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Making time with God

God greatly desires relationship with us and for us to continually acknowledge and experience His presence. We need His love, encouragement, and instruction and to be filled by His Spirit in order to succeed each day in what He has called us to do! How do we do this when the duties of motherhood don’t really come a with a whole lot of spare time or freedom from interruption? Here are some of my ideas, but what I’d really love is if you could share your wisdom and ideas in the comments! Let’s encourage each other to make our relationship with the Lord of utmost importance and priority!

1) Pray or listen to sermons while doing laundry or dishes- One of my dear friends here has a collection of little spiral note-pads by her sink, and on each page she has different prayer requests. Some are for our team, some are for our ministry, some for family, some for friends… She spends her dish washing time praying through those requests.  Another thing that I love to do sometimes is to listen to sermons on my computer as I do the dishes.

2) Listen to the Bible in the car or on headphones as you walk if you’re traveling alone- There is really something amazing about listening to God’s word!  I have heard many people say that it is good to engage as many of our senses as possible when learning, as it aids in understanding and retention. This is true for study of the word! If you haven’t already, I think you will be surprised at the little nuances that you pick up while listening that you might not catch as easily while reading. You may also find that you remember it even more easily! (And as a quick note, you can listen to the Bible for free at Biblegateway.com . I’ve been listening to the ESV version, also during dish time, and though I don’t really love the narration style, I still find that I get a lot out of it!)

3) Memorize scripture with your kids– Find verses that you would like to memorize that you can also teach to your kids! It is so great for  both us and for our children to store up God’s word in our hearts, and it is more fun to do together! One thing my daughter and I like to do is choose a verse and then draw a picture or make a craft that goes along with it. Again, engaging with the word through various means helps with memorization.

4) Pray or meditate on scripture as you wait- If there is a place where you often find yourself waiting, either in line, or for a child to get out of a lesson, etc, (living in a former soviet country, the post office immediately springs to my mind!), perhaps designate that time as a time for prayer meditating on memorized scripture.

5) Listen to praise music at home– You can be busy at home doing pretty much anything, but the words of worship songs can serve to edify you and the rest of your family throughout the day.

6) Post scripture around your home- I have seen many beautiful pieces of art lately where people have incorporated scripture into their home decor. Whether it be something artistic in a frame, or simply a verse on a note-card on your bathroom mirror, having scripture around your home gives you opportunities to reflect on scripture all throughout the day.

7) Set aside time when the kids are sleeping or are otherwise independently occupied where you will make a habit of reading the Bible and praying- This is not really an easy thing to just squeeze in wherever, but we simply need to be spending time in the word each day!  Other “needs” should come after our need to be with God, and though it is often easiest to push to the edges of our schedule, meeting with God and being in His word is the most vital of tasks. We cannot live and continue to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit without this source of strength, truth and communion with the Lord! I was recently reminded that if you do something each day for 7 weeks, it is more likely to form a habit. If you struggle with making consistent time for study of the word, pray and make a commitment to read your Bible and pray every day at about the same time for 7 weeks and see if it doesn’t become much more of a habit after that time!

Ok, like I said, those are a few ideas, but I’d really love to hear other things that work for you! Please share your ideas!

(Post by: Ashley)

Pondering Prayer

Most moms pray for their kids. I do. Every day… sometimes many moments of a day are spent petitioning the Lord, interceding for my children… or begging Him for wisdom, insight and discernment regarding so and so about such and such. Sometimes my prayers are flung like arrows – short, quick pleas fired desperately upward, often in crisis moments… Sometimes they are intense times of intercession where the Lord has impressed upon my heart a particular passage linked to a particular child and I pray Scripture over and for my child… Sometimes my husband and I pray together as we work together parenting the crew God has gifted to us…  or often a friend and I bow our hearts before the Almighty on behalf of our children, united by the Spirit. One certainty: my daily survival as a wife, mom, missionary, teacher, and person depends on prayer. The more I walk the road of this life, the more I find that I need to…  I desire to… pray more:   more continuously, more “Scripture –ally,” more ardently.

My prayers have changed as my children have grown.  Maybe that seems obvious; after all, children grow and mature. Their weaknesses, strengths and needs change. But my prayers haven’t changed for that reason, and as I’ve reflected on this, I must say that the realization astonishes me. When I became a parent, I often prayed for temporal and obvious things usually related to safety, protection from all the big and little “owies” of life and good health… I still pray for those things, but they are no longer the focus when I pray for my children. Rather than primarily centering my attention on those – the scary things that tend to jump immediately to my mind when I worry about what bad might happen to these little people I love so much – the Holy Spirit has begun interceding, guiding my intercessions, and sometimes He leads me to pray hard things for my children.

I’d like to share a few morsels from my menu for prayer. It is neither a recipe to be followed, nor a list of items to cross off (in fact, this is the first time I’ve actually penned any of this in black and white). I prefer to think of it as a selection of things that have been branded onto my heart, things that I’m led to pray repeatedly and fairly frequently for some or for all of my children. As I spend more time quiet before the Lord, in that silence I am learning the Spirit wants to intercede, leading my wandering, helter-skelter prayer paths… directing and guiding petitions so that instead of simply praying God’s Word back to Him or praying through a list I’ve scratched out in my finite thinking, I allow Him to plot His points for prayer, bringing yet another area of my life into submission to the Lord.  I pray that

·         when my children sin, they get caught… and that there are consequences that leave a lasting impression.

