How to Have Hope

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Ephesians 6:12

Nothing strikes fear in a mom’s heart more than seeing her child hurting. It doesn’t matter if her child is a newborn or a 50 year old man.

If my child hurts, my mother heart is breaking, too.

For many years we were foster parents to medically fragile children. I’ve taken in many broken, hurting kids. I’ve held children in my arms who had unspeakable horrors happen to them — things that should never happen to any adult, let alone to a child. I’ve tend to very sick babies, and babies withdrawing from the drug addiction of their mother’s pregnancy. I’ve cared for children living with the life-long effects of trauma.

If one of your children is hurting today, my heart hurts along with yours. I know this pain.

Two of our children have gone through an especially difficult time these last few months.

When I say we are praying for our son’s healing, I know this is for his mental health, but even more, I am praying for his spiritual well-being.

When I say we are in a battle to save our son’s life, the battle is not against flesh and blood, but it is a much more powerful spiritual battle.

God has amazing, incredibly plans for my children.

I know this absolutely must be so, because the enemy is fighting hard against our work to heal them.

However God intends to use their lives for good someday, it’s going to be big. It doesn’t matter if it’s big in a way many people see, or big in a way that touches only one other person’s soul. BIG in God’s economy is how He sees fit.

Satan is putting up a tremendous fight. We have a power in Christ Jesus that is so much stronger. The enemy will be defeated!

Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

1 John 3:8

When I get so, so tired, and this feels incredibly overwhelming, I remind myself what is happening beyond what I can see with my eyes. When I feel like my children are behaving against me at every turn, and the system is giving me no favors, I remember that we are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against the powers of darkness.

When it feels hopeless and exhausting, I turn to God’s Word where I am reminded that the battle has already been won, and we are victorious.

But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.

2 Thessalonians 3:3

Do not lose hope. The battle has already been won, and you are victorious.

Do you need a reminder of hope for a hurting child today? Leave a comment below and we will pray for you.

How to Have Hope When your Child is Hurting