Lord you gave me these children…now what?
“Lord you gave me these children now what?” Many of us mommies can relate to this very question and spend our lives searching for how to the best we can be for them. But the truth that I found is it has been through prayer that I am able to be the mommi God created me to be for Jeremiah (11yrs), Jonathan (8yrs) and Jaxon (2yrs).
Praying for my sons has become a necessary part of my mommihood journey. Every day I wake up knowing that they’ll encounter something that is completely out of my control and there is nothing I can do to prevent it from happening. This is a realization which brings me to my knees in prayer for my sons.
As mommies, our children are gifts from God to provide for, protect, show the love and grace of Jesus, and prepare for their own journey through life. Neither their daily circumstances nor the overall course of their lives are things we get to decide or have control over; no matter how much I want to pick their wives or control what career they choose.
And so what do we have left to do at the end of the day when we’ve poured every ounce of energy into raising kind, respectful, God-honoring children and keeping them healthy and safe? We can take our worries, our doubts and our unfulfilled expectations to God! Be grateful that we don’t have to be in control.
The power of prayer
Lastly, never forget the power of praying for our children and holding them with open hands through trust and faith in our Creator. Now I know this is easier said than done. I mean we went through a lot to bring these little ones into the world, so of course we know what’s best for them; right?
Well God loves our children more than we ever possibly could and is holding them in His all-powerful hands. Jude 1:20 says, “But you beloved building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.”
In our weakest moments of anger, fear, doubt, hurt and pain we can take those burdens to the feet of Jesus who is at the right hand of the Father making intercessions for us. I encourage you mommi to not lose sight of the Father in your anger and fear, because God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
The following books/devotionals I found on Amazon have been helpful in praying for, teaching and stewarding my boys:
“Praying Circles Around Your Children” by Mark Batterson
“The Power of Blessing Your Children” by Mary Ruth Swope
“Daily Devotions for Brave Boys” by Barbour Staff
“The Purpose Driven Life Devotional for Kids” by Rick Warren
“The One Year Devotions for Active Boys” by Jesse Florea and Karen Whiting
“The Way: God Inspired Advice for Today’s Teen” by Charles & Stephanie Amey
“The Action Storybook Bible” Illustrations by Sergio Cariello and Text by Catherine Devries
“The Action Bible” Illustrations by Sergio Cariello and General Editor Doug Mauss
Thank you for reading. Sending your family love and light.