Leave a Written Testimony for Your Children

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Journal

Have you noticed how quickly children grow? Sometimes we don’t, unless we begin to look back at pictures or videos. Oh it happens so fast.

A few years ago I had this idea, I don’t know, it was probably the Holy Spirit, to create prayer journals for each of my children. What I do is journal down a prayer for them about once a week.  In my prayer I’ll thank God for specific things He is doing in that child’s life. I also include areas I need help in mothering that child.

My goal for creating these journals was not only to remain connected and accountable to God on behalf of my children, but also to have a written testimony of how God worked in each of my children’s lives as they grow up.

I pray for each child (in the journal) a different day of the week. So I pray for my daughter Gabriella each Monday, and my son Benjamin each Tuesday, and so on. Right now I fill up 5 days (with five children), but with the upcoming adoption, another day (or two) will be filled and my heart will be overflowing (even more!!)

Eventually these will be their own keepsakes.

So, how do you know what to pray each week?

There are several tools out there to help you decide on this. Three that I know of are

  1. A Mother’s Prayer Calendar – by Kat of Inspired To Action (free download)
  2. The Power of a Praying Parent – by Stormie Omartian
  3. Praying the Scriptures for Your Children – by Jodie Berndt

But also, simply remain tuned into your children and their needs and it won’t be too hard to figure out what to pray.

I also think it’s important to pray for their future. Oh friends, never underestimate the power of prayer! It doesn’t come back void, even if you can’t see the answers right away.

What a privilege it is to pray on behalf of our children. A privilege and a sacrifice it is to stand in the gap for our young blessings who have no one else to fight for them. Let us not be too quick to take this lightly.

Have you ever kept a prayer journal for your children?

DaySpring has beauitful journals.

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Remember

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Remember Who you were created for.

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Remember Whose you are. Remember His grace–it follows you. You are not your own. Remember what He did and allow it to empower you to walk in freedom–not hide in shame.

He died to give me fellowship with God–not hide!

He has called you to a greater purpose than yourself–remember Whose you are.

Remember to give thanks. Remember to reflect because reflecting helps us remember; what He spoke, what He promised, what he forgave.

Remember His grace so you can remember to rest and walk in freedom. Remember your calling to die to self and live for a greater purpose — His glory.

Remember the Cross.

 

 

Heavy Heart {Letter to God}

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Dear God,

I’m struggling today. My heart is heavy because the reality of it’s dependence is not where it should be. I’m so comfortable with the security and entertainment of this world that it has distracted me from seeking after you with a whole heart. I recognize my times of crying out are only times of need. I want you to know, to see, you mean more to me than that.

Yet, even in my half-hearted devotion, you have blessed me. You have met my needs. You have remained faithful.

I admit, I don’t know what it means to live a life of devotion. As much as I thought I needed you before, I need you even more now.

I don’t want to be so far buried under everything else that I forget who I am. I am Yours. Even more, I don’t want to forget who You are.

Take this heart and mold it. I surrender all the castles I’ve built. I surrender all my plans. I know I will have no peace until I have given up everything. Everything. So that all that remains is You.

Write it Down: Journaling

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Ever since I was in 5th grade, I’ve been an avid writer. I journal-ed,  wrote some poetry (usually sappy involving a boy), and wrote extremely long, more-like-a-book letters to friends.

After high school, all my writing pretty much fizzled out. I wrote a few prayer journals over the years, but that was the extent of it.

Then I came across a post at Heart of the Matter Online featuring Ann Voskamp. It was the first time I’d ever come across her name. At that time, she had begun a journaling series through her weekly meme, Walk With Him Wednesday. It was journaling like I’d never seen it before. It was visual and beautiful. Beyond inspiration. Breathtaking.

Thus began my journey…

I write short prayers (and sometimes long), I write verses, quotes, struggles, inspiration from other bloggers.

I try not to worry about organization as much as getting my thoughts down on paper. As of now, I have a beautiful collection of meanderings. A book of reflections I can look back on to see where my feet have been–where my heart and focus has been.

Thought’s from Ann (of A Holy Experience) on journaling:

Just a page, a place to place a day, so it won’t get lost in the dark. It is what journaling is: catching the light. Catching God filtering through your moments….so your soul can grow.

She goes on to say:

It’s a way of shining a beam into the dark and figuring out what’s going on in there, in the shadow’s of a soul, what’s happening on the day’s I’m overcast. I write because our words, like His, can be a lamp unto our paths.”

Might I encourage you to pen your thoughts as well?

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