I asked my 14 year old daughter, Hannah, what she thought kids today needed from their Frontline Moms. After we talked about the heart cries she hears from teens all around her, Hannah expressed her thoughts in this poem:
The images the world shows
Tear you apart
You feel as if you don’t measure up
You are never enough
You want to be something you are not
You desire to perform above your ability
You long to measure up to their standards
You just want something solid
You need someone
Someone who loves you enough to fight
Someone who won’t let you hide
who won’t let you run
won’t let you turn
You are hurting and desperate
You are torn and confused
You don’t know the truth
You can’t see the light
The world has given up on you
They have deserted and left you
They have forgotten and forsaken
Abandoned and discarded
You want someone to stop it
Someone who won’t allow this to happen
Someone who has not forgotten
You feel boxed in and pressured
You feel as if all is gone
You feel hopeless and distraught
You are waiting for someone who
Won’t give up
Won’t give in
Who will not yield to the pressures
Will not fall in the battle
You are waiting for someone
who loves you enough to fight
Fight to the end
Fight to the death
Fight for the victory
Someone who’s love is enough
You’re waiting for your frontline mom
~Hannah R. Cherry~ 7-14-10
Wow, those words penetrated my heart! I could see afresh just how much she needs me. She captured some of the pressures I see over and over in my kids’ lives as they become caught in the mind web of what the world says is success: physical beauty, popularity, electronic gadgets, thinness, etc. We stand by trying to tell them the true way to God's success. Sometimes I feel so inadequate to help them. And yet they need me to be the anchor in the midst of their storm.
I had one of those experiences just the other day. I saw the heart of one of my teens tip open to me, and suddenly I was face to face with a stream of tears. It was one of those sacred parenting moments that I have learned to treasure. I quickly adjusted my plans. Sit still, Lisa. Cancel your next hour’s appointments. Look into those eyes. Wait. Listen with your heart. And pray. Pray that God will pour His revelation and wisdom into your mind NOW!
And He did! When we walked out of that room, I think we both knew we had been in the Father's presence, as He helped us, healed us, and prepared us for another day of the battle.
My fellow Frontline Mom, ask the Father today for those precious glimpses into your kids' hearts. There are new triumphs ahead in your Christian parenting journey. Let’s learn to ask, and to recognize those moments when they come!
Lord, we need Your help to be the Mom in these difficult hours. Teach us Your ways. Open our hearts to hear our kids as never before. Prepare us for battle. And deliver us from evil. AMEN.
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