My “passionate”, smart, funny, all-boy 9 year old has been struggling with anxiety again, and my mama heart is heavy for him. The battle has at times been very intense in the last 2 years. Exhausting and frustrating. And so very revealing of God’s redeeming love.
Anxiety is real. It isn’t something you can just flip a switch on, and “stop”. I must admit, I didn’t understand how debilitating the grip of worry could be, until we watched it nearly choke the life out of our ball-of-energy little boy.
After a year of beautiful Christian counseling, and a whole lot of grace, our boy came through stronger than before. His story is nothing shy of a miracle.
And, yet, I’ve been reminded as he’s struggled at different points in the last few months, from various “triggers,” that the enemy is relentless — what an unfair battle for a little one to have to fight, but still, it reminds me just how much Truth we need to be pouring into our children, and into our own hearts — in season and out. // Always knowing well what is lying just beneath the surface // paying attention to the crafty schemes of the enemy.
“Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations. When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in, the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field. You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family and to nourish your female servants.” – Proverbs 23:23-27
Because fair or not, you’re never too little (or big) to learn to how to be strong and courageous – to experience the valley so your gaze will look upward // to be pruned so that new growth is possible // and to never stop fighting to expose the enemy for exactly who he is — a liar and a thief.
Praise God, we are guaranteed ultimate victory.
Hold on to His promises — your battle is real, and maybe it’s not fair — but neither is grace. Yeah, that’s undeserved too. Remember, you are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus. Nothing can separate you from the safety of His loving arms – not one single thing. You can be convinced of it.
As it is written:“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:36-39