His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:3-8
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:18
I am letting you in on the “real” from my week. And I can tell you the “Best Christian Mother” awards have been given out elsewhere. Maybe it’s because on Monday my ability to hang in there for any amount of time with my daughter for the earth day bird feeder project was nonexistent. Maybe it’s because on Tuesday my motivation to fold laundry was left back in my more “trying to be Martha” days. It could be because on Wednesday the dinner was leftover leftover’s. But it also might be the fact that on Thursday I spilt the coffee grounds all over the floor-twice-once in the morning, once in the evening.
But Friday’s realization hit me harder than all the others. I have SO felt my heavenly Father pressing me into talking to Him more in this season-I felt led to start prayer groups, have been praying with excitement, faith, and regularity regarding specific needs/people for our church, am taking time to stop the conversation with a friend who is stressed or needs guidance and pray for them then and there (no matter if it’s in the grocery store or at school) and have made efforts to include Jesus in my random thoughts and tasks, asking Him to “work out with me, cook with me, and clean with me”. So I guess this is why the “condemnation/guilt” train of the enemy stayed longer than usual at the station of my mind and heart this week when I made this Friday’s “lack of parenting” realization. My Friday doozy downer, whether I was too tired, lazy or whatever excuse could be used, was I had not been praying with my girls. This “Power of a Praying Mom” hadn’t been intentional and disciplined to teach and rolemodel prayer (other than meal times) with her little’s. So I thanked the Lord for the unexpected garage treasure Friday find of a flip and write notebook of nighttime prayers for children. And I thanked Him for His grace as I knew tonight was the night to take on a new intentional habit of nighttime prayers with those He had entrusted to me.
I started my showing the flip and write book to my middle daughter. And she took to it quickly. She chose a prayer and we read it together. Then she got to write her own prayer to Jesus (and you would have thought it was this five year olds birthday when I showed her it had a dry erase marker and eraser.)
We have been doing the flip and write prayer for a couple days now and I had another realization. I came in thinking I had to teach my daughter’s how to pray and they ended up teaching me. Below are the some of the prayers they wrote to God:
Day 1-You are good to me.
Day2-I love you.
Day 3-I want to be baptized in water.
Day 4-Help me not forget my (earth day) project.
Day 5-Thanks for giving me a break today (to play instead of doing the typical homework routine).
Oh the simplicity. Oh how short. Oh the faith. Oh how “real”. Oh the humility. Oh how grateful. Of these from the heart, whatever’s on the mind prayers. And I know our heavenly Father is smiling. When we follow a child like faith prayer model.
- So whenever we receive good news this week may we shoot up a “you are good to me” prayer in the moment.
- At random laundry folding moments or right when our feet hit the floor in the morning may we say “I love you” to Jesus.
- May we make time to “be still and know that He is God”, inviting Him to wash us with His living water!
- May we fix our eyes on Him saying “Help me”, when fear, anxiety and trouble begin to fill our minds and circumstances.
- And may we continue to say “thank you Jesus” for specifics of the blessings in our lives.
In what circumstance do you need to take on some childlike faith and trust God instead of being overwhelmed and frustrated at the mess around you?
In what specific times of the day can you incorporate some 2 second prayers to God to include Him in your everyday tasks?
Are you growing in the knowledge, grace and love for God and if not, why not?
© 2012 Standing on Peace