Being a parent is tough.

We often think that the battle of protecting and hiding our children happens right around those rebellious pre-teen years, but let me assure you it starts long before then. From the moment your child was conceived, their purpose cried out to spiritual realms. Both Heaven and Hell were made aware of the soul your family was bringing into the world, and the fight began.

Satan has no moral compass. He does not give your child a free pass because he or she is in elementary school. He has his sight set, and it is imperative that we get on the forefront in the lives of our children. We do this by providing them a safe haven, a hiding place in our homes.

When you tuck in that little man dressed in his fire engine pj’s, or kiss your sweet princess and hand her that beloved stuffed animal, remember this: you never know where they will one day end up. Maybe the Oval Office, the Academy Awards or the Super Bowl. And you, YOU have been hand picked to shepherd them.

In a world that is trying to corrupt them with lies and temptations, it is our job to shield them, to hide them in a safe environment and to be the filter through which they learn things. We’re here to give them roots. Like a seedling in a greenhouse, we’re not keeping them from the inevitable; we’re preparing them to thrive!

Shielding our children can be exhausting. Most of the time it is an against-the-current swim, an uphill climb without much immediate reward. It’s easy to get discouraged and weary. But let me encourage you to not give up! There is nothing you or I will ever accomplish in life that will outweigh the importance of our primary role and calling as parents who protect. And one day, I am certain they will thank you.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart (Galatians 6:9 NKJV).

Don’t lose heart!