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Praying for My Child’s Fears

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

School is starting up and with a new year comes change. Personally I don’t know many people who love change. Yes, we like new things—but usually in the context of what’s already familiar. My kids are the same way, and I’ve noticed that the start of school—with all its inherent changes—can bring some hidden fears to light.   Fear of failure Fear of others’ opinions Fear of change Fear of not being safe As an adult, I know that the one sure remedy to fear is to trust God. But our kids are still in the process of learning that. So this year I’m focusing on asking God to use their fears to draw them to Him and then to banish those things that trouble them. I want turning to Him to be so ingrained in their lives that...

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Summertime Prayer

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

So I commended enjoyment because there is nothing better for man under the sun than to eat, drink, and enjoy himself, for this will accompany him in his labor during the days of his life that God gives him under the sun. Ecclesiastes 8:15 (HCSB) The weather tells me that summer is in full swing. As I spend time outdoors, I can’t help but remember my own childhood. It felt like I burst out of school and ran full-blast, downhill into summer fun. I spent every moment I could outside, either playing or reading. These fond memories have led me to today’s prayer for my children. I’m asking God to give them the time to be kids. In this over-scheduled world, that’s not as easy as it used to be. And I’ve learned that being on too tight a schedule...

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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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