November 14, 2018

Sharing a Prayer to Pray for Your Children

I’m so excited you stopped by today! I’m sharing the fruit of one of the great passions of my heart … prayer … more specifically praying for our children.

If you lack confidence in praying, which many women do, this post is for you! I want you to know that all God needs to engage with us in prayer is a willing heart. He does the rest. Anyone who knows and loves Jesus can pray!!

A Prayer for our Children by Wendy Blight. Click here for a printable of the prayer.

Praying for our children is a form of intercessory prayer and one of the greatest gifts we can give our children. In fact, our Abba Father invites us to do just that:

“Rise during the night and cry out. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord. Lift up your hands to him in prayer, pleading for your children.”  Lamentations 2:19 (NLT)

He also makes a great promise as we offer prayers for our children:

“The prayer of a righteous [woman] is powerful and effective.”  James 5:16b (NIV)

The key to the powerful and effective prayers James speaks of is praying God’s Word. Why? Because we’re laying God’s promises before Him and appropriating them for our children. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that when we pray the Scriptures, we’re praying God’s living and active Word into our children. It’s like we’re planting living, active, penetrating seeds that God then activates to do His Kingdom work in their lives.

I’ve created a prayer model for you, and you can find it hereBut, let it be just that. A model. Use it and make it your own. Ask God to help you personalize it. Open your Bible and allow Him to lead you through the Scriptures. Sit, soak and listen. When you pinpoint the Scriptures that speak to you, pray them back to God. I know it sounds complicated, but it’s really not.

Below is an excerpt from the prayer I’ve written for you. You’ll see how easy it is.

Father, I pray  ______________ will know how extravagantly and unconditionally You love her, that You will never leave her or forsake her, and that You gave Your Son so she could have life forever with You. 

Father, I pray _______________ will call upon Your Son, Jesus, and confess Him as Lord and Savior of her life and desire to have a personal relationship with Him.  

Father, thank You that You created _____________ with a specific plan and purpose for his life. Thank You that he is valuable and precious in Your sight. Father, give him the mind of Christ that is his in You and help him to fully know and love who he is in You and this great plan You have for him.

Father, I pray  _____________ will treasure Your Word above all else. Give her a hunger to read, learn, and love it and live her life according to it.

Father, I pray _____________ will honor his body as Your temple and keep himself pure in every way. Instill in him the truth that he is created in Your image, worthy of Your highest and best for his life.

Father, may Your Truth reign supreme in  __________________’s heart and mind. May she live according to Your Word, not the lies of this world. Daily renew her mind with Truth and keep her thoughts centered on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, excellent, and worthy of praise.

Father, teach ______________ to trust You with all his heart, lean not on his own understanding, and in all his ways acknowledge You so that You will direct his path. Protect _______________ from being a people pleaser. May he stand confidently in who he is in You! Guard his mind so he doesn’t throw away his confidence because it’s his confidence You richly reward.

Father, plant Your love, Your presence, and Your Word deep within ____________’s heart. May Your Word reach into the marrow of her bones and ignite an unquenchable passion. Cause her to love You with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength and let NOTHING override that passion because when she knows, loves and lives Your truth, it changes everything.

Father, just as Jesus grew, grow my children in wisdom and stature and favor with You and with man. Grow my child to be person of character, integrity, honesty and a good name. Thank You in advance for all You will do in and through my prayers. I ask this in the powerful name of Jesus Christ our Lord! Amen.

I’ve included lots of examples here because I want you to see how many ways you can pray for your children. I simply took a truth or promise of Scripture and incorporated it in a sentence with a place to insert your child’s name.

Sweet friend, praying this way for your children will build your faith and your prayer life. Pray BOLDLY and CONFIDENTLY because you’re praying the mind and will of God as revealed in His Word.

You can use this same method to pray for your husband, friends, family and anyone else for whom you feel led to pray.

As we close our time together, I would LOVE for you to share a verse of Scripture or a prayer in the comments that you pray for your children. How wonderful it will be to plaster this page with Scripture we can pray for our kids!! And don’t forget to print out your copy of this prayer here. Feel free to share it!!

September 27, 2018

Yes, No and Maybe {a giveaway}

Today, I’m welcoming one of my dearest Proverbs 31 sisters, Wendy Pope. She’s that friend I can call any time, and she’ll stop whatever she’s doing to pray a prayer that reigns down power from heaven!! We met many years ago when we shared a desk at our original Proverbs 31 Ministries office. We both had little children at the time, and now we’re empty nesters. We raised our babies together and prayed each other through some difficult times. I adore her and you will as well.

Without further ado, read on as Wendy gives you a sneak peek into her new book, Yes, No & Maybe: Living with the God of Immeasurably More. If you want an Ephesians 3:20 life, where you see God at work in intimate, amazing and mighty ways, this book is for you!

Be sure to enter her giveaway at the end of the post!

Yes, No and Maybe, by Wendy Pope.

