My name is Antoinette Nnadi and this is my new support blog for parents raising children in a Christian family. I am the mother of five children: Nkechi - 31 years old; Chidi - 11 years old, Chi-Chi - 10 years old, Kodi - 8 years old and Chima - 6 years old. The purpose of this blog is to share my real stories of spiritual battles as a parent including my victories and my losses.
My hope is to encourage you, as a Christian parent, to take up the whole armor of God, that we may be able to withstand in this evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Proverbs 22:6 NKJV says, "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
This scripture, which is known very well by every Christian parent, on the surface seems so easy. Just teach your children to know and live the Bible, make good choices and stay away from trouble. Then, they will become mature adults who stay on track for their entire lives.
Although this may be our hope, raising Christian children is difficult. There is a constant spiritual battle for their lives and for our faith. Ephesians 6:12 NKJV says: For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
In every place our children go, there is a demonic strategy to expose them to evil spirits, disguised as friends and fun. These evils spirits are waiting for the opportunity to be invited by our children to be a part of their lives. Once invited, they attach themselves, follow our children around and meticulously work to uproot their Christian faith and destroy their lives.
This week, I was having a conversation with my 10 year old son Chidi. He is going to 7th grade this year. In my mind, I was teaching him, in advance, about some of the behaviors of middle school boys that he might experience, when he returned to school this year, including being pressured to have sex and being called gay because of not doing what others wanted him to do.
I was telling him how important it was for him to be strong and stand up for his Christian faith. As I was talking, he responds, "Mom, that already happened in 5th grade. Someone called me gay because of something I refused to do with the other boys. Plus, there was a friend of mine who was already telling me about sex."
Wow! So, this conversation was two years too late! So, for two years, I was unaware of the thoughts, and possibly unknown actions, that my son was engaged in because of friends in 5th grade who got to him first!
So, what do I do now?
#1 - Continue to trust and believe God for keeping his promises when we pray according to His Word.
Ezekiel 12:28 Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “None of My words will be postponed any more, but the word which I speak will be done,” says the Lord God.’ ”
#2 - Keep talking to Chidi. The more I talk, the more I'll learn.
Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
#3 - Keep praying.
James 5:16 The effective fervent prayer of a righteous main avails much.
That's my first story. Many more to come. :)