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.

 

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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!

He did it Just For Me!

He did it just for me…

I am stunned at why of all the people he chose me…

I look at me and I don’t like what I see, I don’t like what I have done in the past, I don’t like the history. Forget the history, the current thought… yes that one…how can he choose someone who just thought that, who just did that, who was so not kind to that person who came by their life, who who who who lied, gossiped, made no effort to spend even a little time with him today? Ohhh I could go on and and on and on….

But!

 He still did it

just for me!

 

You see, He loves me so much.  Not because of what I have done or not done.  Not because I made time for him. Not because I have hidden his word in my heart and can quote it whenever or because I go to his house every Sunday or because I sing for him amazingly *in the showerJ*….

 No!

He just loves me

He says I am the apple of His eye.  He says he has loved me with an everlasting love.  That no one and nothing can separate me from his love. He says that he is my father. He says that I am his friend that I am his brother sharing in the same inheritance (did I mention that he is part of the royal family, Son of the King, and at the same time a King?  Yes, they even call him, King of Kings).  Look at that… doesn’t that make me a princess? If my father is the King of Kings, it sure does make me a princess.

Yes!  

Just for me.

You see, he got me out of the mucky pit; he took me as filthy as I was from that pit and he gave me a new lease of life.  He took me just as I was, accepted me just as I was and embraced me with his love to the point of death. Died! Just for me.

He is risen! He is risen indeed! What joy. What love! What peace! No greater love that this.

Just for me!