Friday, July 20, 2012

Fear Factor...Parent Edition: Part I

I was one of those parents who let a kid go to the midnight showing of that movie last night.  It wasn't to a theater in Colorado, but still.

As my heart goes out to the families of victims, my mind is struggling not to go out of control.  Racing from one fearful, life scenario to another.

It doesn't matter if you're an expectant mother or expectant grandmother, or somewhere in between.  If you are connected to kids, you understand this reality show.

Today, I'm not going to take a lot of your time.  I'm going to just share a few fears, some pictures and set you up for a video blog I am doing with the last kid I have in the cave.  That vlog will be coming your way on Monday.  He and I are going to briefly chat about how we cope - or don't cope - with the fears that pop up in the parent/child relationship.  Whether the boy and I are helpful to you and yours will surely be debatable.

But, the good stuff we try to apply from God's Word will surely be iron-clad.

If you could, please share some fears you have in parenting...just post them right here on this blog page in the comment section.  We will see if we can address a few of them. The tragic events of the past 24 hours won't be our focus, but more the fear that is surely being spawned from them.  Fears for the well-being of our children, whether young or old.

You can see the photos representing just a few things this boy does or is involved in that can make my heart, trust me when I say I get the parental fear thing.  The broken leg photo was from sliding into third base his freshman year in baseball.  That set off my obsession with constantly making the stairs leading up to his room free of any object - including a dust bunny - as he could trip and break something else.  I know, I know.

I'm a Christ-follower, so I try to remember to run His way when fear grips my heart and invades my mind. I don't know what those without God do.

When I fear for my children, I truly don't know where else to turn.  The words of Simon Peter in John 6:68 & 69 often ring in my mommy ears:  “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

While prayers go up for hurting families today...and all of our families today, you may want to cling to - as I am - the following.  Some hopeful words of eternal life.

Isiah 49:13b, "For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones."

May God's comfort and compassion be strong in Aurora today.


  1. Wow...what a great reminder that we can still find hope in this world after seeing so much craziness! Thanks so much KyAnne...your awesome perspective always challenges and encourages me!!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to drop by my cave. I'm so thankful it helps you to be "c&e"...challenged and encouraged!

  2. The hardest part for me is letting them go when they get into a car of friends or when my husband and I leave them to an important decision that I know that are going mess up! How can I learn to trust God more in the letting go? That's always my question.

  3. I feel ya'! Been there many, many times. Good question for us to address in Monday's vlog. Be watching for it and I'll be praying for you, yours and that place we lovingly call "cave." :)

  4. KyAnne , KyAnne! You are truly blessed AND a blessing! Keep encouraging.

  5. Just found you - Kaleb sent me the link! I am a momma of three little boys; 5, 3, and 13 weeks. Oh, how I have enjoyed the entries I have read this evening!

  6. Hey, Elisa! So glad my boy shared with you!! I had a lot of people around to encourage me when my boys were 5, 3 and 1! I'm just humbled at the thought that I could to a bit of the same! Just finished a post for Friday about siblings and their getting-along issues...always a fun one! :)Blessings to you and yours!!

  7. You're welcome! I need it myself! Especially with the one in this vlog coming back from camp today...always thinking about safety on the road, etc. Never ends...thankful for God's presence in our lives! :)