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Standing in the Gap

 by: Kimberly Chastain

Iím weary of saying No to my children. Not just the everyday Noís. Donít hit your brother and No, you cannot have 5 pieces of candy. I am weary of the No I am continually saying to our culture. The world is bound and determined to take away my childrenís innocence. They want my children to grow up way too fast. They want my little girl to dress like an adult. They want my little boy to know things he is way too young to know. Iím weary of saying you canít go to that movie, because it is not appropriate for your age. No, you canít wear what everyone else is wearing, because it is not appropriate. The straw that finally broke the camelís back was when my son walked in while I was watching the news. He asked me, ďMommy is it true that men can marry men and women can marry women?Ē ďMom, if two women marry can they have a baby?Ē My son is 6. I donít want to be discussing sexuality with him much less homosexuality. So, I told him that no men canít marry men and women canít marry women (for now anyway) and that women with women cannot have a baby. (Donít get me started on explaining how they can). I should not be having these discussions with my children, but Iím being forced too. What happened to childhood innocence?

As I was thinking about my weariness I remembered the song and verse in the Bible about Standing in the Gap. I also realized that God cares more for my children than I do. He is there to guide me and support my weariness. He knows there is sin in the world. God wants me to rest in him and seek his guidance in these difficult times. He wants me to say No and set moral limits based on Biblical standards that differ widely from the world. He expects me to raise children who respect God and obey his commands.

The problem with being weary is it is so easy to give in. I have been there and I would guess you have to. Oh, okay you can see that movie or maybe you can wear that shirt. You know ďEverybody else does.Ē Please hear me clearly there is a big difference between raising naive children and innocent children. I just want my children to grow up in a reasonable time frame. I want them to know what is appropriate for their age.

So, fellow Mom I ask that we stand together. That we stand in the gap for our children. That we constantly seek Godís guidance and protection for our children. We can grow weary, but we canít give up. Our children need us to show them the way. They need to see living up to Godís standards is very different than the worldís.

About The Author

© 2004 Kimberly Chastain

Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in helping Christian women make the most of their lives. She is the author of the on-line course, ďI Canít Say NoĒ and Pearls of Encouragement for Christian Working Moms, a free e-book. If you suffer from ďI Canít Say ĎNoĒ Syndrome, visit Kimberlyís site today for the details on an exciting email course thatís sure to set you free! http://www.christianworkingmom.com/online.htm.

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