Mama Bear

When Your Child is Facing Rejection

Rejection is plain awful and it comes with an arsenal of emotions. It can leave one feeling cast aside, discarded, dumped, forgotten, forsaken, lonely, desolate and comfortless, the list is heartbreaking and long.

Most of us have felt rejected at some point in our lives, and to watch your child walk through it can be just as painful. You know those moments, they are swinging alone on the play ground while the other kids play, sitting home on a Friday night when everyone else is invited to the party, or they come home crying from school because no one talks to them.

The worst rejection of all is when it comes from someone they love, be it a parent, grandparent, brother or sister, boyfriend or girlfriend. Rejection whittles away at the confidence of even the most confident. Nothing riles up a Mama Bear more than seeing others reject the cub she loves.

There may be a season in your child’s life when Jesus is their only friend, but what a friend He is. The thing about Jesus is He knows the pain of being utterly rejected by those He loved, served and came to save. He was rejected by His family, friends, community and He even felt rejected by His Father. In the darkness of rejection, take your child’s hand and purpose to lead them to Jesus.

We find Peter encouraging Christ followers to face rejection as Jesus would. Peter had seen the character of Jesus first hand, and this verse shows a beautiful picture of how Jesus resisted the temptation to lash out, not an easy thing to do. As Jesus followers we and our children are called to this standard as well, and it is necessary to step up if we want to see the character of Jesus grow within them and within ourselves.

Mama Bears Lead By Example

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When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

1 Peter 2: 23

When they hurled, threw or flung without care

Their insults, verbal abuse, or slander at him,

He (Jesus) did not retaliate, return or seek revenge

When He suffered, endured and agonized

He made no threats, inflicted no pain

Instead, in place of, rather than

He entrusted, committed, put himself in to the care of

Him (God the Father) who judges justly, honestly and fairly.

Praying for Your Child With

Rejection can make a Mama feel powerless, and everything within you will want to retaliate, threaten and do some yelling. We cannot change how other people treat our child, but God can. He will hear and move powerfully as we pray. You can count on it!

A Prayer for Your Child

Father, I ask that when ___________ has insults hurled at him/her, that ____________ will not retaliate. You see ___________ suffering in all of this, help him/her to make no threats to others. Instead, help __________ to entrust himself/herself to You, resting in the truth that You, Lord will judge justly, honestly and fairly. Amen

A Prayer for you Mama Bear

Father, I pray over this Mama Bear, that you will help her to set a Godly example before her children. When insults are hurled at her child, give her wisdom to not retaliate. Remind her that You too, see her child’s suffering, help her to make no threats to others. Instead, teach her to entrust her child to You, resting in the truth that You Lord, are a just Judge. Amen

Love,

Mama Bear

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When Your Child Is Struggling to Believe

As we step into this Holy Week, a week of remembering all that our Savior, Jesus endured for us, my greatest hope is that my children have a firm belief in Jesus and His sacrificial gift of salvation for them.

To believe in something is to accept something as true, to feel sure of something or to have faith, but not all of us praying Mama Bears have children who have chosen to believe by faith that Jesus is their Savior, yet.

They may be very young and have not made a choice at all,  maybe they once believed and have now chosen not to, or have completely rejected the idea of Jesus as their Savior.  Don’t grow weary dear Mama, yet, may be just around the corner.

Nothing breaks a Mama Bear’s heart more, and it can feel like we have been waiting and praying forever.  The truth is, just as we by faith chose Jesus, so must they.  As much as we would like to choose for them, I see all of you mama bears nodding your heads,  sadly as much as we want to we cannot.  The choice to believe is theirs alone.

Do not fret Mama Bear, at times it may not feel like it, but we have the greatest influence in our children’s lives .  Our children big and small are watching us all of the time.  We must purpose to reflect our belief in Jesus, in our attitudes, our words, how we live and  how we pray.

Let’s take a look in to a man that many would have thought was a hopeless case, a guy who would have never accepted Jesus.

Paul not only started out as an unbeliever, he hunted down followers of Jesus and killed them.  Even so, Jesus loved Paul too much to let him go on in life without Him.  Jesus planned an encounter with Paul and Paul was never the same again.

If you are a Mama Bear and your child seems far from Jesus, maybe not in the Paul category, but still far, far away.  Find comfort in this, Jesus loves your Baby Bear far too much to let he or she go on without Him,  He is planning an encounter.  

After Paul’s encounter with Jesus, he became a passionate Jesus Follower and these were his words to people who were struggling to believe.

If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 

Romans 10: 9-10

If you confess, declare, acknowledge with your mouth the Lord Jesus 

And believe, accept as true, feel sure about,

have confidence in your heart, your soul, the central part of who you are 

That God has raised, lifted out, pulled up Jesus from the dead

You will be saved, freed, released, rescued 

For with the heart, 

one believes, affirms, concludes and trusts

Is made right by justice through Jesus 

And with your mouth confess, declare your faith, you are saved

 

Praying for Your Child With

Let us pray with a renewed power, passion and purpose the words of Paul, a passionate Jesus follower,  over unbelieving children today.

 

Father, I ask that _______ confess with his/her mouth and believe in his/her heart that God raised Jesus from the dead.  May  ______ be reminded today that Jesus has saved, freed and rescued him/her.  When __________ believes this with his/her heart he/she will be made right through the justice of Jesus and if _________will confess and declare his/her faith in Jesus,  ___________ will know His salvation.  Amen 

A prayer for you, Mama Bear 

Lord , I pray over this Mama Bear, that she confess with her mouth and believe in her heart that God raised Jesus from the dead.  That she will be reminded today that Jesus has saved, freed and rescued her, that she will believe and trust in her heart that she has been made right through the justice of Jesus.  I ask that she take every opportunity with her children to declare her faith in Jesus, that she and her family will know His salvation.  Amen 

Love,

Mama Bear