I hope that you've enjoyed these posts this month in our series. I am sure that I could go on and on! With the exception of the Blog Hop week, I work very hard to keep posts to roughly 900 words max, which is a challenge for me! I want these posts to be something you can read in a few minutes, not hours! As I have been writing over the last year, I think that the topic of discipleship is the one that is nearest and dearest to my heart. This is why I want to:
- encourage moms to cultivate their relationship with God, for it is out of our own relationship with Him that we have the strength, desire, and wisdom to disciple our kids
- see marriages grow, for it is the best foundation and the most secure base from which to proceed in discipleship. Plus, we really can't do this job alone! We need each other.
- provide practical help in homemaking, for when we can use our time efficiently, cut corners in meal preparation, find ideas to create a clean, warm home atmosphere, and steward our resources wisely, we are free to invest our best moments in the work of training our kids, not putting out fires.
Of all the hats that we wear as mothers, I think that raising our children in the ways of God is the pinnacle of our calling. It's not about being the perfect mom who dresses their kids well, has time to make homemade lunches every day, or has every minute of the day filled to the brim. It is about being who we want our children to be, and then out of that overflow, guiding them into the ways of Jesus.
Powered by Prayer
Even though I have not mentioned prayer throughout this series, I hope that you know that it is a given. But lest we forget, I wanted to devote today's post to it.
I will be the first to confess that I like to be in control. I like to run a tight ship around here. But life doesn't work that way, does it? Circumstances change. Sickness overtakes us. Unwanted situations thrust themselves in our faces, whether we want them or not.
So it is with parenting and training. While we are to do all we can, there is only so much change we can effect in our children. Ultimately, the work of changing and shaping the heart belongs to God alone. There is an interplay between praying and doing. Prayer, I have found, is the only way to remind myself of my true position as partner, servant and representative of my Lord. It keeps me dependent and aware of my inability, protects me from pride, and reminds me that I am but a steward. Without prayer, it is easy to rely on myself to make the changes in my kids. When I do not pray, I am more prone to yell, discourage, and tear down my children. I do not have it in myself.
What I Pray For
Every morning (or at least, that's my goal!), I pray for my children. I pray:
- for their salvation, for my faithfulness in sharing the Gospel, for the Spirit to awaken their dead hearts and enlighten their eyes, and for them to choose Jesus
- for their growth in faith, trust, and confidence in God, especially when they are going through difficult seasons
- for their love for God to deepen into more than just a set of do's and don'ts
- for their character to reflect the heart of God, to mirror Him to others
- that they will grow a heart for people, regardless of social, economic, racial or spiritual status, and that they will seek to bless them and minister to them with the love of God
- that they will grow in wisdom and understanding in the midst of a world that is increasingly more corrupt and evil
- that they will boldly stand up for Jesus and speak up for Him when appropriate, sharing the words of life
- that they will discern, develop and exercise their spiritual gifts to build up the church, so that it can reflect Him
- that they will tactfully, thoughtfully, and wisely share the Gospel to others wherever they go.
I pray my dreams for them: for their hearts, for their relationships, for their futures. I pray my fears and seek His protection. But ultimately, I need to remember that as much as I love them, they are in hands that are far more loving and capable than mine. He is in charge.
As we seek to raise our children and disciple them, we must turn to Him and Him alone. As He guides, leads and directs, let us move as He moves, championing the things He does, and modeling the life of Jesus to our children. Over all these things, let us bathe our efforts with fervent prayer that trusts in Him alone.
It is the only way to raise godly kids.
How is your prayer life? Who are you relying on for change?
What is one thing that God would want you to pray for each of your children?