Jesus Christ gave us the precious gift of eternal life, but also the gift of the Holy Spirit. John 14:16 (AMP) says, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever. “
Knowing this gives me hope as a wife and mommy, and I hope you feel the same way!
I know I need a Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby! As a new mom, I find that I struggle with trust issues when leaving my child in someone else’s care other than my own Momma’s (yes, “momma” with an “a”). There’s nothing like having your Momma or someone you trust to call on to keep your child.
I cried the first day of daycare when we dropped off our oldest, Roman. I was devastated. I feared that I was abandoning him and that the caretakers would not know how to address his needs (as only I know how). On top of this fear, Roman cried for 3 months (and so did I) when he was dropped off. I would call the daycare to check-in and even paid extra money to watch him online.
This fear and worry could have been easily avoided had I pursued Christ and asked for His guidance and assurance that only the Holy Spirit can offer. It’s easier said than done, but I should have known better to first trust in the Lord and rely on the Holy Spirit to provide me with complete peace of mind instead of my own self-righteousness.
Some of you have children in daycare or under the care of a nanny, while many of you have children in school. I encourage you to say a prayer of protection over them each day and to ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you and through you concerning the welfare of your child.
My prayer for my child each day before we leave home is, “Lord, protect my child from the top of their head to the soles of their itty bitty fee. Encamp your angels around them, and keep them from hurt, harm, and danger. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” This prayer gives me assurance that my child is in good hands.
As believers, the Holy Spirit is our right-hand man! We must rely on Him AND heed the prompting that he provides. Some people call it “that still small voice.” When you have an uneasy feeling or an urge about a situation concerning your child, you need to act on it. Perhaps start with a simple prayer, “Lord, speak to me.” Sometimes that is the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
I’m guilty of not praying first and seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Just recently, Roman and Noa came down with a cold and something icky. Instead of me just waiting it out, I immediately took them to urgent care (insert the emoji for “I didn’t say a prayer of healing nor asked for the Holy Spirit for guidance). Two co-pays later, I realized that I acted on a whim instead of the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Let me be clear, I am not saying, you should ignore your child’s well-being, but my situation didn’t warrant a trip to the urgent care. The kids were diagnosed with (wait for it)… the common cold.
Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby. This is what we need as wives and mothers!
Encourage others and yourself that it is okay to feel lost, because you know a Counselor; it’s okay to feel helpless, because you know a Helper; it’s okay to not know what to pray for, because you know an Intercessor; it’s okay to not have the fight in you, because you know an Advocate; it’s okay to be weak and vulnerable, because you know a Strengthener; and it’s okay not to have options or a backup plan, because you know a Standby!
Let’s depend on the Holy Spirit to be ALL of these things before anything else, now and FOREVER!