Nothing could have prepared me for the moment the ultrasound tech announced, “you’re getting a baby.”.
or the time her lovely, petite self was born into the world.
my heart was overflowing.
i saw us going shopping together, staying up late for girl talk, and bondingfriends would.
as much as i’ve enjoyed doing all of these stuff with all of my children, i’ve come to appreciate the significance of the various roles i share with them.
do i want to hang out with them and have a good time with them? Of course!
but my job as a mother is more complex.
it bears the responsibility of educating them about god’s goodness, shaping their character, and assisting them in being the woman god designed them to be.
raising girls has been a blessing as well as a burden for me.
i’ve discovered that the older they get, the more i need to get them closer to christ.
i don’t always know anything, and i don’t always have the stamina to deal with the drama.
god, on the other hand, does. In my devotion to him, i acquire the wisdom to know just whether to pray for them and how to pray for them.
i want to pray for my daughters in the following three areas:
Her Mind & Thoughts
Thank you, lord, for my beautiful children. get them closer to you, father. i realize you’ve given them christ’s soul, but lord, let them fully comprehend what that entails for them. reveal your word to them in a way that makes them yearn to discover who they are and who they belong to. As they pass the teenage years, keep their hearts and minds secure. allow them to be drawn to you rather than the stuff of this universe. defend their hearts from any hostile attack.
in jesus’ name, i condemn any lie, plan, trick, or scheme that the enemy may attempt to use against them. i am grateful that jesus died on the cross for their freedom–mind, body, soul, and spirit. as i teach them about you, please guide and direct me. allow me to be a living example of your goodness in their lives. amen, in jesus’ honor.
i thank you, father, for the incredible burden of raising children. over each of them, i pray for your blessing and favour. as they begin to rise, may the lord shield and cover them. allow them to see themselves through your eyes–as a masterwork that you have meticulously created. assist them in dressing and presenting themselves in a respectable manner. assist me in instilling in them a sense of worth as daughters of the most high. i pray that they place their confidence in you alone, not in what others think or feel about them. assist them in being happy with the way you produced them, rather than yearning for anything more. amen, in jesus’ honor.
relationships with others
Thank you, god, for my daughters and the relationships you’ve offered them. lord, please allow them to be drawn to healthy friendships that will make them grow closer to you. protect them from connections that may take them down a dangerous road or in the opposite direction. wherever they go, keep them safe. lord, please assist me in teaching them how to be true friends and guardians in their relationships. allow them to still be gracious and respectful, putting others before themselves. god, i hope that they feel at ease with who you have made them to be. and they will never feel compelled to put on a show for someone or pretend to be someone they are not in order to make friends. when they walk closely with you, let the light shine into them. amen, in jesus’ honor.
i would want to pray for my daughters with the following scriptures:
let’s not just talk about love, my children; let’s put it into effect. the only way we’ll realize we’re living honestly, in god’s truth, is if we do this. it’s also a way to silence crippling self-criticism, even though it’s justified. god, after all, is better than our anxious hearts and knows more of us than we do. 1 John 3:18-20 MSG
if you associate with smart people, you will become intelligent; if you associate with idiots, you will get into trouble. Proverbs 13:20 NLT
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
so we set our gaze on what is invisible rather than what is visible, for what is seen is transient, while what is unseen is permanent.
2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV
The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in and puts his confidence in the Lord will be exalted and safe.
amp version of proverbs 29:25
if you have any prayers for your daughters in particular? i’ve discovered that praying for my family specifically allows me to let go of the fears and concerns that come with being a wife and mother.
SALT & LIGHT FEATURE
This week I’m sharing a great article posted in our Salt & Light Facebook Group by Jana Carlson on praying for your family. i adore praying for my family deliberately and purposefully from god’s word. nothing is more effective than praying scriptures.
this is what jana means…
…prayers based on scripture are effective. not only are you praying god’s word and in compliance with his will (which is the most powerful prayer you can ask! ), but the prayer is also shaping, changing, and molding your own spirit.
These prayers for my family have started to mold my heart’s wishes as i’ve prayed them. the information i’m searching for has shifted. These particular passages are those I’ll be praying until I’m with Jesus face-to-face (Isaiah 40:8, Matthew 24:35). i, on the other hand, would never tire of praying for them.
and i know without a doubt that he is responding to them. and it is his pleasure…