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I Sleep with a Sheep

I Sleep with a Sheep

I sleep with a sheep. After reading this, you may want to sleep with a sheep too!

Our culture is saturated with sights, sounds, and activities that inundate our senses. Most children’s thoughts are driven by the forceful tide of education, athletic and extra curricular activities. With little opportunity to talk with parents or siblings, how can we ensure they recognize the voice of God?

Prayer initiates explosions in heavenly places that result in God parting the sea of earthly noise and distractions. And so, I sleep with a sheep. Each time I reposition during the night, I’m reminded to pray that every member of my family will hear God’s voice clearly and follow Him closely. During the day, it rests on my Bible where I’m frequently reminded to repeat this prayer.

* Make a daily commitment to disconnect with the world, spending at least thirty minutes together as a family to connect with one another and with God. Reading John 10 is a great place to begin.

* If you can’t be with your children during the day, tuck encouraging notes and Scripture into lunchboxes and backpacks. Also, post these on bathroom mirrors and throughout the house.

* Purchase an age-appropriate lamb for each child – a stuffed lamb for the little ones or girls, a figurine or attractive print for teens, using these as a prompt for bedtime prayers.

Good Shepherd, please quiet our hearts. 

Speak to us even as we sleep. 

* Before everyone scatters for the day, read a family devotional. Take turns having children or teens select or prepare a message. Conclude with prayer and a hug,

Father, please filter every thought today

through Your Word and Your will.

* Some of you may have children who have disconnected from the family and from God. Create a circle with other mothers, purchasing a sheep as a symbol binding all to the cause of uniting, day and night, to pray for your children and their friends. At a specific time each day, pray verses from John 10, perhaps at 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

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“…he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out…

he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.”

John 10:3 & 4   NKJV

“You shall teach them [My Words] to your children, speaking of them

when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way,

when you lie down, and when you rise up.”

Deuteronomy 11:19 NKJV

I am praying with you and for you. If you’d like further encouragement or ideas, please connect with me on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/conniepn.

By: Connie Norris

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