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Praying for My Child to Flunk Math

Posted by on Jul 5, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

“For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9 (HCSB) Math is not my strong suit and it never has been. It was the subject I struggled with the most during my school years. But I’ve recently discovered that my view of God is filtered through an algebraic mind-set. And when I first noticed the signs, I went into immediate denial. There was no way it could be true. But the evidence was irrefutable. Without realizing it, I’d put God in a box, bracketing Him inside equations. And I’m betting a lot of you may have as well. Let me see if you’re familiar with these two spiritual equations I’m referring to: Following the Rules + Making the Right Decisions = Living a Blessed Life...

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Praying Against the Distractions in My Child’s Life

Posted by on May 10, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

My dad had many pet phrases, and this time of year we’d always hear him announce, “Spring has sprung.” Even in colder climates, kids everywhere have been infected by spring fever. For my kids that was just one more distraction in a world that seemed dedicated to sidetrack my children—and me—from staying on task. That led me to begin praying against the distractions in my kids’ lives—particularly the ones that pulled them away from following God. As I began talking to God and listing different distractions I became overwhelmed. How could I pray effectively when so many things bombarded my family? I couldn’t. But God could. His Word promises me that the Holy Spirit is the one who helps me pray. So I girded up my faith and began a campaign I still wage today—against all the distractions that...

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What If—Not a Place for Parents or Children

Posted by on Apr 9, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

Several years ago, our family had quite a scare. Our youngest son visited a trampoline park with friends. He landed wrong and broke his back. Fortunately, there was no spinal cord damage. Now, I’m good in a crisis. The situations that cause other people to panic create in me the ability to act clearly and decisively. So when they brought him home, I was woman-in-control. I was able to be calm and clear-headed in that nightmare scenario. At least until the crisis was over. Then I spent several days as an emotional wreck. The slightest thing brought uncontrollable sobs. It sounds strange, but my crisis point is always delayed. And it’s always brought on by taking up residence in the place of what if. I’m sure you’ve visited that nightmare place too. It’s populated by the unending refrain of...

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Praying for My Child to Stay the Course

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

The dreariness of winter still lingers, and with it my industry lessens. If it’s hard for me to concentrate and put in full effort on my tasks, it’s a thousand times harder for my children. They’re tired of cold, wet days and the drudgery of school work. But they’re also learning valuable life lessons during this less-than-exciting season. God is using this time to show the value of staying on track even when they’re weary. As time passes, they’re discovering that nothing—not even the boredom of winter—lasts forever. So during this season, I’m praying for these lessons to take root and give them a firm foundation to stay the course during trying times. Dear Lord, I know this has seemed to be a long winter and it’s taken a toll on my children. They’re grumpy and tired of school....

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The Myth of Perfect Parenting

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 For anyone who has a child, the thought of perfect parenting elicits a range of emotions, from hope to discouragement to outright terror. We all hope we’ll be good parents, but most of us expect to fail in some ways. And every parent I’ve ever spoken with lives in fear of being such a bad parent they mess up their child permanently. As I took my fear of parenting failure to God, He reminded me that He wasn’t like the animated stork that I’d seen in the Bugs Bunny cartoons I watched on Saturday mornings growing up. He NEVER delivered the wrong baby to the wrong parents. He chose my husband and I as parents for our boys before the beginning of time. And He did it knowing...

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Praying for My Child and the Busyness of the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 1 comment

I really struggled with the title for this post. At first I wanted to use the word choices, but it’s really too broad for how I’m currently praying for my sons as we head into the busiest season of the year. Don’t get me wrong—I always want to them to make wise choices and pray for that daily. But during this season, I want them to learn how to choose wisely in regard to over-commitment and busyness. They don’t have a very good role model in me. And that worries me. I’m not modeling the behavior I want them to follow. I’m too easily distracted by the joy of gathering together and going and doing that I don’t make wise decisions. I want them to learn how to savor an afternoon of play and time giggling with friends. Most...

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