consciously choose to step back from the edge of anxiety. To fight the fear fire in your heart and mind with the truth of God and the conviction of your faith.
God is always able… (Jude 24-25)
God loves us and our kids more than we can imagine, it’s ok to trust him with them in our absence. (Jeremiah 17:7)
Our times and our kids lives are in his hands. (Psalm 37:18)
Faith is the evidence of things “not” yet seen… (Hebrews 11:1)
When you can recenter your self around the truth of scripture and the promises of God to you and yours, the fear fire gets put out and your home can function with the peace and grace of God which does guard your heart and mind. That peace will spill out into your kids and family and friends and re-direct our energies from surviving the new school season to thriving in the new season.
“And now to him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in his bright presence, fresh and celebrating—to our one God, our only Savior, through Jesus Christ, our Master, be glory, majesty, strength, and rule before all time, and now, and to the end of all time. Yes!” (Jude 24-25 (MSG))
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