Updated: Aug 28
“It’s not even getting to 90 degrees today! Let’s go to the zoo!”
This is the kind of crazy thinking that comes from living in Texas. *Spoiler. 88 in Houston humidity is still dreadfully hot.
Like many parent experiences, we were on phase four of a family outing.
This will be so fun!
Why in the world did we spend money to do this?
How do we get through this in one piece.
Look at these pictures! This was the best! When can we do this again?
So, In scrolling through our last visit I found this picture and it stopped me in my tracks. (Stick with me…I’m going somewhere)
Look at this Alligator STARING my one year old princess down. 😳
There are a million sermons in this one picture but I heard the Holy Spirit whisper, “do you trust plexiglass more than Me?”
At the time of this photo, I was not giving it a sweat-dripping second’s thought if my daughter was in danger. I was in fact mindlessly taking pictures and videos of her saying “crocodile!” while my 3 year old continued to correct her with “Alligator”.
And that’s when it hit me. If I can trust my daughter to be protected from a physical enemy with a little piece of plexiglass, how much more can I trust the protection of the Lord over her life?
And that’s when I got feisty, and where I implore you to join my faith.
With my family, my friends, my future, God has provided a promise of protection through His blood, and I have to choose to believe. Either I do or I don’t. It really is that simple.
Take this alligator imagery and name it whatever has been staring at you or your child. “Sickness” “Lust” “Entitlement” “Violence” “Fear”. Then pray with that in mind. “Enemy you may be real but you will not touch my child. The blood of Jesus is a barrier we have as a covenant family with God.”
I know kids especially can be a hard place of faith for us. I get it, people are crazy, the enemy is screaming, and in our emotionally exhausted culture we are living in, people are living in panic instead of peace. But my encouragement to us all, The goodness of God can be trusted. We don’t always understand how His hands work, but we can settle in our hearts that His heart is good.
Friends, If we can trust in car seats and metal detectors and locks on doors and passwords on technology…. How much more can we trust in God. Obviously all of those things are helpful and good! What a blessing! But when it boils down to it, where is our faith? Is it in man or God.
I want to remind you right now: God is big enough to protect from lions, rescue from fire, save from storms, and surround with refuge.
This is where I am personally: I cannot control every outcome. But I can control where I place my trust, and I’m going with God. I REFUSE to let the enemy place any drop of doubt in my mind. Who is with me?
If you are wanting a place to start, this is a great passage to read, pray and declare over your family.
Perhaps even write one or two verses out for your child’s backpack, your family car glove department, or phone screensaver.
1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.
8 Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.
9 If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”
We Come In The Name of The Lord,
***Don’t forget…the Cirkles are cheering you on!