Maybe you’ve experienced some setbacks, allowing disillusionment to get the best of you.Proverbs 13:12 says that “hope deferred makes the heart sick.” Sigh. However, the second part of that verse says, “But a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” God wants you to experience the fulfillment of your longings for your children, but first you must choose to shift gears from cruiser to conqueror! 

Be sure of this: anything you want, you’re gonna have to fight for. You must contend for the dreams God’s given you. You long for a strong marriage? Great kids? Homeschooling success? Peace of mind? These victories won’t come without vigilance. You’ve got to “wake up with the gloves on” every single day, if you intend to win.

War must become a way of life for those who desire to conquer. Even our Bibles are books of war from front to back. In Joshua 1, the Lord presents some wonderful promises to Joshua, but He doesn’t say they will come easily. He indicates that there will be a struggle. He repeatedly commands Joshua to “be strong and courageous!” along the way. 

In the New Testament, war metaphors abound. Ephesians 6:11 commands us to “put on the whole armor of God,”1 Timothy 6:12 exhorts us to “fight the good fight!” and1 Peter 5:8 warns us, “Your adversary the devil . . . walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

Weapons come in many forms. Ponder for a moment what stymies your momentum, robs your joy, and saps your strength. There you have it—the perfect weapon pitted against you. How will you respond when those fiery darts are sent your way (Ephesians 6:16)? Your dogged determination alone can’t nullify their impact, but you have been given an arsenal to fight with. 2 Corinthians 10:4 clearly tells us that “our weapons are not carnal, but . . . [they are] mighty through God.”

Will you pray (James 5:16), praise (Psalms 149:6), profess (Hebrews 13:15), pursue (Psalms 18:37), and stand (Ephesians 6:14), or will you doubt (James 1:6), complain (Numbers 11:1), grumble (1 Corinthians 10:10), and give up (Galatians 6:9) in dismay? 

We must humbly acknowledge that “the battle is the Lord’s” according to 1 Samuel 17:47, and yet, we must fully engage. We as parents must never resign ourselves to giving up. We must never throw in the towel by displaying helpless inactivity on our battlefields. We must possess a will to war.

Let’s not be found sleeping on our watch.

Denise Mira, author of No Ordinary Child: Unlocking the Leader Within Your Child, has been married to Gregory for thirty-one years. They are the parents of five sons. Denise has traveled extensively, both nationally and internationally, inspiring change as she shares the message God has given her for families. She would love to have you visit her blog and can be reached at contact@denisemira.com. Find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter!

Publication date: July 30, 2012