Sometimes the hardest part about being a wife and mother is watching your loved ones experience emotional pain and insecurities during a tough season of life. When your loved ones are hurting, you may begin to feel their pain. Yes, people that know and love Christ struggle. It’s not because they are evil or wicked. It’s because they are human and flawed just like everyone else.
Even as believers, you can get weighed down by everything that is going on around you. You may lose focus on the only thing that has every answer we need in life. Not out of disrespect towards God. Simply because life happens.
So when you see your loved one struggling with depression, fear, and anxiety, it can break your heart. You may feel helpless because you want to fix the problem for them.
Yes, there are times you can swoop in and provide a swift solution to their problem. But, there are times when it is completely out of your control.
But all hope is not lost. You are connected to God. As long as you place your hope in Christ, you will always have the victory. Even for your family members.
So what can you do? Here are 4 things you can do when your loved ones are hurting.
- Realize you are not fighting against flesh and blood. (Ephesians 6:12-13) This is a spiritual battle. The enemy does not want your husband to be the man of God he was created to be. He doesn’t want your children to walk in their purpose. So he is attacking them, distracting them, and doing his best to pull them from Christ. When your loved ones are wavering, you must see the enemy for who he is and declare war against him. Not your husband and children. Pray against every attack and assignment he has thrown at your family. He will never win because God has anointed you to intercede for them. Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)
- Use the word of God as your weapon. (Hebrews 4:12) Identify at least 5 scriptures in God’s word that deals with whatever they are struggling with. Write the scriptures out on index cards and post them every place your loved one will see them. Bathroom mirror, refrigerators, the dashboard in their car. Everywhere! Encourage them to read the scripture whenever they see them.
- Speak life into them. (Proverbs 18:21 ) Use your power. Do not just sit on the sidelines and allow the enemy to torment the gifts God has blessed you with. You have the power to speak life into them. Don’t use your words to remind them of how broken they are. Be mindful and very careful with the words you use when addressing your loved ones. Don’t tear them down by reminding them of how they have fallen short. Believe that every single word you speak WILL manifest in their life. Tell them how they are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14-16. Tell them they are victorious and God has a divine plan for their life. And, most importantly, tell them how much you love them and you support them during this season.
- Connect them with other believers that can support them during this season and continually point them back to God. (Proverbs 13:20) People were created to do life together. They need family and friends that will be and understanding friend and remind them who they are in Christ. Plan a couples game night where your husband can connect with other men that love God and lead their families well. Get your child involved in activities that allow them to engage with teenagers that are on fire for God. Who they surround themself with will become a reflection of who they are.
Your hands are not tied. You have options and powerful ways to help your family get the breakthrough they need. Seek God for clarity and wisdom regarding how you can make the best impact in their lives. Be encouraged. You are stronger than you think you are.
Fight for your family!
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