For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities not powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord -Romans 8:38-39
As moms we can find ourselves lost in our own thoughts about our children's wellbeing. We can make up scenarios in our mind about things that might never happen. When my oldest son was a baby and toddler I would get my heart so worked up with worry that it felt crippling. One night I succumbed to the fears I had built up. I laid flat out on my bed and cried out to God. I couldn't keep worrying about and imagining the awful things the world has waiting for my child. I had to give him back to God, and I did. I told God in prayer that night that I would do the very best I knew how, but that I trusted Him to do the rest. He is so much more sufficient as a Parent than I am anyway. The relief I felt from that day on changed not only how I thought about my child's future, but it changed how I thought about my own weaknesses as a mom. Our Heavenly Father continues to stand in my weakness, only making me stronger. It was that prayer that made all the difference.
Here is what I know to be true...
Head: When we read the word perish, we think of death. That's the definition right?
Something either dies suddenly, untimely, or in a violent way. It could also mean a slow perish like when our vegetables rotten.
Still John 3:16 tell us we "...should not perish..." where believers in Christ are concerned.
What we understand from our believers perspective is that every person alive, has lived, or will live has an eternal soul that will always remain somewhere forever. Therefore, what does cease to exist is our physical self.
As mothers, we tend to find ourselves so stuck in the here and now, it is a stretch to think about eternity. If our children are grown, sometimes we grieve a time gone by when our babies are little, but when they're little we worry about the world's affect on their innocence and their future.
As mother's we can be very short sighted concerning the world outside of our children, but they need us to keep an eternal perspective.
Heart: When we reject God, reject His son, reject the very act of Love that brings us all back together, we allow sin to continue its deadly work. Thing is, God doesn't leave a soul hanging in the unknown, it has a place.
"He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" - Romans 8:32
Momma, it is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen (vv34) who speaks on our behalf before our God Father.
Jesus speaks to God on our behalf because we were not worthy to do so ourselves. He does so for you and me and our children.
Jesus stands up for us and says, "Father, she is without any blame, without any sin, without anything that keeps her from You. I've got all that covered."
Jesus ushers us to the One, our Heavenly Father, who holds all of creation in His hands...all because we believed in Jesus. We get to live in the presence of that kind of grace and mercy forever.
Hands: Our love for our children can be reflection of Christ's love. We can pray for our children. From the moment you conceive or dream of your child, pray for your child.
Pray for a day of salvation for our children, so that our children will grow to know Christ and His great love. Not just know of Him, but to REALLY know Him, have a relationship with Him. Our children will one day either take a stand for Christ or they won't. When the opportunity arrives, they will accept Him and live an eternal life with Christ, or they won't.
Your prayers are important.
The enemy, the devil himself, is after our children and their innocence. The enemy is after our families. You have the weapons and armor to protect your family. Jesus has already disarmed the enemy. Your authority keeps the enemy in check.
The name of Jesus spoken over your children is powerful beyond what you can ever imagine. To perish means that we are aware of our loving God, but for eternity be separated from Him because of our own rejection of Him.
We know that once our children receive Christ, nothing can separate them from Him, it is impossible.
Pray for salvation, pray for belief, pray the enemy away from your child's reconciliation with God through Christ.
Here! Hold My Crown! Is a forthcoming devotional for mothers. Written by Aimee Larsen, a mother of 5 children. She walked through having a premie, infertility, miracles, foster care, and adoption.