Archive | April 2013

Praying for our children… Day 11

Society Finches
Society Finches (Photo credit: dog.happy.art)

Precious Lord

I pray that my children will be kind women and men of God, who are of a humble and broken spirit.

I pray that they would tremble at your word and revere your commands.

I pray that they will acknowledge you in all their ways, so that you will make their  paths straight.

I pray that they will not be wise in their own eyes.

That they will fear the Lord and turn from evil.

That this will be healing to their bodies and refreshment to their bones.

Amen

Praying for our children … Day 10

Precious Lord

I pray that my children would be protected from sinful men, men who will influence them in the wrong way

I pray that they would be protected from sinful paths and wrong choices

That your Holy Spirit would convict them and redirect them and keep them on the right paths – paths of righteousness.

I pray that they will have friends who are founded on your word, and who will have a positve influence in their lives.

I pray that they too will be positive influencers in their generation.

As iron sharpens Iron.. may they have such friends, given by you.

 

Know the state of your flocks

Proverbs 27:23

Know the state of your flocks,

and put your heart into caring for your herds.

Yesterday  MMApple woke up and didn’t find his dad home.  He had left earlier.

Lets just say that what followed was half an hour of crying and unreasonable requests from him.

“I want my daddy now!”

Can we call him you speak on the phone?

No! I want my daddy!

and on and on it went on. I choose to ignore him, and that annoyed him, “mummy, you are not talking to me” In my head i was thinking, yes, its very intentional, you are whining!

Let me finish now, don’t look at me that way;-), 

I was here wondering, according to the parenting classes I took, is this a tantrum or whining. How  do i deal with it? Non-rod infraction or rod infraction? (Yes I do believe in Proverbs 22:15… foolishness is  bound in the heart of a child but the rod of discipline drives it far away from him.) 

You see MMApple is 2.5 years, strong willed and a comedian at the same time…so he can annoy you and make you happy in a split second, leaving you wondering whether to discipline him or laugh your head out! He is also opinionated and knows how to clearly communicate his opinion ( MMApple go and close the door! Mummy I will go tomorrow! really? Did I hear right?)

You see, I want mythreeapples to succeed in life, in relationships, in school, at work and in all areas of their lives really. If I am to leave MMApple to go scot free when he defies my instructions and authority, or scream the house down and disrupt everyone’s peace, or manipulate me with his ability to be theatrical, he will lose in the end.  

I am to know my flocks (threeapples) and put my heart into caring for them. Know their strengths  weaknesses, the state of their hearts, their desires, , their likes and dislikes, the stage they are at etal.

Yesterday, I was to my witts end, I had no emotional capacity to handle MMApple, I was frustrated and had one of those ‘im going to throw you under the bed and lock you in the room moments (don’t look at me that way… I know you also have those moments).  But I had to remember I am the parent here and that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! And that I have committed to care for threeapples and bring them up in the way of the Lord.

May you be encouraged as you walk this journey of parenting and may God continue to give us wisdom as we partner with him in caring for His creation.

 

 

Praying for our children … Day 9

Precious Lord

I pray that my children will choose what is right and what brings honor to your Name

I pray Lord that they will not harbour sin in their hearts but will be quick to confess and repent, turning away from sin and walking righteously before you.

I pray Lord that when they do sin, they will be caught.

Amen

Just a follow up note on this prayer:

My older friend and mentor P keeps emphasizing that we need to pray that when our kids sin, they be caught. Why? so that you can correct them and train them in the way they should go.  If they are doing something wrong, e.g lying, and are not caught, then it becomes a habit and eventually a lifestyle.

Praying for our children … Day 8

Precious Lord

I pray that the you, the Eternal God will be my children’s refuge 

and that your eternal arms will be under them.

I pray that you would drive their enemies from before them.

I pray that my children will live in safety,

I pray that you will be their protecting shield and triumphant sword.

Deuteronomy 33: 27-29

Amen

Praying for our children… Day 7

Dear Lord

I pray that my children will be rich in favor

I pray that they will be full of the Lords blessings

May they posses the west and the south

May they bath their feet in olive oil

and Lord, May they be secure all the days of their lives.

Deuteronomy 33:23-25

Amen!