31 Ways to Raise ‘Em Right: Go To The Mattresses

GO TO THE MATTRESSES! So many wise peopimage-1-2le have given me this advice: The Godfather, Tom Hanks, and inadvertently Meg Ryan. It’s solid advice.


So how can we apply this to #momlife? We read our Bible.

We can’t fight an enemy who knows more scripture than us. And believe me when I say our children are the fight of our lives–second only after our marriages. It’s the hardest, longest, most exhausting war the enemy will bring to your door.

“It’s not personal; it’s business. Recite that to yourself every time you feel like you are losing your nerve.” Joe Fox

On top of our own insecurities as mothers, we get to be heartbroken over our children’s insecurities. We hurt right beside them.

“So, good night dear void.” Kathleen Kelly

Along with our own stresses, we get to help our teens navigate hectic schedules and breakdowns in their friendships.

“He stood you up?!” Birdie

The devil speaks to our kids. Are they ready to deal with that? Are you? I know it’s a constant war in my mind to choose to believe what God says about me. When we go to the mattresses, we go to the Bible. We read and memorize scripture.

Scriptures that encourage our kids when they face dry seasons: Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! Ezekiel 37:4

Words that help them be a good friend: Understand this my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry…get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts. James 1:19,20

When they face hardships because of their faith: Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So thsomeey slander you. But remember that they will have to face God, who stands ready to judge everyone, both the living and the dead. 1 Peter 4:4

“This place is a tomb! I’m going to the nut shop where it’s fun.” George

And when they face teachers and pastors and coaches with the temptation not to submit to that authority: You who are younger must accept authority of the elders. 1 Peter 5:5

These are just a small handful of the weapons we have at our disposal. Don’t make this complicated. Find a scripture that resonates with you, your kiddo, your family and start praying it. In the car. Out loud. Be as relentless as a toddler who wants goldfish crackers. Those kids never quit!! Seriously. never.

Watch the difference. Feel the difference in your heart, home, and family. When you pray these words you are standing on your legacy. You remember what your knees are for and who built your foundation. You got this. I believe in you.

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See you tomorrow,