Was this week in the video not a wake up call on the harsh realities of parenting? That our kids will make bad choices, or that circumstances will fall on them that quickly spin out of control and potentially change the course of their lives forever? Fortunately, the situation shown to us turned out well – very well – but we all know we are one experience away from a life-changer.
Sobering thought it is.
A good friend invited me to join her in a challenge for this year to diligently pray a BIG prayer for each of my family members. She has actually chosen a verse to pray over each of her gang, as well as her husband. She has written the verses on index cards, tied them all together, and committed one day of the week to each family member. I’m always game for such challenges, so I was glad to accept her invitation. God is so good and provided me with the perfect verse to get me kicked off in my prayer pursuits. It came to my attention on this blog post, and it speaks directly to dreams and hopes my husband and I have had for years. I keep being pointed to the truth that our God is able to do more than we could ever ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20), and we have not because we ask not (James 4:2). I truly believe that we pray far too little prayers for our Great Big God! ”Please bless _____” is pretty lame. God already promised blessings to those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ. We’ve got to learn to stretch ourselves farther than that!
This is the verse that I will be praying over our children. I imagine God will give me other verses throughout the year, so I have attached more blank cards to my group. For now I chose to include 7 total, the number of completion. ; ) Did you catch the symbolism of the wise owl couple underneath my Scripture? This little scalloped table sits as part of my favorite spot to enjoy quiet time.
I have also wanted to memorize this verse that I was given by one of our church elders over Progress Over Perfection blog. I love it as I continue to post thoughts here, both to bless you and to keep myself in check.
If you are inspired by this idea, feel free to join us! Let’s believe God for BIG things this year!
Back to our study…Those of you who are action-oriented, who want a step-after-step plan on how to apply Spiritual Parenting in your homes and families may be feeling a bit disoriented by the study thus far. I know there are a couple of you out there, because you have spoken to me. Where there are a few, I’m guessing there are more. To that need for action steps, may I encourage you with a verse Neil spoke about in church on Sunday?
The thread that needs to be woven through this entire study, through our entire lives, is that of being yielded to the Spirit. This takes practice. Neil encouraged us to be asking each day, Lord what do you want me to do and say, how do you want me to respond and behave this day? God wants to show up in this request! As we practice living a life guided by the Holy Spirit, I believe this behavior will be caught by, as well as taught to, our children.
I mean, think about it. How else could Michelle have responded to her daughter’s bad choice in such a grace-giving way? Was anyone else as impacted by her response as I was? Her choice in parenting is one that will stick with me as we reach further and further into the teenage years with our sons (God help us!). I want to be learning to surrender my days to the Spirit now so that I am fully armed to respond to the Spirit as we navigate our days as parents!
The story I’m speaking of is detailed in Chapter 4 of Spiritual Parenting. I’m going to do something a little scary here, and put myself out there for you. I know my readers are out there, because I can see visits to this blog in my stats. You all are shy to comment! (That’s okay. I’ll keep typing as long as the Lord has me doing so.) I’ve been thinking about doing a giveaway here on the blog for this book. So, here goes…
I’ll be doing a random drawing of one person to send you a copy of Spiritual Parenting!
HOW TO ENTER TO WIN:
1. Click “LEAVE A COMMENT” at the bottom of this post.
2. Share one person who has had a positive impact on your parenting. For example, I might comment like this. ”There are two people who have had great impact on who I am as a mother: my sister and my darling friend Susan. I can always count on them to give me perspective and a better way of approaching parenting trials and tribulations. I’m so grateful for their friendship and wise counsel!”
3. If my question has stumped you, tell me what your favorite color is. I’ll still enter your name into the drawing. ; )
4. My biggest blog fan, Youngest son, will draw one of your names out of a hat next Monday. The winner will be announced here on the blog.
*** Don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you don’t belong to our church! I’d be more than happy to ship the book to you! ***
As you can tell, I really believe that we could all benefit from Michelle Anthony’s perspective on parenting in the Lord and the stories that she tells. I’d love for each of you to have a book in your hands, so I’m thrilled to host this giveaway! I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
On the journey with you,