Today was a hard day! Hard day’s come and go for us all especially in the years of parenting. While parenting seems to be one of the hardest things I have ever done, it still remains one of the most rewarding of all the adventures we have set our feet to so far!!! Watching your children grow is a fun and exhausting whirlwind of emotions and sleepless nights. But releasing your child, that feeling contains no words that can compare to the on onslaught of what if’s and anxiety that follow.
On these days especially, I am often inspired and encouraged by reading about other mothers in the bible. While their are so many other places to get inspiration from in a culture inundated with information and peoples opinions, no truth is like the Lord’s truth!
There is one mother in the bible who had quite the parenting challenge set before her. Her name was Jochebed and she was Moses’s mother. From Moses’s very first days his mother saw that he was a “goodly child”. Not merely beautiful but favored by God. I know most of us know the story of Moses, but lets stop here and take a minute to read Exodus chapter 2:1-10.https://www.biblestudytools.com/exodus/2.html
Now that you have had a chance to look into the bible and see what God was doing in the life of this mother, let’s just take a minute and put ourselves in this mothers’ shoes. Imagine the joy and expectation of pregnancy only to be followed with fear and anxiety of Pharaohs verdict to have all Hebrew male babies murdered. Oh, the anxiety she must have endured during her pregnancy!
Yet Moses arrived anyways, as babies ten to do. After his arrival it did not take long for them to notice that there was something different about Moses, something special. It’s as if the Holy Spirit whispered in their ear’s deliverer.
This makes me think of my own children and how I can just sense certain callings on their lives. I can’t see the full picture, but I know something is there. Many times, in the bible God gives early convictions of those whom are designed to do great things. I love that he trusts us as parents and even leaders with those convictions, to speak life, and truth over them. That has been one of the greatest joys of my life, allowing God to show me things about my children and me speaking into those things and empowering them to move toward what God is calling them into.
Can you fathom how overwhelming and scary it must have been for Moses’s mother to know that God had a plan for him, and that it would require her to step out and trust God with that plan despite the odds? She hid Moses by faith for three months awaiting God’s promise for Israel’s preservation. She did this despite the risk of impending death for them all. Finally, time had run out and God prompted her that it was time to let go.
There is no doubt in my mind that Jochebed had no earthly idea what was going to happen to her baby. I’m sure she was tormented by the what if’s and the unknown’s, yet she released him anyways. She released him anyway! Let us just take a minute to really soak that in. She released her son into a river on a handmade raft to float directly into the enemies hands. How many hours have we as parents spent going over the what if’s in our children’s lives? What if my child gets bullied at school, what if they don’t make the team, what if they do drugs, what if they get pregnant, and the ultimate scary thought, what if they walk away from God.
I cannot tell you the countless hours I have wasted going over the what ifs. We can choose to continue down this path of dread filled with the enemies lies and accusations, or we can release them and trust that the plan that God has for them will come to pass. Jeremiah 29:11 says “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
I have no doubt that Jochebed was scared, but she trusted God to do what He said he would do. She released Moses into the hands of what seemed like the enemy only for God to give him right back to her. Get that please!! When she released Moses to the Lord, He returned him back into her hands. All God want’s is for us to trust Him with the most precious and valuable pieces in our life. Abraham also had to release his son Issac. The child that he waited 25 years for. He released him in faith believing that God would provide a sacrifice. You see we serve a big God with a big plan and His promises are Yes, and Amen!!
Do not let the enemy fill your heart so full of fear and doubt that you cannot see through the fog to declare His promises over your family. You have a purpose, you have been given a calling, and that is to declare the promises of God over your children. My kids are highly favored, they will live under a heavy anointing, and they will serve God all the days of their lives and live to declare His works!
I challenge you to take some time to find the promises in scripture to declare over your children.Write them on your heart.
>Write them on the wall’s and stick them to the mirror.
>Declare them on the good days, and the bad days.
Yes, there will be bad days, so just declare them louder on those days! Do whatever you must do to remind yourself that it’s okay to release your child to Him, their Creator, and the only one who loves them more then you do. Spend time with Him today and let him speak to you about all that He has planned for your children’s future.