• Karen M. Peeler

Busyness is a Bully!

As summer comes to a close and the rush of back to school hits our homes it can be easy to discard the disciplines of time with the Lord. The extra time with our children that summer affords quickly passes. Busyness bullies and shoves the door of life open intending to take over our time and push God out of first place. I want to challenge followers of Christ to stand determined to protect time in prayer all year not just during seasons of calm. Parents are extremely important to heaven. Your influence over the next generation releases strength and destiny when aligned with the Father.

God has given us the gift of guiding the next generation toward His son. Truthfully the most important focus we can dedicate our time to pursue is the presence of God. Without His hand upon life our steps are careless and complacent. If our children do not learn to lean into the Lord their entire life will be built on sinking sand.

God loves the family unit. He created Adam and Eve in the beginning to be in relationship with him and each other. They were blessed and sent forth to populate the earth. Not even sin could crush God’s design for their life. They remained in conversation with the Father and taught their children to do the same. God has made a way for us to be with him at every moment. His divine hand can be seen through the pages of time and his will is good for us. He sent his one and only son to be born into a family. Jesus had siblings and his earthly parents were devoted to scripture and teaching the importance of time devoted to God. Mary and Joseph celebrated the Jewish festivals and Jesus was found teaching in the temple. They sought God first and everything else was added. Their life was not perfect but Mary continued to follow the teachings of her son even after his death and resurrection. She had a passionate pursuit of the things of God (Acts 1:13).

I want to challenge you and myself; fight the earthly mindset seeking to steal your time in the secret place. Today as the hustle of back to school squeezes us and tries to hurry us along and away from the presence of God, protect time in prayer. Do not give into the common which heaven calls compromise. Model for your children the importance of prayer. Make it a priority in your home.

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (Eph. 6:18)

While your children are eating breakfast play an audio version of the bible. Worship on the way to school. Pray with them before they leave your car. Tuck scripture in their backpack and lunchbox to remind them of the beauty of God. Make serving Christ the cornerstone of your life. Listen to your children as they return from school and teach them to take their trials to the Lord. Allow your devotion to eternal treasures outshine the ways of the world.

We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. (2 Cor. 4:7)

When we teach our children to be the light by example there is no darkness powerful enough to extinguish the purpose God has placed on their life. Satan cannot blow out their light when it is part of who they are. He can only have access if we carry it instead of becoming it! His wind cannot push past the Holy Spirit protecting within. Empower your children to be the light and stand in dark places. And when we stand alongside our family and experience the power of God in daily life, He becomes the focus not the counterfeit nightlight of the world

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5)

Satan cannot destroy the next generation of intercessors unless we turn away from God in daily life. Alone Satan is powerless to remove God’s city shining bright for the entire world to see. It is only when we place the ways of the world above the worship of the King that Satan begins to pry open the door and plant seeds of destruction in our home.

We can weave the word of God and prayer into daily life and share it with our children. There is no other treasure trustworthy enough to sustain them through the trials of life, except the one leading them to the foot of the cross. Back to school is part of everyday life but it does not have to be the driving force of our home. Matthew 6:33 will be our song; “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

Prayer Starter: Dear God we are preparing for the pressure waiting to tempt us within the world today. Your presence prepares us for all things. Your word shields us and builds us strong and courageous. We will not bend and we will not bow to the casual compromise knocking on the door of life. We will seek you first in thought word and deed. We decree and declare your purpose over our life and the life of those we influence. Through our surrender we stand upon your word and promise not the waste and worries of the world. God we know you are fighting for us not against us. Your will is for all to be saved and none to perish. Through this promise we can walk confidently in the world as your light pushing back the darkness. We are designed to overcome the world not surrender to its ways. God we ask that you breathe your destiny over our family today. Give us wisdom and clarity as we interact we lead our children by example closer to you. Extend your grace and mercy into our schools and draw all men unto you as we intentionally and faithfully lift you up for all to see.

"For all of God's promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding "Yes!" And through Christ, our "Amen" (which means "Yes") ascends to God for his glory.: (2 Cor. 1:20)

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