Reminded

I was ever so gently reminded once again that I CANNOT do this parenting thing alone.  Typically when I say that, I am referring to the need I have to parent with my best friend, my partner in life.  It certainly takes TWO to parent.  I believe that is the best model but I often leave out a key component.  I have, in fact, neglected (or just simply forgot about) a VERY important third party in this parenting business.

Oh, me of little faith!

uuugh!

I was feeling a bit overwhelmed a few times today with the various aspects of being momma.  I was sitting at my desk at school (which is a miracle in itself for me to SIT at school).  I looked up at the wall behind my computer.  I had tacked up a “Praying Daily for your Children” calendar.  Don’t remember when I did it or why.  For some reason, I snatched it off the wall and put it in my teaching bag.

Strange.

As I drove away from school sans kids, I started to think about all the things that I DON’T turn over to the Lord.  I don’t mean just the issues that arise…and we do have issues!  I felt as if the Lord was speaking to me.  YOU HAVE TO PRAY THROUGH THEIR LIVES.  Huh?

The calendar.  I just stuffed that thing back into my teaching bag.  But why?  I have a few copies at home.

PRAY.

I must confess I despise the being still part of praying so I often abandon the whole thing.  Funny how the sermon on Sunday was about being still and seeking God.   Another confession:  I sat in the back of church and studied for my ESL test.  Yep, I got this being still thing down!

And evidently I am not doing so great with my non resolutions.

So…. I am making a commitment to at least simply pray for my children using this prayer calendar.  I have used it in bits and pieces but have not been wholehearted about it.  Seems like a lot of that is going around in my life lately.

Double ugh.

So….as I have discovered in many areas of my life, accountability is my enemy friend.

I am going to post my prayer for my children for 31 days.  I am starting at an odd day in the month but random is the way I work.

PURITY

“Create in me (them) a pure heart, O God,” (Psalm 51:10) and let their purity of heart be shown in their actions.

I found a grand definition for the word pure:  “free from added matter.”

My prayer is that my children will be full of the Lord and all of His goodness and not be mixed up with all the diluted things of this world.  Of course the first thought that comes to mind when reading the word pure concerns sexual purity.  Of course we need to bathe our kids in prayer for that one at an early age.  I was pondering how now, while they are still non teenagers (barely), we must instill some aspects of purity in them:  absolute, refined, unmixed, filtered, clean, uncontaminated, unpolluted, untainted, concentrated, full-bodied, strong.

So basically, my desire is for them to be like Christ.  I don’t want them to live a watered-down life, a life merged with mixed-up beliefs spoiled by foul ideas and practices.  I want them to live like Christ, free from sin.   Even more grand is to live for Christ.

Here’s to purity.  And Day 1 of 31 Days of Prayer . . . and beyond.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted January 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    You rock! What a fantastic idea! I might just have to steal it, though I’m currently busy failing at another commitment I made to do something for a month!

  2. Tiffany
    Posted January 27, 2011 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    My sweet friend, I’m joining you in this labor of love! My calendar has been tucked away in my bible for some time, and I’ve thought many times lately that I should be about this business! With God’s help, let’s faithfully pray for our little ones!

  3. Ella Tracy
    Posted January 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful blog and a wonderful way to pray for the kids! There is no better way to travel with them on the road to growing up. May the Lord give you wisdom, peace, and calmness every day.


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