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A Mom Prayer

We're enjoying a quiet and peaceful morning, and as the girls were looking for something we needed for our devotions/craft time I was straightening some shelves. As I pulled out a parenting resource notebook, I found a prayer scratched on the back of a scripture paper. I wish I would have dated it so I could look back and see what was going on at that particular time. I don't even know how long ago I wrote it. But even though we're enjoying some less stressful days, my heart resonated with this prayer again this morning.

"Dear Father, It’s been a rough parenting week. My nerves are fraying. My spirit is tense. My thoughts are jumbled. My body is weary. My emotions are flat. Sickness has worn us down. My children have tested me relentlessly. I have responded firmly, but it hasn’t seemed to make a difference. I feel such a desperate need for your quiet, steady guidance this morning.

Please help my children today to sense that sweet calm that all is well at home. Help them not only to know that their mamma loves them, but that I like them, approve of them, and enjoy being with them in the kid stuff.

Lord, I’m trying to follow your plan for training children in godliness. But today I’m overwhelmingly aware of my insufficiency without You guiding each step.

I realize that beyond the scriptures and habits and chores and creeds and hymns and skills they’re learning – the biggest thing they are learning from me is the aroma that comes from my own inner life – The by-product of my life in You which surrounds me and touches them each moment they’re with me.

God, forgive me. Grow me up. And make up the difference in what I haven’t learned yet.

Please give me wisdom for the moments.
Joy for my children.
Rest in what I cannot accomplish
And Quiet in my spirit.

Liz said...

That spoke to me today . . . I won't describe why :>) but thanks for posting it.

Marianne Brown said...

Hmmmm....was there this week! Whew...they sure can wear you out can't they?! Thanks

Anonymous said...

Very good....thanks for posting!

Kelly S said...

Amen! I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes telling the Lord this is exactly my prayer for this very moment. You'll never know how much I needed that right now. Thanks!

Jeff and Steph said...

Sarah, I needed that today. Sometimes it seems like I try so hard to be a good missionary that I fail as a mother. And then when I really focus on being a great Mom my ministry falls by the side. How do I do it all and please Him in it all?

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