Thursday, December 1, 2011

12 Days of Praying for our Children...

Hi Friends :)  Over the past 3 months I have led a group of ladies in praying for our children.  I was prompted by God to do this several months ago when our church was looking for Group Leaders.  When the Pastor of Connecting Ministries put the call out there all these exciting ideas ran through my head...oh I could lead a photography group...or a scrapbooking group...or how about a group of ladies to get together and work on Project Life???  Yes those were all of my initial thoughts...that this was going to be soooo fun and I would get more time doing some of the things I loooove to do.  WRONG.  In the next few days I heard about getting some moms together to pray for our something with eternal intentional about your faith and prayer life and share it.  I have definitely learned my lesson about not listening to God the first time he speaks to me, so I listened and I met with 3 or 4 or 5 ladies once a month to lift up our children and share as Moms.  Was the group a success?  I don't know...if it was based on number of ppl who came out then probably not.  But I don't think that is how God looks at it.  I think He was smiling down on a few ladies who carved time out of one Thursday evening a month to lift up, share and encourage our children and each other.  The results of the group, only He knows for sure.  But for me it opened my eyes to the need to pray for our children often.

My Mother-in-law Barb passed on a list that I am going to share with you over the next 12 days.  What better way to celebrate the season as we prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of His Son Jesus!

Pray for Your Children

1.  That they will know Christ early in life.  

Psalm 63:1
You, God, are my God, 
   earnestly I seek you; 
I thirst for you, 
   my whole being longs for you, 
in a dry and parched land 
   where there is no water.

Lord Jesus I lift up Aidan to you as the oldest child you have blessed us with Father.  Thank you for the 12 years of life you have given him thus far and Lord I pray that his relationship with you becomes more and more real everyday.  That your light shine through Aidan Lord, that your word become a lamp to his feet and a light to his path and that his whole being longs for only You - the divine Creator of the world.  Thank you Jesus!  AMEN

Heavenly Father I praise you for Addison, Asher and Abigail.  Thank you for blessing our family with each of their little personalities, abilities and gifts.  Each of them holds a special place in our family unit and Lord I lift them up to you now that, in their young ages, they may have a desire and yearning for only You.  That they sing your praises to the most high heavenly Father with all their hearts and beings.  That You are made real to them and they each experience your divine love and mercy each and every day of their life Lord.  Thank you Jesus.  AMEN