No really, now it is germs, aloneness, darkness, and a myriad of things that can send our little girl into the downward spiral of fear. This morning it was the fact that her water bottle fell onto the floor in the garage and she was overcome with the fear that it had somehow came into contact with ‘rat pooh’ (which we’ve never had evidence of such a creature in our garage) and was contaminated and undrinkable.
This issue of fear has been a real struggle for our family over the past two years. It’s caused us to pause and really ponder what we did wrong and which parent passed the phobia gene down. After we finished with the selfish questions we went to the more likely scenario of why is the enemy attacking our daughter and how are we going to combat him?
My good friend Cindi handed me a book in early 2007 (I know the dates because I labeled the pages on the days that I found some particular insight that was helpful to me or a prayer that I prayed for our little one.) The book is well known amongst Christian moms and is called The Power of a Praying Parent. Stormie Omartian rocks! She takes numerous topics and wraps God’s Word around them, equipping the reader with a Prayer and Weapons of Warfare (scripture).
One particular chapter spoke directly to me this morning… Receiving a Sound Mind. The scripture is from 2 Timothy 1:7. ‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” I claim this for my daughter. Further more, my desire is that she commits this scripture to memory. Moreover, I’m thrilled that I have vinyl wall scripture with this verse that is going into her bedroom!
You know, we equip kids on how to organize their binders, fix their breakfast, dress appropriately, pick the right classes for high school, and ultimately get into college, but how often do we equip them with scripture for the journey of a day?