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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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Praying for Our Kids During the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

As adults, most of us have come to expect a certain amount of stress and struggle during the holidays. Our to-do lists lengthen to epic proportions as we work to make this a meaningful time for those around us. We get caught up in expectations—real and imagined—and whether we admit it or not, it takes a toll on our families. In the hectic blur of the season, we can overlook the fact that our kids—no matter how young they are—also feel some of the strain. From Halloween to Christmas, it seems that most of the year-end holidays are kid focused. It’s easy to let that fact cloud us to what’s really happening in their young lives.  The changes in schedule, diet, and even our own stress, can increase their anxiety. We can’t always put a halt to the hectic...

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Praying for Those My Child is With

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 1 comment

I love being a mom. To me, that came as a welcome surprise because I am not a person who’s comfortable with children. During my first pregnancy I worried that I wouldn’t like my child. Of course the exact opposite was true. My greatest joy was—and still is—getting to hang out with my kids. But, I’m ashamed to say that this enjoyment turned to jealousy when they began school and started choosing to spend their time elsewhere. Even though they still loved being with me at times, I felt discarded and replaced. It took a while for me to work through these feelings and the way I was able to exchange jealousy for joy was through prayer. God showed me that instead of worrying about being abandoned, I needed to pray for those my child was choosing to spend...

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Praying for Joy for My Child

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

It wasn’t until I was in my thirties that I clued into the difference between joy and happiness. So often I, like many other people, used those two words interchangeably. But through a long process, I discovered that happiness is fleeting. It changes with my mood and my circumstance. It leaves me without any substance that can affect my outlook. Joy on the other hand has weight. It’s strong enough to build on, anchor to, and get me through the rough patches of life. Once I tasted the strength of true joy, nothing else would satisfy me. Fast forward to my parenting years. I noticed early on that my kids relied more on fleeting happiness than foundational joy. That’s where this prayer comes in. Today I want to share this heartfelt plea as I cried out for God to...

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Praying for Failure

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

I don’t know about you, but for me, some of the best lessons I’ve ever learned came from trying something and failing. No, failure isn’t pleasant. But the skills I’ve acquired because of failing have made me who I am today. I’ve learned to be more patient, less fearful, and to approach a problem without preconceived ideas. Failure is a completely different issue though, when it comes to my kids. I want them to find success, be happy, and learn all those things without ever having to fail. Yeah…not gonna happen. God pointed that out to me one time through a particularly painful prayer time when one of our boys was struggling. I kept praying for quick success, but God pointed out that the struggle was equipping him for the man he would become. My interference by trying to...

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