·         they learn, first to recognize and then to abhor any appearance of deceitfulness or pride, in themselves.

·         my children experience loneliness so that they begin to learn that Jesus is the One and Only best friend.

·         they have courage to walk differently from their peers if those peers are not following Jesus.

·         they have courage to walk difficult paths with their peers who are seeking to please the Lord.

·         God shows them clearly where they are weak so that then, they can see Him prove Himself strong.

·         they are content with this missionary life, thanking God continually for how He has chosen to use our family.

·         if someday God trusts any one of my children with suffering for His name’s sake, they will recognize the privilege that has been entrusted to them.

·         At tender ages, they trust God with and thank Him for their moments of pain (I’ve learned not to pray that the Lord spares them from the sting, either). Those moments will come – and the stakes only get higher as they get older.

Do you find your prayers for your children changing with time? How? What does the Lord lead you to pray, specifically, for your children?

(Post by: Richelle)

Praying For One Another

If you have been a reader here for awhile, you’ll know that about every month or so we have a post to share prayer requests.  I hope and pray that this blog is not just a place to find information and be entertained, but a place to be encouraged, drawn closer to the Lord, and to be blessed through community. Though we live countries and oceans apart, prayer is one way that we can serve one another in a very real and powerful way as we seek the Lord’s blessing and hand upon one another’s lives.

How can we pray for you today? Please revisit this post and spend some time praying for your sisters and fellow laborers in Christ!

(Post by: Ashley)

Praying For One Another

Green and White Flowers I by Cheryl Lee
It is a busy day of house work today, so rather than taking my usual allotted  time to write a post, I am going to get some things done around the house and spend that time praying for you. Will you join me in praying for your fellow missionary moms? Here are some things that we can be praying for each other:

-For a close and growing relationship with the Lord, and that we will be Spirit-filled in all that we do.

-For wisdom in raising our children.

-For balance in our roles as wife, mother, missionary, etc.

-For protection over our families

-For God to use each of us and our families for the sake of the gospel throughout the world

Also, if you have a personal prayer request, please share it! It is a blessing to see the community here growing, and I would love it if we could support one another in prayer through this site as well!

(P.S. Don’t forget to send your submissions in for the photo challenge if you haven’t yet! There are quite a few so far, and they look GREAT! I will be posting multiple posts of your photos beginning on the 10th!)

art courtesy of allposters.com

A Missionary Mom’s Prayers

Child Kneels in Prayer at Its Mother's Knee
As I raise my kids in a culture that is not my own, and often in circumstances far beyond my control, God has shown me all the more how much I absolutely must depend on Him and come to Him in prayer. I know my tendency has been to feel self-sufficient and in control when in actuality I am not, and this lifestyle has been the perfect recipe for growth.

Here are some things that God has placed on my heart to be praying for my children as we live life here on the field. Please share the unique things that you pray for your kids as well!

-For our kids to love the Lord. Just because we are missionaries doesn’t pre-determine our children’s salvation. They need God’s saving grace and mercy just as much as those to whom we minister, and it is my desire that God would make  us wonderfully effective missionaries to our children’s hearts.

-For our kids to be in the world but not of it. I want our kids to love Russia. I want them to love Russians! I want them to be at home and to feel a part of the culture in which they live, but at the same time, there are so many things about the culture that I don’t want my children to love. I don’t want my daughter dressing like 98% of the women here. I don’t want my son running around painting graffiti and looking at porn at age 10 like I have had to scold little boys in our courtyard for doing. It will be the divine intervention of God that enables my kids to really be a part of this culture, to love it, and to not be swayed away from God because of it. I used to think of missionary life as an escape from this type of influence, but sadly this world is quite depraved, no matter where you go.

-For our kids to learn the language. We all know that third culture kids don’t 100% identify with their host culture or home culture, but communication is one of the most basic needs for cultural adaptation.

-For deep friendships and relationships. I pray that even though our kids are not Russian that they will go through life with good friends and people to relate to. I pray also for the relationships that my husband and I have with our children, that they will always be open and deep and characterized by love and trust. I pray that my children will have deep relationships with their extended family, despite the many miles between us.

-For safety and health. I am so thankful for the health care that we do have here. It is better than what the majority of people throughout history have had, but at the same time, the thought of taking my child to the hospital here terrifies me. Again, this is as much a prayer for protection for my children as it is a prayer for faith for myself.

-For our kids to personally feel called to and feel a part of our ministry. God didn’t just call my husband and I when we came, he called our kids and future kids as well.  I do pray though that our kids would have a strong  vision of how they uniquely and individually are called and fit into the picture of our life in ministry. I know God can and will use them!

-For the future spouses of my kids. I know this isn’t exactly related to living overseas (though it might depending on where they/we are when they are at that age), but I desire for my kids to fall in love with and marry faithful, loving, godly people. I remember my pastor encouraging parents to pray about this for their children.  Since it will absolutely be one of the most shaping aspect of the majority of their life, I want to be faithfully praying for their future in this way.

How about you? What are some other ways that you have felt called to pray for kids?


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