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A prayer in the spirit of unity, hope, & Jesus.

My kids made this sign to celebrate today and the change that Martin Luther King Jr. made. Below that is a picture I took a few years ago of his words from 1963, which spoke so much life and hope into despair years ago, and still do today.

In the spirit of unity, hope, and Jesus, I would love to pray together…

Lord, I thank you for Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream that we would see people for the “the content of their character” over all else, and that the “jangling discords of our nation” would be transformed into a “beautiful symphony of brotherhood”.

In a time where it seems like so much has gone awry, Lord, bring us to that “beautiful symphony of brotherhood” that honors you. Lord, you said in 1 Samuel 16:7 that “The Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Lord, we confess times we haven’t looked at the heart. Jesus, would you give us all hearts to see how you see? Lord, would we care more about the heart of a person than all else? Would you bring people together in your name, as we lay down discord, pride, disagreement, and come together in peace, selflessness, kindness?

Oh, Lord, would you move in a mighty way? You say that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed that we can move mountains and that nothing will be impossible for us.

Lord, we ask you to move mountains in our world, our country, our hearts. Jesus, we pray there would be great change in our world by the power of your Name.

God, would you bring peace to our nation?

We pray that you would change hostility to selflessness. 

We pray you would change anger to kindness. 

We pray you would change pride to humility. 

Would you move us to let go of anger, social media arguing, name-calling, and hatred?

Instead,

would we see Jesus in others?

would they see Jesus in us?

would we love as you loved us? 

would we be lights for our world, our nation, our community, our family, our children?

Lord, would you be our center, our strength, so when we feel weak, helpless, not enough, that we would remember we are enough in You, our Rock, our Deliverer?
We thank you that out of a mountain of despair, there is indeed a stone of hope. You are our Rock, our Deliverer, our greatest Hope.

We can always, always have hope in You. With You, all indeed will be well.
In Jesus’ name, amen.

“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.” Psalm 46

These Kinds of Moments are Impactful to our Children.


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I drove up to a store with my daughter five minutes before it opened. We were in a rush that day so we got there early.

But when it was time to open, the store was still locked. The employee pulled into the parking lot late, and walked toward the store. I asked her if she was opening now, and she said pretty rudely that she wouldn’t open for a while.

I was frustrated, but I stopped myself. My daughter and I talked about how maybe the woman had had a rough morning. How you never know what people are going through. Then, we prayed for her (I don’t always react that way!).

No, it doesn’t give people the right to act any way they want. But, it does make me want to pause and consider that we have no clue what that person is going through and to ask ourselves, Is it better to respond rudely, or to respond with blessing?

These kind of moments are impactful to our children. They notice.

My dad, my hero, has been in the ICU for a month now after getting Covid. He’s one of the strongest people I know. But, it’s been rough. I’m praying Jesus’ healing hand on him and for others going through this. 

Some people don’t know what I’m going through right now, but I’m sure I’ve had shorter reactions and been more emotional than normal. 

Years ago when I was 29-weeks pregnant, my husband had to go on a short work trip while my mom was visiting. The doctors said it was fine since I wasn’t due for a while. But after he flew out, I went into labor. He had three cancelled flights trying to make it back to me before my emergency C-section at 7:20pm. He finally got on a flight, but at 7:20pm while the flight attendant was asking him if he wanted Biscoff cookies, I was having our triplets. She had no idea.

We just don’t know what’s happening in others’ lives when we come across them. 

You’ve had your own times when your heart was bursting within, but people didn’t know what you were going through, and maybe your words came out shorter than normal.

I know it doesn’t mean that people can act any way they want, and I know that some people are rude no matter what they’re going through. But, as Jesus followers, we are called to repay with blessing. 

It doesn’t mean that will be our first instinct, but as we pray, the Holy Spirit will move in a powerful way and change our hearts so they become more like His. 

That is one way to make change for the Lord, one moment at a time.

Oh, Lord, we confess times we have responded with anger, bitterness, and rudeness before compassion. Please forgive us. Would you move our hearts to care about what you care about? Would you move our hearts and our children’s hearts to pray for others before retaliating? Would you give us the self-control Jesus had, the compassion Jesus had, the love Jesus had, even when people were against him. May we be lights that point straight to you, Jesus. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, 

But the  one who is patient calms a quarrel.” Proverbs 15:18

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:9

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Help us be the Moms you Have Called us to be, Today.

