When we dropped my son, Connor, off at work, he insisted (No, really!) that we come inside and let him buy us some ice cream. As we waited in line to order, five-year-old Remington started pulling on my sleeve and pointing at the guy in front of us–a man we’d never seen before, whose arm was in a sling.
Just as I opened my mouth to tell her to stop pointing at strangers, she finally managed to get out (in a loud whisper) what she was trying to tell me:
“Mommy! We need to pray for him!”
Thank you, sweet girl, for helping me understand these words of Jesus:
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)
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Once again, a question I came across on Pinterest has been challenging me, so I wanted to share it with you here.
It’s a simple question, really. But for several days now it’s had me asking the big, “What if…..?”
What if each time I’m tempted to COMPLAIN about something, I bow my head instead?
What if my friends and family never hear me WORRY aloud, because I’m too busy taking my concerns before God to verbalize the things I shouldn’t be worrying about anyway?
What if I never MURMURED about anything, but took every struggle straight to the only One who can do something about it?
The “What if…..?” questions go on and on, and the answer, of course, is that God’s way is ALWAYS better.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)
So, are you ready to work on this with me?
Today, instead of grabbing your cell phone to call your best friend when you’re worried, or texting your husband when something goes wrong, or unloading your frustrations on your mother or you kids or your co-workers—or anyone else who will listen—why not FIRST take it all to God in prayer? I can’t wait to see the difference it makes!
Who’s with me?
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We were sitting around the table, ready to eat supper. As usual, our three-year-old daughter wanted to lead the prayer, and as usual, we couldn’t say no. She squeezed her eyes shut tightly, we all bowed our heads, and she began…
Thank you for the drink…
…the drink I keep spilling…
It was true. She had already spilled her drink two or three times before we’d even made it to the pre-meal prayer, and it had been frustrating. But then she prayed that prayer…and it immediately made me think—Thank you, Remi!—of a couple of different verses, both of which I evidently needed to be reminded:
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials…” (James 1:2)
“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (I Thessalonians 5:18)
I am thankful for my walking, talking, Scripture illustration…
…and I’m so grateful for her earnest prayer of thanksgiving—another much-needed reminder to be thankful in all situations.
Are you thankful?
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One of the highlights of the day for our family occurs right before our littlest one goes to bed. That’s when we all stop what we’re doing and gather in her room to end the day with a family devotional. We all crawl up on her bed together and listen to my husband read the Bible out loud. We work on memorizing Scriptures as a family. We talk about how we can apply what we’ve read in our own lives, and usually this gives us a little glimpse into the minds and hearts of our kiddos. Then we join hands in prayer. I love this time of sharing and growing together at the end of the day.
Some nights, our schedule doesn’t allow us to spend as much time on reading and memorization, but the one thing we try not to miss is the time spent in prayer together.
Listening to your children pray can be enlightening. Praying with your family strengthens bonds in a way nothing else can. (You’ve heard the old saying, “The family that prays together stays together.” I think there must be some truth in that!)
Our two-and-a-half-year-old daughter has really gotten into these prayer times together. She loves to have her turn to pray out loud, and has thanked God for some very interesting things, such as:
~the mail we get
~”little raccoons, but not in our house”
~helping us read
~”letting us eat free at restaurants” (???)
~”napkins, but not in our mouths”
~and even Captain Kirk!
(And I’ve lost count of how many times she’s asked God to “please help us all be miserable.”)
While she squeezes her eyes tightly and rambles on and on (and on and on and on) about all the things she’s thankful for, I am reminded to be grateful…and to take note of the simple things in life…and to give God credit for each one.
Are you praying with your family? Today would be a great day to start!
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