Hey SUM family, Tiffany here!
Since my last writing, I had to confront some tough topics with my children. This ranged from introducing them to the LGBTQIA agenda to spirit animals to what is the electric chair. (This did NOT all stem from their public education and it was not all in one conversation.)
I don't know about you but I never thought in a million years that I would be having conversations like this with my children. Growing up (as I look back on movies and cartoons that I was exposed to when I was their age) there were some things that I encountered. However, I can definitely say that the world I was raised in was not so brazen and hellbent on the corruption of our children. The agenda is now in our faces!
Part of me wants to shelter and hide them from all outside influences. If only I could keep them from being exposed to every evil agenda that is being thrown at their generation. I would love to say that it is better for them to simply not know anything about the worlds ideologies. BUT - if I am not diligent, if I do not teach them...the world will.
You see there are very rich and evil people who influence the world system around us. This is for another day, but for reference - the World Health Organization, the CDC, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Susan Buffett Foundation, Planned Parenthood, the National Education Association - are all working together to corrupt our children. This has been going on for many years. We are talking over generations. It didn't happen over night. This is a full on coordinated attack against the next generations.
Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train a child in the way [they] should go, and when [they] are old [they] will not depart from it."
It is our duty and responsibility as God fearing parents to tackle the awkward conversations. We need to be intentional and diligent. We cannot allow our children to be taught to think like the world.
It hasn't been an easy task. There are topics that quite honestly I need to look into for myself. I titled this post "And a Little Child Shall Lead Them" because choosing to have these conversations with my children has really sharpened my worldview and belief system. It is THEIR questions, THEIR grappling, THEIR simple view of life that has led me to dig deeper. Why do I believe what I believe? What DOES the Bible say about...? How can I present this topic to my children? Are they ready? Am I ready?
Remember John 16:13, "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come." This verse is vital in my life right now. I cling to the Holy Spirit. He will lead myself and my children into ALL truth. In a world full of lies and confusion we along with our children need His truth.
The SUM life brings a whole other dynamic outside of the "normal" Christian home struggle. We have to figure out how to teach our children the truth against a world that presents lies. On top of that, we have to wrestle with the divisive spirits that will sometimes use our husbands against us. I have found that transporting the kids in the car has been our classroom. I drop off and pick up the kids from school. When headed to church or out running errands. Any time that the kids and I are alone in the car, there is one way or another that we are having Kingdom conversations. It could be prayer. It could be questions. It could be promptings from the Holy Spirit.
When my children were younger, I was so afraid of them being influenced by the things of the world. I wasn't mature enough in my faith to have conversations to educate them. I would simply tell them that we don't do that, we don't watch that, we don't agree with that and force that to be the end of things. Part of it is that they were too young to have in-depth conversations. For example, on Netflix, there is a show called Chip and Potato. It first aired in 2018 but I tried to watch it with my kids in 2019. I thought, how cute! A pug and her friend mouse. I took screenshots of the first episode back then because it didn't sit right in my spirit when watching this. I don't think we got past 2 episodes before I told them we would no longer be watching it.
Check out this message I sent to a Youtube influencer on 6/20/2019:
I hope this reaches you alright. I was watching a show with my children on Netflix called "Chip and Potato." It is a Netflix original and this show is set out to heavily indoctrinate our children with the LGBTQ agenda. I am reaching out to you for two reasons. 1. I am hoping you can address this on your youtube channel to warn parents. You have a further influnce than I do. 2. I am curious to know if you have any advice on how to step out and stand against these types of things. I am heartbroken. I want to raise my children (just turned 6 and soon to be 5 (in July) in the way of the Lord. All I could tell them was sorry kids we are not going to watch this show anymore. You aren't allowed. When they kept asking why...all I could say is "I don't know how to explain it to you right now because you are still a little young." I am upset at the Church for being silent my entire life. I feel like I have been left out like a sitting duck in the pond of culture...helpless to the hunt. Are there resources out there for true Bible believing followers of Christ? Who is standing in the gap of the wall in culture? How can we turn this around? I cannot stay silent on this...my children's children's children's lives depend on my action now! I have attached a few pictures from the show.
This my friends is the difference between fear (3 years ago) and faith. This is the difference between uncertainty and identity. God placed this conviction in my heart even back then! But it wasn't until I surrendered fear of man, doubt, anxiety, orphan spirit at the feet of Jesus and picked up healing, restoration, confidence, identity, purpose and destiny that I became a daughter of Issachar - understanding the times and knowing what to do about it.
From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. - Acts 17:26
For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? - Esther 4:14
Do not be dismayed. Do not fear. Take heart - the Father chose you for THIS time, THIS place in history. He can and will use you to alter the course of this era, if only you would be bold enough to take a stand. Just like God told me He would take care of my children when He said to keep them in public school; He will take care of yours too. No matter the situation, not matter the conversation...allow Holy Spirit to lead you and your children into ALL truth.
Our children are resilient. Regardless of what it looks like in this world, I decree and declare that our children are marked with the glorious Kingdom of Heaven for signs, miracles, wonders, healings, prophesy, dreams, visions, integrity, purity, holiness, righteousness, wisdom, truth, boldness, faith and a fierce fighting spirit. In Jesus' name, amen!
See you in the comments. If you would like, share your children in the comments that we can pray over and bless them.