I LOVE my girls' preschool. We have been so blessed to have wonderful teachers, good friends, and great experiences in the two and a half years that Brantley and/or Grayson have been attending. And once a month they coordinate a mom's group called Cafe Mom, for the moms of the children attending preschool. We get together over coffee, donuts, muffins, leftover cookies from yesterday's playdate, and whatever else everybody brings in, childcare is provided for younger siblings (a God-send) and we talk about topics relevant to this season of our lives, as moms of young children. It has been a really wonderful group for me, where I have met other moms dealing with the same struggles as me, all in very relatable circumstances, and all with such giving, understanding and open hearts.
So, this past Wednesday we had our normal monthly "meeting," and the leader of the Cafe Mom (who also happens to be Grayson's AMAZING teacher two days a week) shared this handout with us about 31 Ways to Pray for Your Children, and I just thought it was too good to keep to myself.
I have talked about praying on the blog before (see here), and talked about the fact that sometimes I just don't know what to pray, and what to say to God. Sometimes my heart is just so overwhelmed with feeling that it's hard to put things into words. I am still working on praying, but if there is anyone that I am going to reach out to God and talk about and pray for, it's going to be my children. But there, I get stuck again. I pray for their health and safety, of course, their happiness, their sweet spirits. But sometimes, I just don't know what else to say, and how to put into words how much I want for them, and how I need God to help them, support them, and be there for them. So enter this awesome resource, 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children (find it for yourself here). 31 different ways to pray for your children, and virtues that any mother would certainly want instilled in their children. I thought this was just brilliant, and such a great reminder (I know, isn't it horrible that I actually need a reminder to pray?? And for my kids?? I'm embarrassed to say it, but it's true) for ways to talk to God about your kids. Pray for your kids to grow in grace. To be generous and peace loving (doesn't the world need a little bit more of that?). Pray for your kids to have a sense of responsibility and a servant's heart. And each prayer has a short bible verse to relate back to the virtue.
Print it out. Put it on your fridge (like I did). Write each prayer in your planner. Pray silently when your kids go to bed. Or pray together, and let them hear you pray for them (an idea that was encouraged in our Cafe Mom discussion). Take a virtue a day and stretch them throughout the month, or pray for all of them everyday. Pick your favorites and talk about them with your kids. Encourage them to pray for these things as well. Geez, pray for these things for yourself! Lord knows I need to pray for grace, contentment, kindness and other things just as much for myself, if not more than for my kids!
I am a work in progress in so many ways, and especially in my faith, so I know that I need all the help that I can get when it comes ways to grow in my faith, especially through my children. I truly appreciated this resource as a better way of communicating with God on my children's behalf, and I hope this may help you as you pray for your children, and to give you a focus each day for teaching them a Godly way to live their lives, and, in turn, learning yourself how to be a better mother and the best example you can be. Again, as I said before, I know I need all the help I can get. :)