I remember it clearly.
AJ was playing soccer against a team who was pretty much known for being dirty.
The game was nearing the end, and we were winning handily.
All of a sudden, one of the guys from the other team came up behind AJ and slammed him to the ground.
He never even saw it coming.
The kid got a red card and was removed from the field, but to this day, AJ still has neck problems because of it!
Instantly, the momma bear in me came rising up. I wanted to protect him! I had no idea why anyone would want to hurt him!
I don’t think there is any mom out there who would feel differently!
We do no take well to people hurting our children!!
If you’ve grown up reading the Bible, I’m sure you’re familiar with the verses:
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth – the one who accuses them before our God day and night…
We know. We know the verses, we probably memorized them, and we know that we need to be aware.
But when you start thinking about these verses in light of your children?
Whole new ballgame, sistahs!
So there is someone out there who is literally prowling around looking to devour my children?
There is someone standing before God night and day and accusing Aj, Ry and J in front of God?
Bringing up their weaknesses, their flaws, and their struggles to make them look bad?
Take a second, right now and picture what that looks like.
Someone making plans right this very second, to devour and trip up and destroy your baby girl or baby boy.
This is not ok!!!
I am not going to just sit back and let that happen.
Not on my watch!!
I spend a lot of times with teenagers, and I am seeing an incredible amount of parents who are taking the back-seat-mentality.
They are basically just letting their kids do whatever, with no accountability, no structure, and very little involvement.
And then when they do get involved, it’s either because their kid got in trouble, or they just don’t know what to do.
That just ain’t my style.
I am just going to straight up ask you what you’re doing to protect your kids from the enemy that wants to kill them?
What is your prayer life for them like?
What is your communication with them like?
What is your personal relationship with Jesus like?
Do you have a plan?
Are you just kind of crossing your fingers, sending them to youth group and hoping for the best.
We can’t do that.
We can’t sit back.
We can’t take the back seat.
We have to get that momma bear feeling!
That feeling I had towards the kid who shoved AJ? It wasn’t nice.
I was mad at him, and I wanted to go running onto the field and ask what the heck his deal was, and punch him in the face
(I didn’t. Don’t worry ;P )
But that anger I felt? It should be magnified by millions when I think about an enemy who is doing this continuously.
Day in, day out.
Trying to get my boys to fail. To cheat. To lie. To doubt. To stress. To be discouraged. To get angry.
AND… if I am seeing any of those symptoms?
Maybe the first place I run should not be to the doctor’s office to get them put on some prescription.
Maybe it should be running to get on my knees and begging God to protect my boys from the enemy.
Maybe I should invest my time in letting my boys know that they have the power inside of them to not fail, to not cheat, to not lie, to not stress, to not be discouraged and to not get angry!
I am certainly not knocking doctors. I’m not saying it shouldn’t be a place to go, I’m just saying we shouldn’t go running their first.
We need to stick together and be sure that our kids have a full understanding of who they are in Christ.
Because if we don’t tell them every singe day?
The world, their social media feed, and the enemy is telling them the exact opposite of what we want them to know.
Do a little research.
Kids these days are more depressed, stressed, anxious, angry and even suicidal than ever before.
No one is being left out of the enemy’s path.
He wants them all.
And that includes your kids too.
Your voice needs to be heard.
Mommas – It’s time we started getting angry.
It’s time we started getting angry enough at the enemy to stand up and do something!
My prayer time with God specifically praying scripture over my boys?
I’m amping it up.
The time I set aside for one-on-one dates with my boys?
I’m adding in more dates.
My meeting with other moms just to pray over our kids?
I’m adding more to the calendar.
I will not sit by.
I will not look back at my life and regret not doing everything I could possibly do to protect and keep my kids safe from the roaring lion.
How about you?
What aspect of your life are you going to amp up?
I don’t care how old your child is..it’s never too early or too late to start.
Let’s do this together, and let’s stop that enemy.
Ain’t nobody gonna be scoping out and accusing my kids without paying.