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Praying for My Child and the Busyness of the Holidays

Praying for My Child and the Busyness of the Holidays

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 of all I want them to experience the joy of God’s undivided attention when we make Him a priority instead of giving Him the leftovers of our time.

Dear Lord, I love this holiday season. Everywhere we turn we see celebrations that honor the birth of Your Son. But we have an enemy whose goal is to keep us so busy that we miss the important reason for the joy. I’m asking You to protect my children from the trap of busyness.

I’m not the best example when it comes to exercising balance during this season. I admit I’m too easily distracted by going and doing. Don’t let my behavior be a stumbling block to my children. Instead let us learn together how to refocus our thoughts and actions on You.

Surround my sons with others who are also seeking the heart of this season. Give them friends who will encourage them to spend time on relationships instead of activities. Don’t let them get caught up in the pervasive fear of missing out on something.

As they begin to exercise wisdom in how they plan their time, make them an example for others. Shift their hearts to the things that matter and keep them steadfast in their journey with You. Amen.

By: Edie Melson—author, blogger, speaker—has written numerous books, including Soul Care When You’re Weary, and While My Child is Away: Prayers for When We’re Apart. Married to her high school sweetheart, Kirk, they live in the upstate of South Carolina and have raised 3 sons. Connect with her on through Twitter and Facebook.

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One Comment

  1. Thank you, Edie, for sharing your wisdom…and being real! Such a needed reminder as we enter the Advent season!

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