What Bag Do You Carry?

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”  –1 John4:18

I was a stay at home mom, for most of our children’s formative years.

I was able to be at every ball game, moonlight as a taxi driver to their first school dance, and play doctor/science teacher when I watched the bubbling peroxide (I poured) to cleans their wounds.

I was affectionately named, “Mom the fixer.” My husband was affectionately called, “Dad Can”, because (to them and me) their dad/my husband, can do everything!!! But what happens when Mom can not fix it or Dad can not do?

Shop Dayspring Door DecorOne of the bags a parent carries, is the bag of fear.

You never want your child to experience sickness, tragedy, or worse yet, fall away from the faith.  This fear will distract you, and keep you from flourishing in faith. The enemy knows that if he can divert your heart with worry, you will disassemble the mechanics of what trust is made of. 

Furthermore,  the enemy also knows that if he keeps you focused on what you see, your hope is diverted, and you will become sick (ref. Proverbs 13:12). 

It’s time to throw away the ugly bag of fear and replace it with a sturdy and reliable bag of hope.

As a mom, as a parent, I am clinging to these words like never before. Our loving Father says in I Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” And we are told not to fear about anything! 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” In Hebrews 11:1,  Paul lends an encouraging word by way of the comfort of the Holy Spirit, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

Fill your bag with the Word of God.

Our children are young adults, but parenting never stops. Today, my friend reminded me to keep giving the word of God to our children, because they are listening. I so needed that reminder!

We need to remember what Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

When circumstances crash into something other than promises of God, we must automatically know it is a lie. His word is true. You and your SHOP NOW 2household will be saved and be blessed.

Here are a few scriptures to help when you or your children are anxious. 

For the child: Isaiah 54:13 “All your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children’s peace.”

For the parent: Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”

Trust God with your children. His care for our children is always better than our control.

There is hope in the safety of knowing God. He will catch every care you throw at Him. He is just that concerned about you, and your children.

IMG_20171202_210221_221 - Jackie Bell (1)Jackie Smith-Bell is a wife, mother, and believer in Christ Jesus who loves to encourage women to believe. 

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