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How to Pray the Scriptures for Your Child

June 10, 2020
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As moms, we want so many things for our children: to love God, to be healthy and happy, to have great friends, excel academically, and so much more. So we take them to doctor’s appointments and tutoring, organize special activities and events, enroll them in sports, arrange play dates, budget for college.

All of these things are fantastic, however, the most important thing we can be doing for our children is praying for them. There is no greater being in all the Universe to impact our child’s future, so we should be petitioning Him at every turn (Luke 18:1-8).

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    By praying the Scriptures for our kids, we are allowing God’s Word to shape our requests to the Almighty. 

    This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

    1 John 5:14

    Sure, we can pray all we want for our kids to be billionaire tech geniuses – but that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s within God’s will – or that it’s all that good for our kids! But by praying the Scriptures we’re not just petitioning God on behalf of our children, we’re utilizing the power of His Word to mold our appeals. 

    Also, I know we all want to pray for our kids – but sometimes, we don’t know exactly what to say. Praying the Scriptures guides us with what to say and how to pray. 

    So, here’s a few examples of Scriptures to pray for our kids as well as how to pray through them:

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    MoM’s Favorite Quotes on Prayer

    April 28, 2020
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    We all know that prayer is important – it’s how we petition the Almighty God with our requests. And the sheer fact that He hears us, and wants to hear from us, is incredible.

    If we really knew and understood just how incredible this is, we would be praying all of the time. Which is probably why Paul tells us to pray…all of the time.

    So here are some of my favorite prayer Bible verses and quotes to get us inspired to pray! At the bottom of this post, you’ll find printable four memory verse cards on prayer. If you want to read a devotional on prayer, click here.

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    COVID-19 Devotionals for Moms Fruit of the Spirit for Moms

    Peace in a Pandemic

    March 25, 2020
    Peace in a Pandemic
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    The next fruit of the Spirit in our series is peace. This is a pretty crazy time to discuss peace. At the time that I write this, the Coronavirus is closing in on half a million confirmed cases. Countries are closing their borders and several U.S. Cities and states have issued stay-at-home orders. We can make jokes about Quarantinis all day, but this is a terrifying situation. 

    So, how should we, as Christians, respond? 

    In my opinion: with preparation, prayer, and peace. I’ve already written about how we should prepare for disaster, so I won’t go in to it here.

    One of the most important things we can be doing right now is praying. If you head to my Instagram, I’m doing a series of daily prayers for this pandemic. Please join me as I pray for our world in crisis. 

    Lastly, we should be at peace. We’ll get into the how later, but let’s talk about what peace is first. 

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    COVID-19 Devotionals for Moms

    Finding Calm in the Storm

    March 23, 2020
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    When I was a sophomore in college, my family went on a 10-day Caribbean cruise over the Christmas holiday. On the last night of the cruise, our ship encountered the outer bands of a tropical storm. I woke up in the middle of the night to the ship rocking so hard I thought it would rock me right out of bed.

    We had recently watched the movie Poseidon – where a cruise ship capsizes – and in my pitch black cabin, armed with those images of the flipped ship, I was terrified. I crossed the hallway to my parents’ cabin and jumped into their bed. From their porthole, we watched the massive waves crashing against our ship. Over ten years later, I still remember that sight.

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    Devotionals for Moms Fruit of the Spirit for Moms

    Fruit of the Spirit: Mama is Love

    March 9, 2020
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    This week, I’m starting a series on the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5. I chose this verse because as moms, I’m pretty sure we all want to be everything in that scripture. Loving, joyful, patient, kind. But it’s hard. We get frustrated, impatient, lose our tempers. We get overwhelmed with the daily burdens of life. 

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

    Galatians 5:22-23

    I wanted to do a deeper dive on this verse to help me (and hopefully those of you reading this) to connect with and understand how we can grow in these areas. 

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    Family Devotionals

    Do Unto Others

    February 28, 2020
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    This family devotional was borne out of wanting Finn to treat his brother well. Overall, he’s pretty gentle and nice to Justus, but every once in a while he’ll snatch a toy from Justus or be a little too rough. We wanted him to be able to think about how others might feel based on his actions. This is a lot for a three-year-old but I was surprised by how much this resonated with him. We’ve referred back to this “do unto others” verse multiple times since discussing it. 

    “Just as you want others to do for you, do the same for them.”

    Luke 6:31

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    Marriage

    Scriptures to Pray Over for Your Husband

    February 24, 2020
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      So you want to prioritize your husband and pray for him more – but what should you pray exactly? Here are some scriptures to pray over for your husband as well as a printable prayer prompt at the end with daily verses to pray. You can also check out this post by My Joy in Chaos with 50+ more scriptures to pray for your husband!

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      First Love: Prioritize Your Husband

      February 24, 2020
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      Last week we discussed how God calls us to love Him first, above our families. This week I wanted to talk about the priorities within our families: that as moms we need to prioritize our husbands – even above our children.

      I say this by way of confession: it’s easy to put my children ahead of my husband. They’re needier – and their needs are more urgent. They’re dependent on me and therefore sap my energy wholly. I know you know what I’m talking about. I remember when we first got married and before we had kids, it was a struggle to keep God first and not elevate my husband above Him. Now, in this stage of life, it’s sometimes hard to remember I have a husband!

      Just kidding. (Sort of.)

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      10 Unexpected Times to Pray

      January 22, 2020
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        This week’s theme is all about prayer. Sometimes I can get caught up in the thought that I don’t have time to pray. But that’s just not true – sure, I don’t have time to pray like I used to, before I had kids, when I could go for long prayer walks at the beach or park, but I have time to pray. And I’ll prove it with this list. 

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        How to Pray Powerfully for Your Children: Praying A.C.T.S.

        January 20, 2020
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        So you want to pray more powerfully for your children, but you’re not even sure where to start. This is one of my favorite methods of prayer that my mom taught me when I was a kid. And now I use it all of the time, even without thinking about it! In this post, I’m going to show you how I pray A.C.T.S. for my kids.

        A.C.T.S. stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. I’m going to go through what that means in a minute, but first let’s talk about what it’s like to pray as a mom.

        Motherhood changes the way we pray.

        I remember when I was a college student and could go for long prayer walks. I could pray about every single little thing I could possibly think of…That seems so far away right now! Some days I’m lucky if I can string together two minutes of prayer. 

        Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

        1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

        But these days what I’m emphasizing in my own life is the call to pray constantly – while I’m mothering, cooking, cleaning, resting, falling asleep, and all the little in-between moments. I pray for my husband, my children, my family members, the members of my small group, my church leadership, this blog. I praise God and thank Him. I tell him what I’m worried about, what I’m excited about, what I’m feeling in the moment. I pray for His will to be done in my life. 

        For more ideas of when to pray, check out this post: 10 Unexpected Times to Pray.

        Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

        Romans 8:26

        Sometimes I just pray: “God…” and that’s all I’ve got. Just like reaching out a hand to know He’s there. So He knows I’m there, relying on Him through this crazy life. 

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