Monday, October 17, 2011

Mothers Who Worry

A doubting, worrying mother is not being a good mother.  She's modeling fear, not faith;  and she'll produce worrying, anxious kids who have no idea that ~

"God is our refuge and strength, and an ever present help in trouble"
Psalm 46:1. 

Do you want an atmosphere of well-being, peace at heart, confidence and fun? 

Do you want a lot of laughter at your house? 

And doesn't it seem as if that's really the way a good Christian home ought to be? God never intends your house to be fearful.  There are 365 "fear nots" in the Bible.

Studies have shown that the home is by far the greatest influence on children. Teach your children to go into the world strongly, as a confident minority, with their heads up. 

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of love and of self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7 

Tell your children over and over that One walks with them through all this world's judgment fires, and that this one who is in them is greater than the one who is in the world. I John 4:4 

Let your children know that sin is getting worse, but goodness is getting better. 

Celebrate righteousness! 

Celebrate God, who will win! 

Let your kids know that as Christians they're victors! 

Your trust in God will color everything. 

Then as you guide your family through all the traumas, calmly trust Him.  Keep daily nourished in Scripture and prayer, and calmly trust Him.  Fix your eyes on Jesus, and calmly trust Him.   So give up control and let God lead.

*The majority of this post was taken from Disciplines of the Home by Anne Ortlund