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8 prayers I pray for my children

8 prayers I pray for my childrenSo often I find myself wondering what kind of world we are leaving our children. It is in these moments that I find myself silently praying for my kids and most often it’s one of these 8 prayers I pray for my children. Mind you, these prayers aren’t lofty nor are they spoken aloud. These are the silent, constant prayers that mothers find themselves praying.

Whether it’s in specific thought, or during those times when sleep evades us…when tragedy strikes another family and we are counting our blessings while grieving with them. A mother’s prayer is constant. It’s a bath of protection and blessing and desires and hopes and faith…a jumbled mess we hand over to the Father. These are 8 prayers I pray for my children.

I pray for my children’s safety

Our world is so dangerous. Some may say it’s always been dangerous, but I see it creeping precariously close to the safety of the home. People are becoming more evil in how they would harm children or how they would harm random people, no matter the age. I pray for my children’s safety. I pray for God to protect them with warrior angels. Warriors. To fight the evil that exists around us at all times. So I pray for my children’s safety. As Girl Child has prayed for, “the strongest bubble that no one can break through!”.

I pray for my children to stay close to each other

This one sits in the back of my mind and I pray on it when it bubbles to the front. I pray my children remain close friends. Hopefully we will be around for a long time but when we are gone, my children will have each other. And I pray that they rely on each other and confide in each other. I pray that they look out for each other and keep up with each other. They can still irritate the mess out of each other because that is sibling right, but at the end of the day I pray that they always love each other. It’s simple but it’s important.

I pray for my children’s future spouses

Yep. And I know many other parents who do the same thing. I pray for my son’s wife and my daughters’ husbands. And I pray for their safety and I pray for God to guard their hearts and minds. That they are immersed in God’s Holy Word and I pray for their health. I pray that God helps them to make good decisions along the way as they are growing. It’s all important…from childhood to adulthood and these future spouses need to be bathed in prayer just as much as my own children are.

I pray for my children’s hearts

I pray that the seeds we plant in their hearts about their Heavenly Father are deep-rooted, healthy and strong. That they will judge everything they encounter with the knowledge they gain each day from studying the Bible and that the world is no match for God’s promises. I pray that they have joy in their hearts that cannot be taken away.

I pray for my children’s sweet dreams

Sweet dreams. Sleep is the place for rest and recuperation from a busy day. I pray for sweet dreams for my children so that their sleep is truly restful. So that their bodies can rejuvenate and be ready for the next day of learning and excitement. Sweet dreams ensure peace whereas nightmares causes anxiousness. So I pray they are able to rest and that their imaginations will deliver wonderful stories to them throughout the night.

I pray for what my children will become when they are grown

I can only imagine now what each child will become or where their interests will take them. So I pray for what they will become because all of that starts now while they are young. What they’re exposed to, what captures their interest, what comes naturally to them…it starts now. I pray that they find something they are truly good at and something that grabs their interest. And I pray they love what they become.

I pray for my children’s happiness

Happiness is a luxury and I pray my children have an abundance of happiness in their young lives. I pray they see the happiness in their world. That they see the joy in the little things all around them. I pray that their happiness is infectious and that they share it with as many people as possible. And I pray that their happiness only grows and that they enjoy being happy.

I pray for my children’s childhood

Their childhood is so very important. So many children no longer get to have a real childhood because they are forced to grow up so quickly. Perhaps it is how fast our world is with technology. I pray my children are able to hold fast to their childhood and that they enjoy their time for as long as possible. I also pray that we are able to protect their childhood and we are able to shield them from whatever seeks to steal our children’s childhood away from them.

So I pray for them all the time. Sometimes with words, sometimes my prayer is simply the thoughts in my mind and on my heart. But I pray for my children. Every day.

