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Praying for Independence and Dependence

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:5 (NASB) I have to admit I suffered from mommy-envy at times while the boys were growing up. I’d gather together with other moms and they’d share how little Susie was a clinger or little Joey wouldn’t let mom out of his sight. I didn’t really want the problems that often accompanied these complaints, but really, it would have been nice to be missed occasionally. For instance, when we began dropping the boys off in the church nursery I would have liked a hug or even a lingering look of longing before they rushed inside. Instead, on one of the few occasions our oldest did glance back he stopped...

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Springtime Prayer – Praying for Roots as Well as Branches

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

Spring is a fun time for families as the weather warms up and outdoor activities are once again the plan for the day. Everywhere around us the trees are budding and the flowers are blossoming. As much as I love this time of years, it also makes me sad. Another school year’s end is in sight. I just can’t stop the clock on how fast my children are growing. Instead of dwelling on how quickly time flies, this year I’m praying for that growth. I’m asking God to do more than help them grow in ways everyone can see. I’m asking Him to grow their roots. Here’s the prayer I’m using. Dear Lord, The seasons have turned and now we’re in the midst of a beautiful spring. With it another school year is drawing to a close and my...

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Praying for My Child’s Safety

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

The world is a pretty scary place right now. The number of school shootings have risen exponentially, bullying is on the increase, and young teen suicide is becoming more and more common. It’s easy to begin to dwell on the difficulties and begin living in fear. When I was young, heading off to school was an adventure filled with new friends, structured learning, and fun-filled days. Now sending a child to school has become a test of faith. What do we do with the anxiety caused by the time in which we live? We take our fears to the One who can do something about it. The God we serve isn’t a giant genie in a bottle, granting favors and wishes. He’s real, and His Spirit walks with us and with our kids. When we place our precious children...

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Praying that My Child Learns That Words Do—and Don’t—Matter

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you. I don’t think there was ever a saying that’s more untrue. Words do matter, and words can inflict some of the most intense, long-lasting damage we’ll ever see. And the hurt caused by words can seldom be smoothed over and healed quickly. This type of injury usually has a long recovery time. As a parent, some of my greatest challenges were how to help my sons process unkind and even vicious verbal attacks. Sometimes the speaker intended to lash out and cause as much hurt as possible. In other instances, the words were spoken in haste or without thought. It didn’t always matter which situation I faced, the devastating effects of hurtful words left wounds that took a lot to heal. I’ve tried to instill wisdom...

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Praying for My Child’s Joy

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

Have you noticed how artificial life has become in the past years? It seems that more people than ever are searching for self-worth in their looks, validation in what they accomplish, and joy in what they possess. I find myself having to fight against this. Sometimes I get so weary of having to constantly battle the world’s definition of who I am and what’s important. This struggle has given me a new place to pray for my children. I know if I’m fighting this influence, so are they. So I’ve taken this battle to the Lord, asking Him to intervene and make sure my children are protected from all the false definitions the world is trying to apply to them. Dear Lord, I want my child to be happy and learn to be satisfied. Actually, I want even more...

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Prayers for My Child’s Inheritance

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 2 comments

Many of us don’t give much thought to what our children will inherit from us or from others. I hadn’t really thought about it until I caught sight of my son’s school picture next to one taken at a similar time in his daddy’s life. Except for the difference in clothing, they could have been twins. That evening I watched my son and his father interacting and realized he had inherited more than just his father’s facial features. He also had the same mannerisms. This made me think long and hard about what else our sons were inheriting from us. That in turn led to this prayer, asking God to make sure I was leaving a godly legacy in our children. Dear Lord, What an awesome—scary—responsibility You’ve given me with these children. They are so precious to me. I...

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