Sunday, February 21, 2016

A Prayer For Them

In our house with four kids, we are all about the routines: Brushing teeth, washing hands, laying out clothes, and so forth. Well, a few weeks ago, I noticed that our family had hit a stagnant, memorization "routine" with the night time prayers. My husband and I had taught them to be little robots, repeating the same prayers with gratitude, while asking God to watch over all of our family and friends....It always started with,  "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, may angels watch me through the night, and wake me with the morning light. Amen." While I certainly pray for God to keep their souls, I feel we are just teaching them words, without really thinking about what they are saying...And praying for "everyone in the world" truly doesn't seem like enough to me anymore. Our children are sponges, and I want them to soak up and absorb the words of God, and learn to really talk to him. To call out for their Father in prayer and and always with gratitude.  To know that He will never leave them, nor forsake them...Deuteronomy 31:6.  To know that He wants them to continuously seek Him....To build a lifelong relationship with His son, Jesus. An everlasting best friend who accepts them unconditionally. To know that that Holy Spirit dwells within them as they navigate throughout their entire lives. John 17:21 




So,  I sat down and wrote a prayer for some of the most  important things I  TRULY pray that they learn, during their trials and victories of relationship building.  To always know who they are in Christ, while figuring out who they are as little human beings. "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."  Psalm 139:14. 

My goal is to start sharing parts of my prayer over their lives, and begin teaching them the elements of what mommy's prayer requests means for each of them.  Most importantly, I want them to trust in God, and know they can ask Him anything...Call out to Him. In addition, that they can trust in speaking to us, their earthly parents too. No matter what.  We may not have all the answers right away, but we can certainly seek them together, with God. 

Here is My Prayer For Them: 

Dear Children,

As you grown up, you will learn that this big world we live in is not as crayola perfect as the picture books you read or the cartoons you currently enjoy. So, as we pray each night for our family, friends, and "everyone in the world" with requests of peace and love, let me share a constant prayer on my heart, from a voice of experience... I wish to spare you the pain of having your feelings hurt...but always remember...if they were never hurt, then you might not learn to choose your words more carefully when speaking to others.



You see, mommy has hurt people, from time to time. Usually without intention, yet nevertheless, it has happened. Oh, and mommy has been hurt. Some people believe that people do not change...however, they absolutely can and do. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." -Philippians 4:13.  Sometimes close friendships will end...Sometimes beautiful families will fall apart...Sometimes you may realize it's a part of YOU that needs to change, and so you will need to work on yourself. And pray. And read. And pray. And become the better person, who God intended you to be....to become the friend that others will gravitate towards.  Though whatever you do, and whoever you become...do it authentically and with a genuine heart.  


I pray you never let the words spoken from a thoughtless or insensitive person define you.  "Hurt people hurt people" and as the bible says, "Forgive them...for they know not what they do." Luke 23:24   Children, at times, you will make poor decisions. Sometimes you will directly, or inadvertently hurt others. Once you become aware of your blunders, please humble yourself and attempt to make amends. No matter what the other party says to you, please forgive  yourself. God already has. 



If people decide to walk away from you in life, you will be okay. Let them go...Breath in and learn from it. Remember there are reasons for various seasons. Some friends will blow in for a short season, and others will be there for decades....A friend may end up growing in a new direction...God will reshape and enlighten you through every trial. He will bless you with new relationships that exceed your hopes and enrich your dreams. True friends will rejoice with you and show more love and acceptance than you could ever imagine. Though first you must learn to embrace and love yourself!  Hopefully not your "
selfie"- self. Learn to be selfless. Be thankful and love the way He made you. (Your freckles are His design...your height is perfect...your curls are angelic....you are EXACTLY as He intended for you to be--Beautiful!)  Embrace your imperfections as they are perfectly imperfect parts of who you were created to be!  

I pray you continue to run with passion towards God. Try not to be influenced by what "others" are saying. Keep an open mind that there are always 3 sides to every story: "Your" side, "Their" side and the TRUTH.  However all the truth you will ever need, can be found in your bibles. When in doubt, seek Him...Dear God, may you continuously seek Him. 

Most of all, I pray you always have the courage and character to stand up for who and what you believe in. Walk to the beat of your own drum and make your own decisions about people. I hope your hearts have enough compassion to love and cheer for the underdog!  They need the encouragement...you never know, that under dog could be you some day...In some way. When in doubt, try to put your feet in the shoes of others...not literally!  

Think, reflect, and dream on these words, my sweet little ones: 
Philippians 4:8. Finally...Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy...think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen from me--put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. --This is a verse. This is the word of God.  


And to summarize this in Mommy terms: 
Be the light!  Follow the Light of the world...It is in Jesus name we pray. Amen. 



And as I blow up your pillows, remember to always dream the biggest, sweetest dreams! Happy thoughts...Always knowing how much we love you!  From the moon to the sun, and back through the stars...I LOVE you more! 


--Mommy

5 comments:

  1. This brought tears to my eyes... so beautifully written and most importantly laced in truth!!! They are lucky to have such a wonderful mommy! xoxo

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    1. You are so sweet Christina! Thank you for the kind words....xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much Bella's mom! Do I know you? Is this Carrie? Or.....??? We are blessed to know quite a few Bella's and Moms. ;)

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