Children, Children's Bible Study, Family

Being a Good Friend- Children’s Bible Study

Being a Good FriendWe are so excited to announce our newest children’s Bible study, hot off the press! This Bible study is called ‘Being a Good Friend’ and it’s geared toward younger children so it’s a simple but effective walk through scripture passages each week night over the course of a month. Each day highlights a Bible verse that talks specifically about friendship. Of course the greatest display of friendship was when Jesus laid His own life down for His friends so moving through these scriptures with your children will give them a clear understanding of what a good friend looks like, both being a friend to others and also what a friend should look like to your child.

This is a great time to talk about being a good friend with school starting back up. It’s so easy for children to gravitate toward unhealthy relationships in school and in the neighborhood. But when you plant seeds of scripture in their hearts when they’re young, they will better be able to discern between good and not so good choices. And when they find friends that bring out their very best, your children will grow in healthy and strong relationships that they will come to depend on when things get tough.

As far as Bible study goes, you can never start too early with your children. This simple, quick study gives you the time with your child to study the scriptures together. For you to model what Bible study looks like, and for your child to begin her journey with Christ.

Encourage your child to journal during the process- for him to write down his thoughts. And for her to put into her own words what the scriptures mean to her. Not only will you have a precious keepsake, but your child will be developing Bible study skills along the way.

We sure do hope you like this simplistic children’s Bible study. And we pray that this precious time with your child is a blessing to you. Here’s the link for you to sign up to receive the free Bible study: Bible study

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Our Best- Vol 1, Issue 3

the (4)I’m a day late and a dollar short…well two days late, but who’s counting!

Today, this regular Tuesday, I think I just want to say this to you and hope that this falls on the right “ears” because it was said last week in a meeting I attended and it hit me like a ton of bricks.

You should never be bitter in the work you are doing. Do all things the very best that you can. And along the way, look for and find your purpose and calling in God’s design for your life.

If you don’t know what your purpose and calling is or don’t know where to look, ask God to help you find it. Specifically ask Him to help you find your purpose and calling in His design your your life.

Here’s the other part…listen and wait on Him. (The waiting is the hardest part, right?)

Be encouraged this week and know that God’s got great things in store for YOU!

Heather,
The Best For Our Family

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Prayer Request Cards for Kids!

Here’s an adorable, FREE Prayer Request Card printable for you to use with your little kids. You can print these out as many times as you want…no limit. You can find this by clicking here: My Prayer Requests!)

Have you child fill out a card- maybe at dinner or after brushing teeth and putting on pajamas. Prompt him or her to think about specific things to pray about to encourage this kind of thinking on his or her own. Doing this will help establish good prayer habits while children are young. It spurs them to think of others, to think of ways they can lean into God and to trust in Him.

Bonus…parents, you get the sweetest responses written in your child’s handwriting and you’ll most likely melt into a puddle of goo.

You’re welcome!

Let me know what you think of these and please feel free to share!

Children, Family

The magnificence of a mother’s love

A mother's loveWhen we were kids, we wondered who Mom and Dad loved the most. There has to be a “best” or “the most” in every situation, right?! How can a mother’s love or a father’s love extend to all the kids?

To some extent, I think we still think the same way until we have children of our own. It’s a hard concept to fathom until you’ve actually experienced multiple littles. I remember when girl child was born and our family was a family of three. This was wonderful. She was everything we wanted in a child. We enjoyed her so much and loved her to pieces.

And then, out of the blue we found out that boy child was on the way. How in the world would we love him as much as we loved girl child?! How is that even possible? Before his arrival I often thought of how I would try to make myself love him equally. How can a mother’s love grow to more children? Looking back, how foolish a thought that was. When he arrived, I instantly loved him to pieces, too. I didn’t have to try to love him- it just poured out of me. And there was no taking away of any of the love I had for girl child. I didn’t have to divide my love at all. There was just more of it. And the very same thing happened again with the arrival of baby girl.

It’s an interesting thing- a mother’s love for her children. The mother’s heart doesn’t ever run out of love. Whether there is one child or seven children- there is enough love. And it’s not “just enough” love, but abundant love. And it’s not measurable; it’s overflowing and never-ending. It’s relentless.

