What’s Stopping You and Your Children?
I am currently reading a book by Tim Tebow called Mission Possible. He shares a very interesting story in one of the chapters. He talks about how when he was growing up, whatever he was afraid of his parents made him do the exact thing he was afraid of doing.
For example, he shared how his home church put on major productions throughout the year. He said they were great, but he never had any desire to be a part of it. He was afraid to audition. Well, his parents made him audition. He was seven years old, and he said it was the most annoying thing he ever had to do, but in the end, he was proud that he did it – and got through it. To his surprise, however, he was offered a small part. But from that audition he ended up learning under the choir director Miss Nancy who became an integral part of his life. When Tim got married, two decades after learning under Miss Nancy, he invited her to his wedding. That’s how much of a huge impact she had in his life. He said Miss Nancy was an amazing woman of God. She made everyone feel special no matter who they were.
Tim realized the impact Miss Nancy had in his life would not have been possible had his parents allowed his fear to dictate his life.
This story made me think about how much we forfeit in our lives due to fear. We pray and we ask God for His favor and blessings for our children, but are oblivious to how often we give up, how much we forfeit His plans in their life when we give into their fears?
As I type this message, our second daughter Sophia was invited to a basketball camp this summer. She flat out did not want to go. Her reason was she was afraid to go. Me and my husband Omar, spent some time talking to her about what God’s Word says about fear and how to overcome fear by drawing close to God.
- Isaiah 4:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
- Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
- Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
He will do amazing things in our lives when we admit our fears to Him and allow Him to help us get through the fear. I shared with Sophia the story from Tim Tebow’s book which help ease her fears and I gave her a Scripture to keep with her, Isaiah 41:10. I use this verse all the time when I am about to embark on something I am afraid of.
Have you ever considered that God is answering your prayers for your children, but fear is causing you and your children to miss His answers to your prayers? We can sit back and wait on God to open doors that make us comfortable. He might do that if He wants to, but He doesn’t have to. When we face obstacles that is the perfect time to deepen our relationship with Him. When we allow Him to work in our lives despite our fears that is when we see amazing things that God can do.
The godly spouse you’re praying for your children might be at the very place he or she is afraid to go to.
The godly career opportunity might be at the very place your child is afraid to go to.
How will my homeschooler make friends? The MILLION-dollar question of the day! Well, the best friend you are praying for might be at the very place your child is afraid to go to. And God does not have to open that door again. He can – but He does not have to.
Do you get? God is not obligated to meet us in our comfort. In other words, God does not have to act according to our will…We live according to His will and that means we allow Him to help us through our fears for His purpose and to deepen our relationship with Him.
I pray you will help your child fight through their fears with God’s help. Maybe you need to do the same thing friend. When you are afraid pray and ask God to help you in your fear. Recite Scripture. The three Scriptures in this post are good. Also go to your Bible and look in the back for Scriptures pertaining to fear. You and your children should read your Bibles in its entirety but finding certain Scriptures for life application is always a great start. Allow God to meet you and your children where you are and conquer fear for a greater purpose for Him!
~Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS
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