Spiritually Guarding Our Children

As mothers, we are called to protect our children.  But what type of protection are we to offer?  Of course we should protect our children from physical harm, such as playing with matches, falling down stairs, and bullying on the playground.  Do we feel the same way concerning emotional and spiritual harm?


During the thirteen year time span that I have been a mother, I have been accused of many things.  Some phrases that come to mind…

You sure do overprotect your children.

Better watch out, one day that bubble you keep your children in is going to pop!

When your children are grown, they are going to rebel against everything you have taught them.

These accusations have been hurtful, especially when coming from family!  They have caused tears, and much second guessing of my mothering skills on my part.  The world (and many well meaning Christians) tell us that we must expose our children to evil in order for them to stand against it.  That to not allow our children to attend public school, to date at 14, and watch PG-13 rated movies is foolish.  But is this biblical?

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing.  Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.  Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Philippians 4:8 (NLT)

Through much Bible study, I have never seen any verses that go something like this, “Expose yourself to evil, in doing so you will be able to stand against it!”  Actually, I have seen quite the contrary.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.  The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor the sinners in the congregation of the righteous.  For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Psalm 1:1-6

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Everyone knows that we are to protect our children physically.  Even the world champions that.  As Christians, we are to take the next step by protecting our children emotionally and spiritually, and we should actually be more concerned about the spiritual than the physical sense!

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

Through scripture we see that God is our protector.  He is our shelter and our shield.  When we protect our children from ungodly influences, we are exhibiting God-like character traits.  Godly mothers should resemble the nature of God, which is the definition of God-like.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 46:1

He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 91:1

The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.

Psalm 121:7


Mothers, when we protect our children from physical, emotional and spiritual harm, we are showing our children the very nature of God.  May God use us mightily to lead our children to Him.  Our God can and will prepare our children’s hearts to serve Him while we shelter them from evil.

Be blessed!


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17 thoughts on “Spiritually Guarding Our Children

  1. You are so right and wise beyond your years to have grasped this. It is our job to protect our children’s minds as well as their bodies. I have also been called overprotective but call it what you will i would do anything in my power to keep them from harm. People always say they wished their kids came with an instruction manual, they did its called the Bible.


  2. Dear Nicole,
    you are so right about protecting our children from evil. Our main focus should be teaching them all that is true, pure, and beautiful. Basically about God and His great creation and our place in it…to give Him all glory and honor! In doing this we keep them from the evil one’s influence and they naturally learn to seek out that which is true and beautiful. I am the mother of 16 living and 2 in Heaven, and I have seen them grow and head out on their own and choose the beautiful over the ugly. Not without struggle, but ultimately they know the ‘good’ and seek it. I have 4 adult children and all of them say they are glad we exposed them to that which they were exposed too, because they were able to see the difference between that which is good and that which isn’t. Lovely blog spot, thank you for sharing.
    God Bless,


    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement Janine! It is so nice to hear from a more experienced mother. Thank you again!


  3. I have heard these phrases right along with you, but when I turn on the news at night and hear of all the bad things in the world, I will gladly be accused of overprotecting my children any day. Hugs to you!


  4. Amen. Thank you for the reminder. I think I’ve been letting a few influences slip lately around here, and now I’m convicted to tighten up the reins again and fill our home with godly things. Thank you.


  5. Thanks for linking up at Family Fun Friday at http://happyandblessedhome.com! I really appreciate your wise words! We too are careful about the influences that come at our children…and, when the Bible is our guide and our lead, it really gives us the fuel to stand…even when very difficult! So, thank you dear sister in the Lord! I am VERY encouraged by your post!


  6. I just shared on another blog that we are reading the book of James – 3 times a day. Your post reminds me that James 1:27 not only applies to my heart but those of my children: “27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” We need to keep our children unstained and teach them to do the same! Thank you for linking this up at Ultimate Mom!


  7. I was raised in a conservative Christian home (though technically I’m still being raised =)) and being both public and home-schooled, I do believe that there can be such a thing as too much protection. I have acquaintances who have guarded their children so much that their thirteen-year-old daughter doesn’t know anything, to the extent that she doesn’t know what 9/11 is. I’ve also witnessed people limit their tween/teens’ reading material to Lamplighters and the Bible for the fear of exposing their kids to evil. I’m not condoning extremes, but I think it’s unwise to shelter your kids from too much. Parents should be walking their children through sinful influences, not hiding them from everything. My father works at a college where a large number of Christians come in every year. Every year, these fresh young people eagerly enroll in the campus’ Christian club. And by the end of the year, over two thirds of the students in this club have dropped out, and can be regularly found engaging in sinful things. Why? Because they were never taught how to stand through temptations.
    Just a thought =)


    1. I respectfully disagree with some of your points, but thanks for sharing! My experience is the more we stay away from evil, the worse it seems if encountered. I don’t plan to “walk my children through sinful experiences,” since that isn’t Biblical, but my children are well aware that sin exists. We do not shield them from current events in any way. Blessings to you!


  8. Thank you so much for your post! My heart is aching today. The homosexual lifestyle seems to be the topic in churches right now and its difficult keeping little ones from hearing it. We have been told we need expose our little ones to it! We are homeschooling and protecting them from too much. Your post brought encouragement and the comments from others did too. We are following the word of God and we aren’t crazy!


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