What an example of the love the Father bestows on us. How many children does He have? And how does He love all of us? Equally? Uniquely? Such a beautiful example of His love for us is our love for our own children.

We don’t question our love for our children. Why, then, would we ever question God’s love for us- His own children?

Children, Family

What’s my gift?

FullSizeRender-7Yesterday I ran to the home improvement store to pick up a few things, including some supplies for girl child’s last science experiment for her class. She is testing her hypothesis on which type of water will make a plant grow best. Little did I know that we would have a wonderful discussion on what her gift is.

Since a lot of what I was getting was for her, I smuggled her out of the house so as not to alert boy child or baby girl that we were going somewhere without them!

The trip itself was largely uneventful…we picked up the supplies we needed and headed to check out. Of course, girl child stops to smell the flowers and I love that she loves this.

When we we in the car returning home, girl child asked me what her gift was. I know what she meant by this because she likes to ask this question. This is how she starts a conversation about God. What gift He has blessed her with. There is something distinctly unique about her- she knows it and we see it. We’ve talked to her about how God has a distinct purpose for her. He’s given her specific gifts so she can complete her purpose. I think that idea intrigues her as she is also very nosey by nature and wants to know what’s going on at all times. So the idea that there’s a plan in her life but she doesn’t yet know what it is is extremely interesting to her.

I told her that God knew millions and billions of years ago that she would be created when and the way she was. And, He knew that she would have a specific purpose for Him. She asked me what that purpose was and I told her honestly that I didn’t know. But in God’s time He will let her know.

In the course of this conversation, which seems very deep but in actuality was very light and simple, I decided to give girl child a new idea to munch. So I asked her why God put us on Earth instead of just making us in Heaven. This thought really got her little wheels spinning and while she was pondering, I gave her a possible answer:

What if God put us on messy, sinful Earth to give us the chance to decide for ourselves to choose God? Rather than just putting us in Heaven, He has allowed us to experience this life. To come to our own conclusion that God is who we want and Heaven is where we want to be.

She liked this idea a lot. It gave her subsequent thoughts of how people choose God and how some don’t choose Him. How some people don’t know to choose Him. That’s when I reminded her of her gift and her purpose…

What if God knew you would choose Him? He’s going to use you to help others choose Him. Looking back in the rearview mirror, I saw beaming eyes and a smile that said that she liked that idea.

 

Children, Family

Good from bad

So sometimes life is kind of crappy. No matter what’s going on, you just can’t seem to get above it. It just stinks. Why keep trying?

People often say ,“Why does God let bad things happen to good people?”

What a huge question…especially to those who don’t have faith or believe in the God who gave us His best.

He gave us His Son who took on the sin of the world.
Your sin and mine.
He had to look away from His own Son.
For us.

We live in a broken and fractured world, tarnished by Satan. We live in a world where Satan does all he can to ruin God-purposed lives. The bad is because of Satan. Plain and simple.

So then, why does God just “let” bad things happen if He’s so powerful? Why doesn’t He just use His power and fix it?

God doesn’t need to prove His power to us. That’s not how He wants us to choose Him. He wants us freely, despite when bad things happen.

Our free will.
Our decision to follow Him.

There’s a scripture that says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

So when bad things happen, God makes good out of it. Bad things happen because this world is sinful. It can’t be a perfect world. That’s not God’s fault. That’s our fault. So it’s not His fault when things go bad here.

But God is loving and kind and uses bad things to make good things.

IMG_8949All bad things have side effects. Bad things can make us stronger, they can give us perspective to help others who are going through a similar situation, they can draw us closer to family.

There’s a tree in our yard that smells just horrible when the Spring comes. Sometimes I look at that tree and think it’s horrible! But recently, my little boy brought me a flower from that tree and honestly it’s beautiful.

Beautiful things come from horrible things.