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There’s a reason Jesus gave us these words: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God and trust also in me.” John 14:1

He knew we would face difficulty.

There’s a reason the Lord told us “Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3

He knew the world would be chaotic at times.

There’s a reason God told us that He holds all things in His hands: “In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him…I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.”  Isaiah 49, Psalm 95

He knew that sometimes the world would feel like it’s spinning out of control.

There’s a reason Jesus gave us the command to “love one another.” John 13

He knew there would be times our anger and hurt would try to lead the way.

There’s a reason Jesus told us, “if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Matthew 6

He knew that each of us would fall short and need grace from one another. 

There’s a reason Jesus told us that “all things are possible with God.” Mark 10

He knew that sometimes things would seem impossible.

There’s a reason Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” John 14 

He knew that we would feel lost and need Him.

There’s a reason Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8

He knew there would be darkness here, but that even then, we can have hope & walk in the light because He IS the light of the world. 

With Jesus, indeed, all will be well because this isn’t it. With the Lord, is life forever. What hope there is in Jesus. “Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.” – Jesus (John 6)

May we fix our eyes on Jesus, today and always, being the lights he has called us to be and trusting him to be the light to guide us. 

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The Beauty in Hiddenness & Loving Our Kids Through Boundaries

As Christmas approaches, may we ponder and reflect on the beautiful gift we have been given in Jesus, just as Mary did.

With Jesus coming into the world in such a humble way as a manger, I am also reminded about these “hidden” people in the Bible who followed Jesus…

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This is my recent article published by ForEveryMom, “Open Your Hands, Mama”:

My son surprised me a few days ago.

My kids’ friends usually end up coming to our house to play. But, a few days ago, our kids really wanted to go to their new friend’s backyard to play.

I know as our kids get older, we need to begin opening our hands more and more.

So, I said they could, but to not go into their house, that they had to stick together, and that they had to come back in thirty minutes since we’re still getting to know them.

I also told them a new rule that I had learned from a mama with a middle schooler and high schooler.

My friend told her kids that if someone says to look at their phone, to look away and ask what they want to show them first because of how some kids try to show inappropriate content (like pornography and other harmful things).

So, before my kids went to their new friend’s backyard, I told them that if the older sister wants to show them something on her phone, to look away.

That might seem overbearing and strict, but I would much prefer to air on that side, than for them to view something harmful.

As they get older and learn who they can trust, that will adjust some, but right now our kids are looking to us to show them how to make wise choices, so I want to do my best to do that.

That doesn’t mean we’ll avoid all difficulty – part of parenthood is dealing with those tough things – but it does mean we can put rules and procedures in place that will help our kids.

After thirty minutes of playing, our kids came back to our yard with their friends and continued playing.

Later on, I asked them how it went. They said they had a great time. Then, my son said that the older sister said to him, “Hey, I want to show you a picture on my phone.” My son said , “Sorry, my mom told me not to look at other people’s phones.”

She said, “Man, your mom is strict.” And his reply melted my heart and will probably last me the year: “No she’s not. She’s the best mom in the world.”

I know our kids don’t always choose wisdom or the right thing to do, so when they do, we sure should enjoy it.

I wasn’t just proud of him for not caring what she thought and for speaking so lovingly about me, but for being trustworthy.

Even though the picture she wanted to show him was probably innocent, he chose wisdom. He chose listening to me. I told him how proud I was of him and how that moment built my trust in him.

Let’s do our best to emphasize open communication and the importance of trust with our kids. To tell them they can talk to us about anything and to always be honest with us.

It doesn’t mean they always will, but when they choose dishonesty, it’s our responsibility to give them natural consequences, and to redirect them. They’re kids – they’re meant to challenge us. But, our role as parents is to continue redirecting them to wisdom, to the Lord, to love – one moment at a time.

That’s our role as parents, isn’t it? To prepare them for the real world, to equip them to choose wisely, and then to open our hands, bit by bit, praying and trusting the Lord, one moment at a time.

Originally published by ForEveryMom. Link below:

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Wherever you are in life and whatever season you’re in, as Christmas comes, I pray that the Lord Jesus would connect with your heart, encourage you, and fill you with HIs awesome love for you.

Merry Christmas!