It was a book about witches, witchcraft, and the occult which included recipes for brews and potions for evil magic. Because of some of my pre-Christ experiences on drugs, I have always been militant in my aversion to anything dealing with the occult, and I have taught this to my family.
Anyway, my daughter-in-law, upon seeing this book, refused to let her child read it, a decision which I applauded. She told me that her child was livid and furious about her decision, but that she was standing by it unfazed. I prayed with her and encouraged her in her decision to defend her children from any exposure to the occult.
I went on to share all of this with my wife, Brenda, who wrote a text to my daughter-in-law that you will find below. When Brenda read it to me, I commented that I’ve never heard it said better than she said it and that I think other parents would benefit from hearing Brenda‘s godly wisdom. And so here it is (with Brenda‘s permission). I hope it will be an encouragement to all parents who seek to raise their children to love the Lord and to be circumspect about their exposure to unholy things.
I am so sorry I didn’t get to talk to you last night when you called but Lon shared afterwards what you shared with him. Glad he could pray with you. Christian mothers have the hardest job in the world, especially these days. It is not going to be easy, but you stay in the Word, on your knees and in community with like-minded Christian moms. “Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” I read a statement in the last lesson of our Bible study this week, ”the God who can do anything can be trusted with everything.” There will be many bumps along the way, the girls might not like some of your decisions, but your first job is not to be their best friend but a loving, strong, God- fearing mother whose instruction through the years to her children will last a lifetime. God wants to use your daughter's lives to be a light for Him no matter where they go and where He leads them. Those girls are truly blessed to have you as their mom. Not easy to watch them struggle or get upset when you put safe boundaries around them for their protection. Keep up the good work and keep crying out to the Lord for wisdom. There is not a greater job in the world than being a Godly mom. Those girls will go on to change the world because of your hard work each day. One day they will rise up and call you blessed and thank you even if some days they might not like your decisions now.
- Proverbs 1:8-9 - My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother; For they will be a graceful ornament on your head, And chains about your neck.
- Ephesians 6:1-3 - Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise: that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.
- Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
The times we live in are dangerous for our young people. When I was growing up in the early to mid sixties, I had a Godly mom, but she didn't much invest in the things I saw and heard. When I look back on it now, I am horrified at the movies I saw as a young girl and so many of the things I thought were "cool", and so grateful, that the Lord led me through that swamp without it adversely affecting my life, especially my life in the Lord. It is so good to hear about Lon's wonderful daughter-in-law. As difficult as it is, I'm sure, for her to keep her daughter from seeing and doing the wrong things, it will so pay off in the end. And God bless Brenda for her wonderful email.