After two years of dragging (literally) my almost 7 year-old son into school every day, I was seriously OUT OF IDEAS. The combination of his very strong-willed personality, OCD, sensory issues and an intense anxiety about... well, pretty much everything... has made getting him to school every day a real struggle.
Then, a couple of months ago (with what I KNOW was divine inspiration) I had the idea to spend some time talking to him about the "Armor of God" as taught in Ephesians 6. I tried to keep it simple but explained to him that when he prayed to God and asked for His protection, he would be protected by an "invisible" shield (aka, "the shield of faith"). To a little boy obsessed with super heroes...THIS CLICKED for him.
I wanted to give him a visual to reinforce the concept and so the "Armor of God' Wristband was born. He wears it every day (as do his siblings and several of his cousins). We have had a few iffy days since then, but as long as he takes the time to pray each morning before he leaves for school, he puts on his brave little face and he WALKS INTO THE SCHOOL. There are no words to express the relief I feel.
I've since become fascinated with the doctrine of the armor of God and believe that the principles taught in this simple analogy are PROFOUND and so applicable to the real and very hard struggles that each of us face every day.
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