Suffer Not the Children

Matthew 19:13-14

Perhaps, it is the picture emblazoned in my mind of the the toddler immigrant who washed ashore on a Turkish beach. Perhaps, it is the disregard for the value of life on the Oregon college campus. Perhaps, it is the image of the twenty-five Russian children who met their earthly end in the Sinai Desert. Perhaps, it is the thought of nine year old Tyshawn Lee who was murdered by a Chicago gang or the silent six year old, Jeremy Mardis, who was riddled with police bullets while riding shotgun with his dad. Whatever, the PERHAPS, I shout to the Lord, Suffer Not the Children. And what is more, I exhort you to shout with me. Let us rise from our slumber and voice our prayer of outrage. Let us prevail upon God’s grace and mercy. Let us bypass cultural and societal fixes and surpass all humanitarian causes and efforts. The Bible says, Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11). Indeed, let us wholeheartedly seek the Lord on behalf of our young. He is our only Hope! O Sovereign and compassionate God, Suffer Not the Children!

As a wife, mother, grandmother and woman of faith, I recently compiled a list entitled 12 Things I Desire for our Children. These 12 Things…are the essence of Faith Feedings…12 principles to nurture you child’s spiritual development. The process of identifying these 12 things and committing them to writing has brought clarity to my passion for securing the conscience of the next generation for faith in God. They have become my prayer to our Heavenly Father for the sake a heritage of faith in our families.

It is in my heart to compile a new list. It will be called: 12 Concerns Mothers have for their Children. I need your help. What concerns you regarding your children matters to me and it matters to God. So tell me…What concerns cross your mind as you tuck your children into bed or put them on the school bus? What are you thinking as they enter college, the military, or the work force? From what worldly ills do you wish to shield them? What frames your Suffer Not the Children prayer? Regrettably, words like danger, disease, terror, bullying, addiction, eating disorders, trafficking, and immorality are plaguing the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of our families. Would you join me in clarifying our deepest concerns for our children before the Lord so that with one heart and mind we can seek God’s grace and mercy on behalf of the young in our midst. O Faithful and Merciful God—Suffer Not the Children!

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
Psalm 138:8 NKJV

OPP (opportunity for action): Share your mother’s heart concerns with me by either responding to this blog with a comment or emailing me privately at Just a word or a phrase is sufficient. Please note that I respect your privacy. In addition, please Forward this blog and Share it with your Facebook friends. Let us deliver our Suffer Not the Children request to God’s throne of grace as a multitude of Mothers and Grandmothers interceding for the children of America and the world. For nothing is impossible with God ( Luke 1:37).

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A Faith Mother’s Day

imageThere are two Mother’s Days. Do you celebrate both of them? One Mother’s Day is celebrated on earth. The other brings rejoicing in heaven. God’s creation of the heavens and the earth was not random. It was specific and purposeful. He designed an environment where His created would thrive. Likewise, God’s design for the family was specific and purposeful. The Biblical framework of the family gives mothers a position of powerful influence on their young. It is God’s intent that mother’s influence their children in a way that leads to life eternal. That pathway is described in John 14:6: Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Mother’s have the specific and purposeful charge of providing an environment where the faith of their children will thrive…by God’s grace and enablement, of course. Allow me to walk this path with you…using the acronym M O M.

Model Faith in your home. …but the righteous will live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4). You are your child’s Bible. You mirror faith to them. Strong faith does not come casually. It requires daily devotion to God. Let your child see you with Bible in hand. Let them hear your dependence on God as expressed in your prayers. Let them know of God’s faithfulness and His love for your family. Children have a great capacity for belief in God. You have been given a place of place of great influence. May the Lord take you faith forward in it.
Open God’s Word to your children. Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds (Psalm 71:17). You have first call on teaching your children to live for God. The Bible is full of accounts of those whose lives mirror faith in God. What I love about Bible characters is that they are presented in all their human frailty. Help your children see themselves in Bible greats like Joseph, Daniel and David. Most importantly, help them see God’s hand in the lives of His people. God’ protection and plan for Baby Moses is a good place to begin.
Memorize Scripture. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; (Genesis 26:24) Plant this verse in your child’s heart. They will need it throughout their lives…how well we know. Children have an incredible capacity to memorize. Choose verses that express God’s love for them and His presence with them. As your kiddos grow God will bring stored verses to their mind in their time of need. They will learn incrementally that God will be with them as they face challenges, doubts and fears. Do not deny your child the arsenal of God’ Word in their heart.

My passion in life is to encourage MOM’s (and all close mentors to children) to cultivate faith in the children in their circle of influence. I am with you heart and soul. Help is on the way…Faith Feedings: 12 Principles to nourish your child’s spiritual development is COMING SOON!

Go Ahead! Celebrate two Mother’s Days this year. Rejoice in both of them. My Mother’s Day sentiment for you: Her children arise and call her blessed; (Proverbs 31:28)
Happy Mother’s Day x’s 2!

OPP: Do not be afraid, for I am with you; (Genesis 26:24). Help your children hide these words in their hearts by writing the first letter of every word on a card. Explain to them that these letters are the initials of each word. The initials will serve as a prompt to your child’s mind. They will be able to repeat the verse by looking at the letters.                          Example: D n b a, f I a w y (Genesis 26:24). Through repetition of this process this verse will be seeded in their hearts. (The Scripture Code by DeeDee Cass). Give it a try. Ready for another verse…let me know!

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