Leave a Written Testimony for Your Children

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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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Comments

  1. I’ve never kept a prayer journal just for my kids.  Wondering if you would keep one for each kid?  This would be so precious to pass down!

    •  I do keep one for each child so I can pass it down (maybe on graduation day? What a sweet gift that would be!)

      • I agree, an amazing gift!  How often do you think you write in it? And are you kids old enough to ask to read it now?  Do you let them?  (I think mine would ask!)

        •  I write in each child’s once per week. With five children, that’s five times per week I spend in specific prayer. My children don’t even know about them–I pull them out once they’re in bed.

  2. I have been doing something similar – I have kept a journal for each child since shortly after I learned I was pregnant with them.  Seeing that I came to Christ after my first daughter was born it has been interesting to reread them and see how I began to rely more and more on God in my mothering, and how I have related that to my girls.

    I have to give you props – I only have two girls and have a difficult time keeping up with my 1x a month writing…5 kiddos…YIKES!

    Great idea….may incorporate this into my journaling!

  3. No, I have not kept a prayer journal for my children, but I think it’s a fantastic idea.  Thank you once again for the inspiration.  :) 

    Blessings,
    Rosann

  4. I’ve thought of doing this over the years, but did not.  I wish I had!  We have a closet full of my journals, but it would be so special for each child to have his own.  Wonderful idea!  

    Deb Weaver
    thewordweaver.com

  5. This year for my oldest daughter’s birthday, I bought her a Bible and I had her family highlight or underline verses that they would pray over her for the year. My plan was to give it to her on her 18th birthday or when she gets married or goes out on her own as a record of the prayers her family has prayed over her for her life.

  6. I have never thought of doing a prayer journal for my kids though I am currently studying in a bible and marking it up for my oldest. I love this idea. Over on my blog I am working my way Stormie Omartians book the power of a praying parent, one prayer at a time each week. Check it out http://www.jensjourney77.blogspot.com – on the right hand side you can click the picture to be taken to the posts. Def gonna have to do a prayer journal now.

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