Monday, January 8, 2018

B: Believe God

The first letter in the word Brave.  The start of turning moms into every day heroes and helping them realize this truth.  After working through fear and anxiety, learning that God did in deed give us fear, but it is the enemy who takes it and turns it into anxiety, I have begun to create a more solid foundation in which I can build my faith understanding on.

Believing God, not just believing in God, but truly, wholeheartedly believing God. 

Our lives are filled with ups and downs.  It is like Andy Andrews says "Well, if you think about it, the reality is that we’re all either in a crisis, coming out of a crisis, or headed for a crisis. It’s just part of being with us on this planet.".  These crisis are our battles.

We face battles every day all day long.  We face them so often that we tend to pass through them without noticing, without knowing, because they have become such a part of our life that we no longer act on instinct, but we act on habit.

For example, the first time your kid throws an all out tantrum.  It doesn't matter where you are, you try to diffuse it as quickly as you can.  But at a certain age, tantrums become commonplace.  As they happen often enough you learn the warning signs one is coming, how to handle them and work through them, and how to work towards putting an end to them altogether. 

The in between time becomes a battle with emotions.  You are trying to help them work through them in the best way possible so they can learn how to work through them on their own, at some point.  But in the meantime, you are , in a sense, in war mode, battle mode. 

You may be in the trenches each day, but there will come a time when you all crawl out onto the other side stronger, more courageous, filled with hope ready to face the next battle that comes.  Some battles are easier to face than others.  Some are shorter than others.  Those bigger ones, we come out with a stronger warrior in us.  The littler ones, those prepare us for the bigger ones.

God doesn't give us more than we can handle.  Though at times it seems like it is too much, especially when the battles are much bigger.  It was never said that things will always be easy and easy to navigate.  But what if in those harder times, when we feel we are sinking more than floating we turned to God and instead of believing in him, we believed him?  Wholeheartedly, mind, body, soul believed him.

Like Lee says in the book: "It involves knowing our God and knowing His promises.  The difference between desert and bounty in our faith all hinges on one thing: our ability to believe God."

How strong is your ability?  If I were honest, mine isn't as strong.  Yes, I believe in God, but I am learning more each day to believe God. 

We can face our battles and we can become stronger.  Why?  Because, as Lee said, "Christ is infinitely stronger than the Enemy".  And because of it we can be stronger.  Likewise, so will our kids.

We have two choices every morning we get up.  Even before our feet hit the floor, we have a decision to make.  Do we thank God that he is directing our day and commit ourselves to Him? Or do we allow all the pressures of the day, all the hazards of motherhood direct our thoughts?

Which one will you choose? Either way, your kids will pick up on it.  If we believe God and we model it, our kids will see it.  And on the flip side, if we show our kids to that we are allowing all the pressures direct our thoughts, they will see it too.  Both will have a profound impact on them.

What if before we leave our bed, we put on our armor for the day and ready ourselves.  Prepare for what we can, let God handle the rest, and lead our kids in a way where they can be heroes of the day too. 

Big or small actions will snowball, and will have a lasting affect on those around us.