Faith not fear
Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me danger is very real but fear is a choice. (from the movie "After Earth")
Whilst the source of this quote is not worth watching, the quote is, however, one worth quoting. Why? How many people fear things that they think "might happen" but never happens and when it does, its not as they expected. Fear is like worry; it gets us no-where and eats away at us.
However, as the quote points out - danger is real. Don't leave your child near a swimming pool unattended - they can drown; don't let your child play near a busy road - a car might hit them; keep poisons out of their reach - they may become very ill. These aren't fears - these are facts. Its important to be CAREFUL and keep our children safe, but that is very different to living in FEAR of what might happen.
We can all can catch the flu, common cold, getting dirty and exposed to germs (in fact we all need to be exposed to these things as it builds our immune system) but as long as we have made sensible precautions then, there is nothing to fear. Letting you child play in a park with other children is safe as long as you have been careful. They might fall or trip, but don't we all.
But what is important is that mothers do not spend their child's entire life living in fear of "what might happen" as it will paralyses them and their children. Fear traps and consumes you, it weighs you down until you are unable to function - it is unhealthy.
I can remember being fearful of my son learning to drive. I made sure he had a very good instructor and a safe car - he was fine. I worried about my sons visiting school friends - I went and visited their parents to determine if it was a wise decision. If it was, then I allowed them to visit.
I have to live by FAITH not FEAR.
I had to have COURAGE and not be AFRIAD.
Just remember, your children grow up and leave home and they need to have been taught survival skills - how to get up after falling over. We cannot wrap our children in cotton wool and lock them away at home - you are doing them a disservice. They will not function in society if you do this. Your fear becomes their fear and it perpetuates.
How do they learn faith, if you are lacking it?
I speak from experience - I know what it is like to live in fear of "what might happen" and I learnt not that long ago that no matter how fearful I am - things do happen. And after that one event that I was most fearful of happened - happened, I realised my fear made no differences to the outcome. I had to TRUST in the Lord for all things, it was my only choice. I have since and every time FEAR comes knocking (Satan) I send him away very swiftly as it paralyses me, raises my blood pressure, makes me panic and I become physically ill. Instead I call out to the Lord for HIS care and protection and I have put FEAR where it belongs and I am no longer afraid.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid