For nine long months, I was blessed to watch in amazement as my youngest daughter grew a tiny human in her belly.  After watching this precious little girl fight her way into the world, I find that I am already fiercely protective of my granddaughter – as I was with all my children. That “mother bear” protective instinct we women possess must surely begin with conception. It’s only natural since the odds of everything syncing up in perfect harmony in order to create life are nothing short of miraculous!

Even once conception takes place, there are about a bazillion things that can go wrong in utero and then again during the actual birth process … and the first few hours … weeks … months and years of life. There are in fact, so many disasters that can occur in this life, it’s a wonder ANY of us survive without being institutionalized from a constant state of panic.  Those Facebook horror stories about all the tragedies that can befall our babies, toddlers, teenagers, grown children, loved ones, etc.  designed to install chronic worry in us are doing their job. After all, the Internet -- the source of all wisdom and knowledge -- doesn’t lie! Or does it?

In truth, there ARE a bevy of things to worry about from the moment we know we’re going to become parents or grandparents. But worry and fear, are in fact, counterproductive to faith and serve no purpose other than robbing us of the peace that passes all understanding.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.(Hebrews 11:1 NIV)

Giving in to fear and worry is the complete opposite of faith – yet so many of us have a hard time relinquishing control of our children, our family, ourselves and our lives completely over to Jesus.

The illusion we harbor believing WE are in control of our lives is just that … an illusion. God was, is and always shall be the One in control of this life. Simply stated, when we choose to live driven by fear or worry, we are living in sin … and it’s a colossal waste of time.

Each time I’m tempted to worry or fret over my children or grandchildren, I focus on Scriptures that remind me that God knit my children together in my womb (Psalm 139:13); and that God has a good plan for my children to give them hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11); and God did not give us [ME] a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Are YOU worrying overly much about your children or grandchildren?  Instead of worrying – give your worries to God and chew on the nourishment of Scripture that feeds your soul instead of fueling your fears.

 for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”  (1 Corinthians 10:26 NIV)

Kathy Kurlin