Releasing The Mother Bear

By Sabrina Schlesinger

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In all of us there is the natural flight or fight mentality when danger is near, but it’s ALL FIGHT and no flight when it comes to protecting our kids. There is a fierce and fearless mother bear inside of me, and I bet she is inside of you too!

I was watching a preview with my kids of the movie, Kidnap, with Halle Berry. She has a moment where she was speaking to her son’s abductor and said, “Let me tell you something, as long as my son is in that car, I will not stop. Wherever you go I will be right behind you.” It reminded me that there is no one who is going to contend for our kids more than us! We are their biggest advocate. And there is no place this should show up more than on our knees in prayer.

When bad things happen, I think the majority of us begin to pray. And of course, we should do that. But what if we took a preemptive stance? What if our kids heard us praying the word of God over their lives daily?

I love the Word of God. There are so many beautiful things that bring life to me. But there are a few scriptures that cause the fighter inside of me to stand at attention; to put on the gloves and go to battle over the freedom, healing, and future of my children.

Jeremiah 1:12 (AMP) says, “I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it.”

Isaiah 55:11 (AMP) says, “So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void {without producing any effect, useless}, but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

What these verses are saying is, when God speaks it, it WILL come to pass. His promises are like a messenger who has been sent out on an assignment. They won’t return until they have accomplished what they were sent out to do. They won’t return empty handed!

It is like an arrow that has been released to hit its target. Our job? To get our kids in the way! When we pray the word of God over our kids, it is as if we are painting a huge bulls eye on them so the promises of God will intercept and make full impact upon them.

Did you know there are over 7000 promises in scripture? Holy cow that is a lot! We must be women of the Word so we can take full advantage of all the promises God has for our family.

Here are just a few scriptures to get you excited:

Isaiah 49:25b (NKJV) For I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children.

Proverbs 11:21 (NLT) Evil people will surely be punished, but the children of the godly will go free.

Acts 2:17 (NLT) ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.

Psalm 145:12 (NLT) May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants.
May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg!

We need to remember there is a REAL enemy who hates our children. He has poised and postured himself to steal, kill, and destroy the purposes and plans of God over them. He has traps set to trip them up and enslave them, starting at the youngest of ages. I don’t say this to strike fear in you, because this enemy has NOTHING on our God. He is a defeated foe. But I say this to remind you that we must stand at attention and be ready to protect our kids from the traps he has set. Just as we would not sit idly by if a kidnapper grabbed our children out of our hands, nor should we be passive in the spirit.

So release the mama bear within you. Use the greatest weapons you have, God’s word and the power of prayer. No matter how young or old your kids are, it is never too late to pick up the sword and get in the battle.

What are your favorite scriptures to pray over your children? Share them in the comments below! 


Sabrina is a mother to three biological girls and one adopted boy. She is also a pastor’s wife, freelance graphic designer, founder of Mom Mentor and the brand new Parenting on the Go Podcast (releasing April 2nd)! She resides in beautiful San Diego where the sun shines every day. She prefers chai lattes over coffee, mac-n-cheese over vegetables, and staying in over going out. Check her out on Instagram and Facebook!


Sabrina Schlesinger

I am officially middle-aged! I have gone up the hill and am now SLOWLY going down the other side.

I am married to my best friend! No really! Our first 10 months of dating were spent entirely in group settings, either working along side each other in ministry or at our families homes. We never had alone time. We never held hands. We never kissed. So we had a great amount of time to talk and really get to know each other. We read books, received counsel from our pastors, discussed our strengths and weaknesses in front of our parents, and built a foundation of friendship that I am forever grateful for. And let me tell you...when we did have our first kiss 10 months in....there were fireworks baby!!!! We are approaching our 17th anniversary and co-pastor Grace Church in Oceanside, CA. We are living out or dream and calling side by side.

I am a mom of 4. We have three girls and a boy.

When we gave birth to my first girl, Sophie (now 16), we thought we were amazing parents. She slept through the night, hardly every fussed, was beautiful and easy. First child syndrome...I know.

When I gave birth to Mattie (now 14) nearly two years later everything changed. She was colicky from the start, she had red raspberries on her face that turned BRIGHT RED when she that was all the time, and as she grew, it didn't get any better. I seriously thought at one point she was demon possessed because her outrageous fits where over the top. I could often be found in a fetal position crying when Matthew, my husband came home. Little did I know then that Mattie and her over-the-top fits would be the catalyst for so many future ministry moments with other moms in desperate need of help and advice on raising toddlers...who too were crazy!

We thought we were done. After Mattie I was like, "No way, I can't risk having another kid like that! The only way I will get pregnant again is if God speaks to me directly, and I don't think He is planning that." Welp....I was wrong. I heard God speak to me one night as I was at a conference that we were to have a third child and He spoke some very special promises to me about this child. So out popped Lillian (aka Lily - now 11).

Lily wass one of those babies that everyone gravitated too. She had and still does have a spirit about her that is so welcoming, loving, and kind. People just love her and she loves people. I am so glad I obeyed the Lord on this one. After Lily we felt done. This time Matthew said, "If we are supposed to have any more children, God is going to have to speak to me directly." Fast forward 9 years!

In August of 2016 we were on a much needed family vacation, the five of us. It was at this time that God whispered in the ear of my husband that we were to adopt a child from our county. Matthew told me what God said and of course, I said, "Let's do it!" I will write another post about our adoption story later, but November 1st, 2017, at age 4 1/2, Shawn (now 6) came into our home and became our son.

I am a freelance graphic designer by trade and a pastor by calling, but I felt like there was something more I should be doing. Recently I asked myself a question..."What brings me life?" It was easy for me to answer. I LOVE helping young moms navigate through motherhood. I love giving advice to help moms get through tough and trying seasons of life. There is a generation of moms out there who have broken relationships with their own mothers and feel like they have no one to turn to. That breaks my heart. No mom should have to go through life alone with nobody to lean on. And this is where Mom Mentor was birthed.

So that is me in a nutshell. I am pretty simple, not high maintenance, a lover of mac-and-cheese and chai lattes, and slightly obsessed with all things dystopian. I am glad to have met you and I look forward to our journey together!

Love & Blessings,