Our kids like the good guys – those good ol’ superheroes. From TMNT to Iron Man. They sometimes make up there own of which I can’t even recall their names or want to. They’ve been infatuated with flatulents lately, so yea… just imagine. I find it funny that their favorite superheroes today were once favorites of years past. It seems to be the season of superheroes. Well, for some.
It’s definitely a different season in our family, one that’s been prone to bring out the superwoman in me. The kids are growing. Conversations are getting deeper. Personal dreams and ideas are coming to life yet requiring some serious WORK and minimal sleep. Just ALOT. SO much has changed – good and sad – but walking with God along the way has proven to be so spiritually rewarding while strengthening our faith.
Our kids have had to adjust to the changes too, of which I was initially concerned. Relationships & their proximity have changed. New, little friends have appeared. Our schedule has shifted. A new normal now exist with yet even newer changes coming. I have been pleading at every turn for 1) them to gracefully transition through what they don’t know or understand and 2) God to not make my heart or their hearts fearful or anxious but persevering and intentional. I think I’m good at handling my own transition and such, but when it comes to me and my boo AND our babies in the midst of a life change, weeeeell… my superwoman powers begin to wane.
So I dropped the cape and prayed. Time is showing me just how grateful I am for God answering my prayers (His way, of course).
Despite my concerns, the boys have been talkative about their new friends, activities, conversations, things learned and even hard moments & opportunities when they did right (and SO wrong! They’re sinners too in need of Jesus… and a parent’s training!) Everything isn’t perfect, but it IS perfecting of my faith and theirs in God. It’s been showing us how He rewards those who diligently seek Him. Who submit and obey Him. We’ve seen how great of a shepherd God really is in leading us when we follow Him.
I want to encourage you superdads and supermoms – dare to go over the cliff and trust God when He says fly with your family. You may initially activate your superpower of mental manipulation of facts (what? how? when?) or super speed skills so you can run in the opposite direction (like Jonah) or even build a force field around you so you can stay put/not move at all. If you do these things, your heart will only grow weary and your powers wane. Don’t be weakened by doubt, fear or disobedience. Fully seek the source of your strength – GOD – and allow Him to empower you, even if that means stopping to deal with the defects in your heart and mind.
“God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.” Habakkuk 3:19
This journey won’t be just about you but about what God needs to do with your children/arrows. Just imagine what they will see & learn by watching you pray and then make a decision based on God’s Word & Spirit. They may see or hear your tears. Your emotional outbursts or breakdowns. Then, prayerfully, your submission as you follow Christ. They will see in your weakness the strength of a strong and mighty God who is more powerful than us, our abilities, and thoughts… any superpower we could ever attempt to use. In doing that, you will have aimed your arrows, not towards you and your superhero-abilities, but towards God’s great and powerful arms that, through Christ Jesus, saves not only the day but also our souls.
Besides… what kid WOULDN’T want to be on THE best superhero’s team?!? Ultimate Warrior 😉
“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”1 Corinthians 1:25
“May we lay down our strength today to experience the One greater than ours.” Hubby