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Shining as Stars

Shining as Stars

 The paint in her room was barely dry when Kristina attached several dozen glow-in-the-dark stars to her ceiling.  How can you get angry when the largest star is one you distributed to her Junior High Sunday School class which has “Daniel 12:3” written with a black permanent marker?  It had been given as an inspiration for these fledgling teens to pray to become world-changing influencers.

Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens,

and those who lead many to righteousness,

like the stars for ever and ever.

Daniel 12: 3 NIV

Her prayers, united with our prayers, served to protect her from harmful influence and directed her decisions regarding friendships, college, career, and her marriage to Matthew – his name meaning “Gift from God”.

The years continued to race by…

While expecting their second child, she spent the night with us, sleeping in her old bed.  After turning out the light, she noted that the star over her pillow was dimmer than the rest, flipped the light switch back on, and there it was – “Daniel 12:3”.  She and Matthew chose to name their son John Daniel, after this wise prophet whose powerful wisdom influenced kings and kingdoms.

Father God,

first I ask that You grant me Daniel 12:3 wisdom to pray for my children

with passion and excellence

as they are Your greatest gifts to me.

Move their hearts to diligently pursue You and Your Wisdom

every day of their lives.

Please surround them with friends and mentors who guide and guard

one another’s hearts according to Your Will.

May their wisdom lead many to righteousness

that all may shine like the stars forever and ever.

In the holy and wonderful Name of Jesus, we pray,

Amen.

 

As you walk by the way:

Discuss this prayer inspiration with your children.  Point out the stars in the sky, stars on Christmas trees, stars on clothing, stars on billboards…  You’ll begin to see them everywhere, and they will prompt your heart to prayer more frequently and fervently.  Teach them to pray for their friends, teachers, actors, actresses, musicians…  Through the power of prayer, they will be leading multitudes to righteousness

Hide in Your Hearts

(post throughout the house to memorize)

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,

who gives generously to all without finding fault,

and it will be given to you.

James 1:5 NIV

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,

that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not;

and it shall be given him.

James 1:5 KJV

Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens,

and those who lead many to righteousness,

like the stars for ever and ever.

Daniel 12: 3 NIV

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament;

and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Daniel 12:3 KJV

Connie Norris

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