Marge Simpson, of the cartoon The Simpsons, often reads Fretful Mother Magazine. Any episode with the magazine is likely to get a laugh of recognition from parents—who among us does not have fears when it comes to our children? But while a little bit of worrying is normal and serves to protect our children (“Ethan, come down from the roof right now”) too much fear can be a symptom of not enough faith.
Kristin Armstrong, in Heart of my Heart (FaithWords) puts it this way: “Fear traps us and cajoles us into playing small. It whispers to us that we can’t, we aren’t enough and it’s not possible. It’s the voice of the enemy, wanting to ensure that God’s people are held back. Do you know that the voice of fear is never from God? He speaks words of power and healing and love over us.”
Our worries and fears we hold for our children should not become so large that they eclipse where God may be leading our family. We need to learn to differentiate between the feeling of fear that leads to a legitimate need to protect, and the feeling of fear that is unreasonable and serves to unnecessarily keep our children on the sidelines.
By Annemarie Scobey, from the pages of At Home with Our Faith, Claretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home. Winner of the Best in Class award in 2014 from the Associated Church Press, as well as a First Place General Excellence award from the Catholic Press Association for four years running. Here’s a sample issue.
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