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When Monsters Come Calling

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monstersI had a pretty traumatic experience a week ago (another time, another post). It was an experience with a real life monster.

What happened left me thinking about monsters. As parents, we tell our children (and ourselves) that monsters don’t exist. The truth is, they do exist.  Anything that strikes fear in us is a monster. We have control over some monsters (negative thoughts, things that go bump in the night and scare our little ones, fears we overcome, etc.). These monsters we can (with some effort) exterminate from our lives. Some monsters however, we have no control over.  Their entrance into our lives can leave us blindsided and scared (cancer, bad people, unexpected events, etc.).  The only exterminator for those monsters is faith in God, hope that you will get through the storm, and the power to not let the monster steal one more moment of your life.

I was feeling inspired by Dr. Seuss.

Here are my reflections on monsters:

When monsters come calling for a sweet newborn babe, mothers jump into action and fasten their cape.

What monsters come calling for infants you ask?  Monsters of loud voices and rooms filled with noises and SIDS during naps and at night when it’s noiseless.

So mothers “shhh” others gently, tiptoe around softly, cradle them tightly, we place baby on back and check on them constantly.

Then we say a silent prayer of thanks, for today we have beaten the monsters with the help of grace.

When monsters come calling for a sweet curious tot, mothers flash their muscles and threaten, “Come see what I’ve got.”

What monsters come calling for toddlers you ask? Monsters of dark places and stranger faces and thunder and lightening and when you go separate places.

So mothers cuddle closely, hold hands tightly, whisper “everythings okay” and plug in night lights brightly.

Then we say a silent prayer of thanks, for today we have beaten the monsters with the help of grace.

When monsters come calling for a sweet school aged child, mothers draw their gold swords and wave them like wild.

What monsters come calling for children you ask? Monsters of school spaces and not finding friend faces, getting lost and missing their precious home bases.

So mothers wait after school with wide open arms, offer listening ears, ice cream, and tender words to calm fears.

Then we say a silent prayers of thanks, for today we have beaten the monsters with the help of grace.

When monsters come calling for a sweet teenager, mothers raise their strong shields and activate force fields.

What monsters come calling for teens you ask?  Monsters of bad peer pressure choices, bullying voices and homework and acne, sticking out, or feeling voiceless.

So mothers step into their shoes and try to not judge, tell them “I’m proud of you,” “just be yourself,” and help them work it through.

Then we say a silent prayer of thanks, for today we have beaten the monsters with the help of grace.

Then monsters come calling throughout their whole life, but we have armed our sweet ones with confidence, strength, and grace for each strife.  As mothers we’ll always protect when we can, but the truth is some monsters appear not part of the plan.  When those monsters come calling, we’ll transfer the fight to the One who can protect us all with His might.

 

Don’t let the monsters get you down.

Love,

Natasha

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16 thoughts on “When Monsters Come Calling

  1. I love your analogy of moms being superheros to conquer all the monsters!

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  2. Natasha, I love the way you related the raw fears of motherhood here. You are right, the fears are so real, so powerful, but God is more powerful still. Thanks for the reminder to leave it in His hands.

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  3. What a great post. I am impressed with how you channeled your inner Dr. Suess.

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  4. I can see you’ve put a lot of love into this post Natasha. It’s lovely. x

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  5. Thanks for this! A good reminder of how we can arm ourselves with grace.

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  6. Love this. I’ve got my fair share of monsters right now, and always, and they’re getting bigger and uglier by the day, but God is always bigger and he always wins. Thank you for the reminder that we will always have a remedy for the monsters!

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  7. Dr. Seuss would be proud 🙂 Take care.

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  8. You are SO creative!! I love it!
    I’m sorry to hear that you had an encounter with a monster recently. 😦 Hope it doesn’t cause any permanent problems. XO

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