The day started like others before. Potty time. Breakfast time. Sweeping up Cheerios. Lots and lots of Cheerios.
TV watching, while laundry is folded. A quick look in the mirror and hair pulled back in a messy bun. Hurry up and change diapers and change clothes and chasing — down to put on socks and shoes.
Why do we need socks? Why do we have to wear shoes?
And after all the reasonable and rational responses about warmth and protection make no difference whatsoever, I hear myself say that phrase I’d never thought I’d hear myself say –
“Because I said so.”
Hold up. Stop. Right. There.
Those words echo in what’s left of my mommy mind.
And instead of feeling a little more credible, a little more wise — I feel lacking. So incredibly lacking.
I can only imagine the questions that will come with each year that passes. Those little ones and important ones, those I’ll have no clue how to address. Many of those.
And I wonder how much weight will my words carry though the crowds that try to tell them their worth, especially when they consider what is right and real and wrong. And I hope they will remember —
They are strong. They are smart. They are brave. They are loved.
And even when this world wants nothing more than to knock them down, I hope they will never lose hope. They will never lose joy. They will never lose their confidence in what they’ve been given and what glory awaits.
Not only because I said so, but because our God did.
He says — Stand.
Stand up, boys. Stand tall. I will, too.
You may question your purpose, your gifts, your today and your tomorrow. But never second-guess your value in the eyes of the Father who formed you in the womb.
Know big things, better things are coming. I’ve walked in the wilderness and in the river, washed clean, and I can tell you — it’s so true. I may not always or often have the right words to say, but listen to my heart anyway. Big things are coming. Better things.
Because I’ve been there. Because I said so.
Friends, we are promised attacks are on their way. We’ll feel them in our face and watch our children wonder and reach out for help, for answers. The best we can offer them is an example of obedience to the Father who loves us so much. His promises are what matters. He loves us — He told us so. As we respond to the questions that come upon us each day, let us seek His teaching first. He’ll always provide. Love you alll!
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:13-18