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Trials, Brats and Suitcases

It has been a rough couple of weeks for our family—which is no different from yours at any given time!

It seems to me that we try excessively hard to shield our children from every bad thing that happens. Sometimes this can be a terrible disservice to them. We rob them of learning to pray—of learning to cope–of learning to do without–of learning that we all grieve.

The last thing we need to do is to cushion our kiddoes from all struggles and trials. Otherwise, we are at risk of raising a generation of entitled, pampered, self-centered and overly-protected brats.

Obviously, we need to use Corrie Ten Boom’s analogy of not allowing a child to carry a heavy suitcase until they are able, and discerning what they are ready to hear, but the key issue is TRUST. Wow—God IS trustworthy–and He will allow trials in our lives. (He said that we shouldn’t be surprised :)…and it is up to us to show His strength getting us through the trials!