You guys are in for a treat today! We have Daniell Powell guest blogging with us. Daniell is the amazing mother to nine children, and was willing to make time to share her heart with us. It is important to me to be able to bring people into Five Things who can share a different perspective from my own, and I know this will bless so many of you. So, without further ado:
These Three Things I Pray…
Back to School time is always bittersweet in our household. I always feel so much inner turmoil the final weeks leading up to the big day that I send my little ones on the bus. Don’t get me wrong; there are several things that I do look forward to. I enjoy shopping for new shoes and their first day of school outfit. I love making lists of ALL the supplies and tediously gathering each thing and finally packing them tidily into each child’s backpack. I wouldn’t hate it if Crayola came out with a crayon scented candle! I enjoy falling back into the rhythm and routine that the school year brings. However, I always end up wondering if I’m making the right choice for our children. We have used various online homeschool programs in the past. Unfortunately, it has ended messily, with the children returning to school. I end up feeling like I’m not enough. I end up feeling like a failure. I want to be what each child needs me to be for them. I pray that God will allow me to love each child in their love language. Each year I labor with my decision and debate the pros and the cons of our current schooling situations. I want to do what God wants me to do. I also value my sanity and know I have limitations.
For the 2018-2019 school year, we have seven children attending school in three different buildings. This year, I have one child starting kindergarten and one in 12th grade. This is my seventh First Day of Kindergarten. I sent my little Judah off with many tears, more tears than one would think a seasoned mom of many would cry. So now my children spend the majority of their day at school with their peers and teachers. There are three things that I pray over them every day. I wish I could say it was in a circle holding hands before we all skipped down to the bus stop together, but let’s be real, our mornings don’t usually (read never) look like that. I will pray for them throughout the day or at night before we put (force/plea bargain) them into bed. Here are my three things and why I pray them over my children.
- Teach my children the fear of God because the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.
- Allow my children to grow in favor with God and men.
- Place positive and encouraging friends in my children’s lives and remove the negative influences.
I want my child to have a fear of the Lord because of Proverbs 9:10. If they are wise, they will make good choices. If they make good choices, they will have a good long life. We all want good things for our children. I want my children to realize that God is smarter than they are. Their Father in Heaven knows the end from the beginning. He wants them to make good choices but He will always give them a choice. So, I will pray they choose wisely.
Allow my children to grow in wisdom, stature, the favor of God and the favor of men according to Luke 2:52. This is the only scripture that we have that gives us a brief glimpse into the account of Jesus’ childhood. I want to pray that my children are prepared spiritually and physically for all that life has for them. Lord, don’t let my children leave this world without accomplishing everything that you have set before them to do. At school, at home, wherever they find that their foot shall travel, they would find the favor of the Lord following them all the days of their life.
Proverbs 13:20 says, “He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” I pray for my children’s friends. I want those little kiddos to be healthy, happy and whole. Why? Because beyond the fact that Jesus loves them and wants good things for them too, their lives influence my children’s lives, good and bad. You have heard the phrases, “You are known by the company you keep” and “Birds of a feather flock together.” I want my children to have good friends who will build them up and not tear them down. I also work this into my prayer – that they would have mentors and leaders who would come alongside them and encourage them. As parents, we are powerful, but when you have other positive voices echoing the same words you are saying, it becomes an encouraging soundtrack they can play in their minds. That way when negative thoughts come against them it’s easier for them to fight. Positive self-talk is POWERFUL!
There are many more things I could have added to this list but for now these are my perpetual prayers for my children. Wisdom, Favor and Friends. So, if you see me at the bus stop, probably in my pajamas, with baby Audrey in her sling and holding Ella’s soft hand, mumbling to myself, I might be trying to remember if everyone did their homework last night, or I might be silently praying, “God protect my children while they ride towards school on the big yellow bus”.
Are there any prayers that you pray specifically for your kids?