The attack on mom and the home is one of the most serious discussions that is rarely had. When it is you and them (the kids) alone during the day you are in a spiritual war that not only knocks the wind out of your sails mentally but also physically.
These regular attacks come with being a mother but
veteran moms usually don’t mention it. Oh the pregnancy and new baby is welcomed and wooed over. There are some tidbits like, “Don’t let others tell you how to parent” or “There will be long nights but hope comes in the morning.” But aren’t we tired of hearing those clichéd statements? When you are on the battlefield you need real power. There is a real struggle for mothers, especially Christian moms, to stay hope-filled, joyful and on track.
There are so many times when I feel the attack on myself, my family, my home. It is such an incredibly debilitating force that sometimes I forget the solution is right in front of me. It is not some misty wispy notion in the back of your head.
There is a specific attack on your specific weaknesses and the attack is from a specific enemy: Satan. Yes I’m talking about the guy in red with horns, but he doesn’t look like a cartoon and probably hasn’t any horns. I’m not talking fairytales. He is a real opposition and he does have an army coming against you. The Bible tells us very plainly who Satan is and what he’s all about:
He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him.
Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)
Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
The Bible also states:
Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:11-12)
He’s a liar and our adversary.
He has schemes (specific plans of attack). And it is a struggle! Not with what we can see, so…
When you feel anger, you may be being egged on.
When you feel scared, someone is hoping you’ll share that with your kids.
When you feel lonely that distance can cause something worse in your marriage and with your kids.
When your kids are constantly at each other and it’s tearing at you, it’s not just sibling rivalry.
How do you stop these attacks from penetrating your soul and turning your eyes off of your children, husband and service to your Savior?
First remember mom the solution is right in front of you. God. He is the only one able to end the attacks on you.
Second step back and analyze what’s going on in your family, in your home. Are the kids at each others necks? Is it more often than it usually is? Are you sleeping well? I mean not just newborn babyhood or a run of the coughs, but unexplained wakings by your or your kids? Is there unexplained tension between you and your husband? Think about your home and your situation, sometimes we go on frustrated for months before we realize something is just not right.
Third pray. Now that you’ve analyzed you can specifically pray for God’s direction, protection and strength. I had a lot of fear during the time my husband started working evenings. It wasn’t even when the sunset necessarily but even in the summer when it was still bright as day. It just didn’t make sense and it was intense anxiety. Asking, seeking, knocking on the Lord’s door provided the solution. Nothing actually changed but the fear left, just like the change in atmosphere when someone leaves your house after a visit.
Fourth scriptures and Hymns and memorization cements God’s word into your head and heart. They roam around your thoughts and interweave with your actions, they come out in your speech. Confidence and hope become apart of you. The same is with hymns and it’s nice to sing these as you go about your day, or to have them playing in the background. Truths and love drifts into the hearts of everyone who is listening.
By putting up your protection, staying focused primarily on the Lord as your help, you can better guide your family. You can stay uplifted. The sunshine will not be so easily blocked from your life and those under your protection.
In what ways have you felt the attack on your home? on your motivation? on your marriage? Do you have any additional tips on how we can guard ourselves?
This is part one of a two part series called Seriousness and Satan