Tag Archives: Motherhood

How to Pray: When there is too much to pray for

8 Dec

how to pray

“I hope I am doing this right” – the heart cry of every parent.

We all want our kids to have the best life possible. We want them to have good friends, stay out of trouble, be healthy, find a loving spouse, be successful, have character/integrity…. and the list goes on.

With the future so unknown and with so much that we could fear  – we all find ourselves on our knees frequently just praying “God help me”.

We frantically try to pray for everything we might ever need to pray for our children.

Our prayers might go something like this…

Oh Lord…

  • May my kid know his/her worth.. May they know they are loved.
  • Protect my kid from danger and from situations that would cause them harm..
  • Godly friends and good influences in school, good teachers, good grades…
  • Help my kid have a relationship with You and desire to live right.
  • My kid’s future spouse and future kids…bless them
  • Help my kid be influential and leader for his/her generation.
  • Strengthen my kid to make good decisions….
  • …. Oh, Lord…. just help!

All of these prayers are good, and beneficial, and necessary, and I pray all these same prayers too… but I have found comfort in one prayer that I pray for my kids everyday… and this prayer seems to cover most all the other prayers…

Lord, may my kids know You, know Your voice, and obey Your voice.”

I can not possibly pray for every situation my child may encounter – but if my child knows God, knows His voice, and obeys His voice… I can trust that God will gently lead and guide my child through all the seasons of life.

John 10:14,27

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me …. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

This scripture/prayer is such a great promise to stand on for our kids.

This scripture promises Christians that:

  1. God knows our kids
  2. Our kids know God
  3. Our kids hear/listen to God’s voice
  4. Our kids obey/follow God’s voice.

All the other specific prayers great and necessary. However, I have found peace exerting most of my prayer energy on a daily basis to this simple prayer: “Lord, may my kids know You, know Your voice, and obey Your voice.”

Speak it: God, I believe that Your Word says that as Christians we know You, know Your voice, and follow Your voice. Lord, I pray and believe that from a very young age all of my children will know you, know your voice, and obey your voice. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Motherhood: Did I sign-up for this?

6 Oct

Me? a mom?

I remember at the very end of my pregnancy with Ella, I had an interesting revelation.

I realized this: “I have always wanted to have kids… but I did not necessarily always want to be a ‘mom'”

It was at the end of my pregnancy with Ella that all the sudden my pregnant belly was drawing attention from a different crowd … and my identity was quickly shifting from a 20-something young professional …. to a “prego”!

You might be thinking, “having kids” and “being a mom” are the same thing. But somehow in my mind they were two very different things. Growing up, I always knew that I wanted kids – that was never a question. But, being a “mom” was a whole notha thing!

Any other young mom can understand what I am saying here. There is a big identity shift that happens when you go from being a young married woman or a young working professional to being a “mom”. Your entire life flips upside down and your entire identity shifts in what seems overnight.

You used to go out for coffee with friends frequently, get your nails done, and exercise whenever you wanted. Now as a mom, your hair is rarely fully done, a long shower feels like the spa, and you have to find a babysitter to exercise!!

Honestly, looking back  on my daughter’s first year of life – I think I had a mini (big) identity crisis. Because of the way I am wired, I get energized by accomplishing/achieving things … moving the “ball” down the court of life. So, when I cut my hours at work, lost “titles”, and slowed down my pace to be home with my baby a couple days a week… I had to redefine and revalue the things that filled my days.

When this transition into motherhood peaked, I thought …  “Lord, help!”. I realized I needed to find significance, purpose, and value in my new role as a mom and embrace the new sacrifices of that role.

To deal with this identity crisis, I had to find a scripture to stand on to base my identity (to be a target) in my new role as a new mom, and Psalm 113:19 hit home for me.

Psalm 113:9 – Like a joyful mother of children

Once I embraced that fact that I indeed was a “mom”, I wanted to make sure that when my kids were old and moved away from home that I could look back on my life as a mom and say that it was a joyful time…. that I fully embraced it and was joyful in the midst of it!

As moms, I do not think any of us knew exactly what we were signing up for. But when motherhood is embraced, it is indeed one of God’s most priceless and tender gifts.

Speak it!: Lord, I embrace the gift of motherhood. Help me to be a joyful mother of children. Help me to see the joy, humor, and blessing in every moment as a mom. I love you, Lord!

He [promises] to protect

12 Aug

God promises divine protection for you and your family. This divine protection is something I have been meditating on lately. As I study God’s Word, I am reminded that Psalm 91 is loaded with protection promises! As a parent it is easy to become concerned about your children… or even your spouse. If you ever find yourself in fear about your children or your spouses’ protection, I encourage you to hangout in Psalm 91 until your faith in God’s protection is greater than your fear!

Check out Psalm 91 and speak the promises it declares about your family!

Psalm 91:

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”

Speak it:

  • Our family abides under the shadow of the Almighty (vs.1)
  • God delivers my family from dangerous traps and snares (vs. 3)
  • Under His wings we take refuge (vs. 4)
  • No danger or harm shall come near my family (vs. 7)
  • No evil shall come near my family. No plague (sickness or evil) shall come near my home (vs. 10)
  • God’s angels are appointed to guard my family and lift us from danger (vs. 11)

Lord, thank-you for your protection. I believe what Your Word says – that my family is safe and no evil shall come near us. I love you and I rest in knowing that You promise to protect.

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