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 worries and anxiety instead of bringing it to the Lord.
A while ago, my daughter went through a season again where she was feeling anxious. When she was younger, it happened several times a year – the morning, full of stomach aches and clinging to me.
She would push through it and go to school each time and after school, she usually would share that she had a great day.
But, the next morning it would happen again. She’s such a joyful, happy kid, but then the anxiousness would 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 the 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.
Then, I heard little footsteps at 6am. 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. When we are overwhelmed, find rest and hope in the Lord by praying.
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. And, help us mamas do the same. Please give them great and strong friendships. We ask for wisdom with how to encourage our kids 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 shared with my daughter:
“When I am afraid,
I will trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
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 59:1