Our kids don’t need elaborate. They remember time together, laughing, the little things. Have a Merry Christmas enjoying the little things.
This seems so simple – to pray for our kids when they’re struggling.
But, it can be easy to get lost in their worries and ride the wings of anxiety than to bring it to the Lord.
This last few weeks, my daughter has been feeling anxious. It happens several times a year – the morning, full of stomach aches and clinging to me.
She pushes through and goes to school. After school, she usually shares that she has had a great day.
But, the next morning it happens again. It goes in phases. She’s such a joyful, happy kid, but then the anxiousness will hit her.
When I found myself absorbing it, I got up early, grabbed a cup of coffee, and prayed.
So simple, yet so easy to become too busy to do.
To pine after solutions when we need to bring it to their Lord.
There are definitely practical things we can do to help our kids when they struggle, but let’s not forget to talk to the Lord about it.
I sat in our sunroom, praying for our sweet girl.
In the middle of lifting her up, I heard little footsteps at 6:15. She said, “Mommy, can I sit with you.”
I told her I was in the middle of praying for her – what perfect timing.
So, we snuggled close in my tiny chair and prayed together.
I shared three verses I had read that morning that I felt were for her.
In her struggles, I’m glad she knows I’m praying for her and that the Lord is with her.
When we are filled with anxiety about our children, remember that Jesus tells us to ALWAYS pray and NEVER give up. There is ALWAYS hope. When we are overwhelmed, take rest in the Lord.
Jesus, please be with our children right now. I lift up those who have minds filled with anxious thoughts. Would you please fill their hearts and minds with you instead. Help them release worry and replace it with your peace, your joy, your hope. Please give them great and strong friendships. We ask for wisdom with how to lead our kids and how to encourage them to be strong, while still comforting them. I pray each of our children would look to you. Jesus, please help them look to you. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Here are the three verses I mentioned earlier:
“When I am afraid,
I will trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I will not be afriad.
What can mortal man do to me?” Psalm 56:3-4
“God will go before me.” Psalm 59:10
“O my Strength, I sing praise to you;
you, O God, are my fortress, my
loving God.” Psalm 59:17