I’ll be the first to admit, trusting God through obedience can be fearsome because we don’t know what He will ask us to do. Building trust works like receiving money. Each time we are given funds, we deposit the money in our bank account, where it remains until we need it. Our Memory Bank of Faith works the same way. As we obey, we experience God’s faithfulness. We deposit His acts of faithfulness in our bank; then, when He asks us to do something we don’t understand, or maybe don’t want to do, we can make a withdrawal from our Memory Bank and confidently adjust our want to. We have experienced His faithfulness and know that what He has asked us to do is completely trustworthy—even if it involves something unexpected.

Sometimes God asks something big of us when we least expect it. Sometimes even in the middle of Sunday worship.

My normal Sunday seat faced the congregation from the choir loft. I was minding my own business, praising my Jesus, when the unexpected happened. No, Lord. I can’t. No one else is walking to the altar to bow. What will people think of me? This isn’t the time in the service we go to the altar; that’s at the end of the service. The songs ended. The choir left the loft. I did not say yes.

The next Sunday was a repeat. Same scenario. Same assignment. Same response. As the week went on, my weight of disappointment was heavy. Oh, how my spirit grieved that my answer to God was no. In my conviction, I confessed my sin and received forgiveness.

The following Sunday was a repeat. Same scenario. Same assignment. Different response. Yes, God. I will NOT follow the schedule in the bulletin and the expectation of others. I will leave the safety of this choir loft and bow before You in praise. I will sing praises to You, my audience of one, in a sanctuary full of people who might think I’m weird. Yes! Yes! Yes!

I sensed eyes staring at me as I left my place of comfort. When I kneeled to worship, I was alone. When I stood to return to my place, others stood with me. While I had been kneeling, many others had joined me at the altar to share their praise to God and to pray. This beautiful moment was a deposit in my bank. The pleasure of God is greater than the fear of man’s reactions. Tears are puddling in my eyes as I relive this moment with you. Even now, years later, the act of obedience, even if delayed, is palatable. There are times when obedience makes His Spirit almost touchable.

It’s critical to remember that obedience without a pause is a process—a process full of mistakes, regrets, and misgivings. Even with banks full of His faithfulness, there will be times we will want to obey, but we will not. Don’t be discouraged. Lavish yourself in His endless grace that forgives, and intently listen to His Spirit as He continues to beckon you. Then, when the next assignment comes, your response will be yes! The more you say yes, the more you will want to say yes. Fill your bank!

Preorder Bonuses

Preorder your copy of Yes, No & Maybe by Sunday, September 30 and receive these beautiful bonuses from Wendy Pope.

Yes, No & Maybe by Wendy Pope

Giveaway Now Closed – congrats Bonnie Chaltry!

Wendy Pope is giving away a copy of her new book to one of ya’ll. SO, please leave a comment below sharing a time YOU struggled with obedience. The winner will be announced here and notified by email on Wednesday, October 3. U.S. Addresses only please.

Yes, No and Maybe, by Wendy Pope.

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Wendy is a wife, mom,  author, speaker, and Bible study teacher. Wendy writes devotions for Proverbs 31 Ministries Encouragement for Today devotions, is a content provider for the First 5 app, as well as member of the Proverbs 31 Ministries Speaker Team. She loves lazy Sundays watching golf with her husband, thrift store shopping with her daughter, and watching building shows with her son.

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September 18, 2018

What it Means to Be a Child of God

YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD!

What a precious gift to be called a child of God.

A blood bought daughter.

Fully seen. Fully known. Fully loved by the One True God.

With that title comes amazing promises, one being found in 1 John.

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4 NIV)

For those who call themselves children of God (those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior), Jesus promises:

We are overcomers … overcoming the false teachings and teachers in our culture. Overcoming the trials, struggles and hardships we encounter in this world. Overcoming the schemes, trials, temptations, and lies of the evil one.

What it Means to Be a Child of God by Wendy Blight. #1John #IAmLoved

Greater is the One who lives in us than the one who lives in the world … we overcome because God’s very presence … His Holy Spirit … lives, breathes and is at work in us.

But, none of this would be possible without the Lamb of God shedding His blood for us.

John’s promises in 1 John are made possible because Jesus POURED OUT HIS BLOOD FOR US.

Take a few minutes, sweet friend, to sit and soak in these truths. These promises. These gifts from our Abba Father.

Through the blood of Jesus, you are redeemed out of the hand of the devil.

Through the blood of Jesus, your sins are forgiven, washed white as snow.

Through the blood of Jesus, you are justified, made righteous, just-as-if-you never sinned.

Through the blood of Jesus, you are made holy in God’s sight, set apart for His purposes.

Through the blood of Jesus, you receive the gift of and are sealed by the Holy Spirit, making your body a living, breathing temple of God’s Holy Spirit.

Through the blood of Jesus and the indwelling power of His Holy Spirit, you are an overcomer. Satan has NO hold on you. He has NO power over you. He MUST FLEE at the name of Jesus.

These are God’s truths.

KNOW THEM! BELIEVE THEM! LIVE THEM!

They will change everything.

If you have a moment, please leave a comment today sharing what God spoke to YOUR heart as ponder the wonder of what it means to be called a child of God and the promises and gifts that are ours simply because we carry that beautiful name.

My study on 1 John, I Am Loved, is for every woman who craves to truly understand, walk confidently in, and live out God’s unconditional, extravagant, lavish love because His love truly changes everything!