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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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5 Ways to Celebrate Jesus at Christmas with your Kids

29 Nov

Christ in Christmas

With all the holiday cheer, holiday baking, holiday shopping, holiday decorations, and holiday music, it is easy for us and our children to loose the real heart behind why we celebrate Christmas. I love all the typical Holiday stuff – Santa & the reindeer, Mariah Carey “All I want for Christmas”, the sparkle of the Christmas tree, and presents under the tree. But with in the midst of all the holiday magic, I strongly believe that our kids have got to know the purpose of why we are celebrating! If we are not intentional about sharing the “why behind the what” of Christmas, our kids can get swept away with Christmas lists and miss that Jesus is at the center of it all.

Here are 5 really practical ways to celebrate Jesus this year at Christmas….

1. Bake a Birthday Cake for Jesus!

Every kid loves a good birthday party! Little kids might not get the whole Jesus in the manager thing, but they understand that a birthday is reason to celebrate! What we have done in the past is sing “Happy Birthday to Jesus” at one of the meals of the day – we bake (or buy) a little cake, put a candle in it, and let the kids sing and blow out the candles. This is just one small but very fun way to keep bringing the focus back to Jesus.

2. Read the Christmas Story as a family!

Start a tradition of reading the story of Christmas as a family at some point on Christmas day. For my family we do it first thing Christmas morning before presents are opened. Before the wrapping paper gets shredded and ribbons start flying, we cuddle up as a family and read the story of Christmas from the Bible …. or from a Children’s Bible for us. Remind your children of the greatest gift of all – Jesus. Spend a moment to direct the attention back to Jesus and the “Reason for the season”.

3. Give Back

A mother’s nightmare is having the spirit of Christmas development greediness and self-focused children. We need to remind our kids that “God so loved the world that he GAVE his only Son”. A good remedy to overt the self-focus of our kids this year is to have them join us and be a part of giving back. Here are some great organizations that do great outreaches during the Christmas season: Operation Christmas Child, Toys for Tots,  Angel Tree, or local or church-based outreaches.

4. Make Your Nativity Set a Focal Point

It might seem like a really simple thing, but keeping one or two nativity sets as a focal point of our Christmas decor is a constant reminder to our children that Christmas is about Jesus. There is nothing wrong with the Santas, the snowmen, gingerbread houses, and Christmas trees, but if that decor is all our children see and baby Jesus in the manager is on display in low traffic areas…. our kids will subconsciously assume that Christmas is not about Jesus.

5. Talk with Your Kids about the “Reason for the Season”  

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, make sure to have age-appropriate heart-felt conversations about why we celebrate Christmas. Explain your heart and your gratitude for Jesus and ask you children to share what Christmas and Jesus being born means to them.

What about you? Are there any Christmas traditions that your family does to keep Christ in Christmas? Share your ideas by commenting below!

Embraced Moments

10 Oct

If I am not careful I can miss the moment that I am in.

I have come to realize that life is a series of “seasons” – you are always going to be in the middle of a “season” and there is always going to be another “season” to look forward to. I can sometimes get so excited about the future, that I miss the moment I am in right now. Or I can be so overwhelmed in a season, that I “escape” by thinking about the future season (as if life will ever get easier!).

Maybe you can relate to these seasons….

When I was single – I wanted to be married

When I was married – I wanted a house

When I was pregnant – I wanted to hold the baby

When I could hold the baby – I wanted the baby to talk

and on and on it goes…

Sometimes we miss the blessing in each moment, because our eyes are onto the next moment. Sometimes we value the future moments, more than we value our current moment.

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11-13 (NLT)

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven….Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. 12 So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. 13 And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.

This scripture reminds us that there is a perfect time and season for everything. And that God blesses and makes beautiful everything when it is in its own time . The scripture goes on to talk about how we can not understand all of God’s plan from beginning to end, BUT we can be happy and enjoy the ride … recognizing the value of each season.

Today, I will choose to love and embrace the “season” that I am in. I recognize that this season is only for a moment, so I will embrace it and love it while I am in it!

Speak it!: Lord, thank-you for today and all the blessings that fill this season I am in. I choose to recognize the season I am in and I choose to embrace it and love it. Thank-you for the gift of life today. I love you, Lord. Amen

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