With five children it is no surprise that our house is constantly filled with a buzz of noise and activity. This is not a bad thing, by any means. However, between the silly songs Maddy makes up, the Star Wars battles between the boys, Nintendo games and music playing there is always noise, especially at dinnertime or when we are in the car. It seems like when the seven of us are in a smaller area, the noise level intensifies. As I am sure those of you who have been around children know, they want to be certain that they are heard and want to share what comes to there mind as it comes and therefore taking turns while talking doesn’t always happen easily. So, you get five children all talking at once and it makes it very difficult to try and decipher who is saying what and you don’t want to miss out on the details of any story. These details may be important, such as; “I am to bring snacks tomorrow, I signed up for this club, don’t forget the birthday party, can I go to the dance?” I have learned that I do not want to be quick with any type of answer in this situation because he or she may come back with, “you said this would be okay, mom.” I try my best to quiet that chatter and give each child the attention needed to tell his/her story, so I can listen intently and focus in on what is being said.
The same is true in our lives with negativity – that inside chatter – the doubts, fears and insecurities that are just waiting to grab our attention. They feed on distraction. If they all can be voicing themselves louder than the truth, then this is what we are going to hear. It is what is going to stick out in our minds. And just like with my five kids at the dinner table, I am going to have a hard time deciphering what is really going on. It will tend to blur together. The only way you and I can truly figure out what is going on is if we quiet that chatter in our minds. The only way you can truly quiet the chatter is if we replace those negative thoughts with God’s Word. The only way you can do this is to dig into His Word and draw close to Him.
I will tell you that I have struggled with and continue to struggle with doubts, fears and insecurities from time to time. These things do not leave us as we get older, get established in a profession, get married, have kids, the list could go on. These things can creep in when you and I least expect it, when everything on the outside seems to be going just fine. Satan will use these opportunities to let doubts and fears seep into our minds and try and distract us from what God really wants us to do and what He is calling us to do. As long as you can draw near to Him, let God quiet that chatter and just wrap His loving arms around you and say, “My Child, you are worth it. You can do this. I love you just the way you are;” that will drive out those fears, those doubts and those insecurities. Because sweet sister, God loves you too. He has a purpose and plan for you. Do not let the negativity draw you into a downward spiral of defeat, despair and discouragement. Let God’s love and care lift you up, draw near to Him, help dust you off and get you going on His path and purpose for your life.