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The Daily Worries Of A Parent
by Ngozi Nwoke
6/06/2014 / Parenting
Do you find yourself worrying over your children's daily affairs or their future? Parenthood comes with great responsibilities: spiritual, physical and emotional responsibilities. And for an adult to be stable all round, his parents must fulfill their responsibilities. However, these responsibilities turn into daily worries for some parents. This article tells you the root-cause of the anxiety and what to do to avoid it.
"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? - Matthew 6:25-27 (NKJV)
Nobody really wants to worry over anything, because it is not good at all even for your health. But somehow, people get tangled with daily worries and it seems to increase when you become a parent. And sometimes, people think, especially women, that worrying over their children is normal.
Anxiety is not of God, but of the devil. It never solves anything but compounds issues. It affects you spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically and financially. It is a little fox that spoils the vine- Songs of Solomon 2:15.
Therefore, God admonishes us in Matthew 6:25-34 not to worry over anything. Worrying can never add one cubit to your stature. If God can take care of grasses that are today and tomorrow they are no more, will He not take care of you and your children? Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
When I got married I made up my mind not to worry about anything but to trust God for everything. It worked for many years, but then I was yet to be a mother. I didn't worry about anything even though we were constantly moving because of my husband's assignments. I was content with whatever I had until I had my son twelve years after marriage, and the daily worries of a parent crawled in.
I started thinking of how to secure his future financially. I became concerned with the constant movements. I worried about his low-speed in talking and expressing himself; anxiety overwhelmed me. We lacked nothing but I found myself worrying about tomorrow and everything about him. I was no more content with what I had; I wanted more because of tomorrow. Then I understood why it was difficult to convince my mother not to worry about us her children.
Then, one day, God pointed out the genesis of my daily worries - I didn't trust Him enough to take care of my son and all that concerns him. I was acting as though my son's future depended only on my efforts. I was trying to take the place of God over my son's life and certainly I was not doing a good job with it.
God reminded me of how he took care of me and all that concerned me because I trusted Him. I apologized, asked for forgiveness and chose to trust Him from then on to take care of any issue concerning my son. Any time daily worries tried to come back, I would hold on to God's word that He will take care of my son, till the anxiety disappears.
So should you do nothing and expect God to do it all? No, that shouldn't be the case. A man of God calls that an irresponsible faith. You are to do what lies within your power without anxiety and leave the rest for God. You are only a caretaker and God is the ultimate "owner" of your children. God is a responsible father, He will always take care of His own if you will only trust Him and allow Him to do what is best for them.
If you are looking for a job, do whatever is lawful that you hand finds to do with all your might (Ecclesiastes 9:10) and God will prosper it - Deuteronomy 30:9. Train your children (Proverbs 22:6) in the fear of the Lord; consistently pray for them covering all areas of their lives, and be available for them. Also, feed yourself with daily bread of God's word to arm yourself against worries. And God will perfect all that concerns your children - Psalm 138:8
Surely, you have so many reasons to have these daily worries but the truth is that you don't have to have them. It never solves any problem, do your best as a responsible and loving parent and leave God to perfect it all.
Ngozi Nwoke is a teacher, counselor, and author of "Peace Money Can't Buy" and "The Man Jesus". She has a passion to teach people how to enjoy peace, God's love, and Christian living for a more fulfilling life. Want a more fulfilling life? Subscribe for free email updates today. http://stepswithgod.com
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