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When is standing still actually a bold action?

Standing still takes power and patience and purpose. It is downright hard, especially when a loved one is under enemy attack.

Parents know this all too well. When someone seeks to harm one of our kids, our feathers stand straight up.

Even more, when the enemy of our souls goes after one of these little ones (no matter how old that little one might be – even in adulthood), look out! We wanna shake our fists and fight.

Only sometimes there seems to be nothing we can do to stop or mend or fix the situation. Maybe the kid seems to be calling the shots in his or her own dilemma. Perhaps the danger lies in bad decisions the kid is making.

Mid-rebellion, the kid appears to have no interest in departing from danger or any sort of parental plucking from the fire into which he or she seems to be plunging.

What’s a parent gonna do?

I’m in the middle of such a situation right now. And it’s nearly killing me.

Maybe you are too. If you are, then you get this. You live it. No pat answers. You know exactly what this sort of primal parental pain feels like.

I’m staring at the ceiling in the dark, wrestling through the wee hours of the night. I am sobbing in my sleeplessness.And I am praying with a frenzy. I’ve tried fixing the thing all sorts of ways with reason, restrictions, and repercussions – but the predicament persists.

Kids don’t come to genuine saving faith, simply because their parents say so. Like us, they make their own choices and grapple with the results.

Oh, Lord. Let ‘em land quickly, before the damage is too deep.

Here’s a truth to claim and cling to: God loves our kids even more than we do.

And the Lover of our Souls wants nothing more than to draw our loved ones’ hearts to Himself, where they can find peace and hope and rest.

 “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." (Exodus 14:14, NIV)

Boom! We are standing in agreement, watching for the Lord to step in with His mighty power.

Remind me of all this tomorrow, someone. And the next day too. I’m gonna need to hear it again.

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