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Praying for Our Children’s Attitude Toward Change

Posted by on Oct 5, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

I love autumn. With the crisp weather and beautiful fall leaves, this is my favorite time of the year. It’s also a season that God used to teach me a valuable lesson. I’m a card-carrying control freak, and while it’s something I’m trying to move away from, that change is coming slowly. I’ve always viewed change—particularly when I wasn’t in control—as a negative thing. Any changes in my life were met with a poor attitude and that coping mechanism made life difficult for everyone around me. Until one day as I was out hiking in the fall, God pointed out that change can be a beautiful season. As His truth broke through my belief that change was bad, I felt as free as the beautiful leaves that floated in the wind. That day I began praying that my children...

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Who is Labeling Our Kids?

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

School is back in session and even if the majority of learning takes place at home—our kids are subject to new influences and influencers on a daily basis. We do our best to make sure those who come in contact with our kids have a positive effect, but we can’t always be there to protect them. One of the most difficult things for me as a parent is when someone else applies a label to my child. Labels are powerful things—for good and for evil. I used to only think of labels in the context of manufactured goods. I read labels on food, medicine, and even appliances. These labels provide important information that help me make wise decisions. There are only two entities that have the right to apply labels to these goods—the one who manufactured them, and the...

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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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