Ephesians 6: 11 - 13 says, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
Did you know that there is a spiritual battle raging for your children’s hearts? As parents we cannot just sit back and hope that everything will turn out fine. We need to be proactive in fighting for the hearts of our children, because if we don’t, then someone else will. When we win their hearts, then they are open to our guidance and instruction which gives us the ability to speak into their lives - to teach our children about the truths that God is giving to us to share with them. We then have the opportunity to influence not just what they do, but who they are.
How do we fight for our kids’ hearts? We fight by listening. We listen to their words—the things they say and don’t say. We fight by paying attention. We pay attention to their likes, dislikes, embarrassments and hurts. We fight by being intentional. When you fight for your child’s heart, you prioritize your relationship with them. We also need to pray for wisdom daily and ask God to guide us and help us to do what we need to do in order to win and keep the hearts of our children.
So let’s fight together for the hearts of our children! Here is a Parent/Kid Adventure idea from The reThink Group, Inc to help you get started. Also, for some great articles about fighting for the heart of your child, check out The Parent Cue.