Word of the Week 8 – The Power of Mom’s Words

She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. Proverbs 31:26 NIV

A Prayer for Guarding our Words

Heavenly Father, you have blessed with me with the power of incredible influence over my children, and I want to use it wisely. Guard my words each day, so that they always benefit my kids and always glorify you. Help me to be discerning, instructive, and encouraging in all that I say. Help me to be the role model, teacher, and counselor that you have created me to be. Thank you for the privilege of being Mom and for the honor of parenting with You. Amen.

Word of the Week 5 – Peace for Siblings

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.   Luke 6:45

A Prayer for Parents of Squabbling Siblings

Heavenly Father, my heart breaks when my kids fight. Why can’t we all just get along?

Help me to overlook the irritating bickering and instead pour love and encouragement into their hearts. I pray they’ll each feel a sense of security, love and worth so strong, it will naturally be relfected in the way they treat each other.

I pray for your everlasting peace, and I look forward to harmony in our home. Thank you! AMEN

Word of the Week 4 – Focusing on the Positive

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  Philippians 4:8, NIV

A Prayer for Debbie Downer and Nancy Negative

Heavenly Father, some days it’s just too easy to overlook the good because I’m so caught up in the bad and the ugly. In that darkness, I feel isolated, bitter, and so far from You…exactly where I don’t want to be!  Please help me to see at least a glimmer of positive shining in every moment of every day.

Fix my eyes, my heart, and my mind on:

what is true,

what is right,

what is pure,

what is lovely,

what is admirable.

And keep me focused until I’m dancing once again in the positive, radiant presence your love. Thank you for these precious, positive gifts and allowing me to see that they are what really matter. Amen

Who’s on Your Parenting Team?

“WAY TO GO, LIL SIS!”  “GO, BIG SIS!” My sister and I heard these cheers as we ran by the spectators lining the streets of the Portland Half Marathon. Races are amazing that way! Total strangers calling out to runners by the name or number printed on their race bibs, encouraging them to keep going.  You’ll find them all over the race course, but I especially appreciate the ones planted along a major hill or at points where my legs and lungs whine the most.  I  love hearing their cow bells and applause, but my favorite is reading their homemade signs.  “Go, Random Stranger, Go!”  “Run Like You Stole Something!” and  “Smile if You Peed a Little” help me laugh through the pain.

Wouldn’t it be great if encouraging strangers lined the aisles of Target or grocery stores, supporting moms whose kids are having major temper tantrums? Imagine this: Little Lily reaches the end of her rope, wailing and screaming in seismic waves of destruction. Not an eardrum in the store is spared and shoppers get whiplash turning to stare at the commotion. Mom, glowing red with humiliation and helplessness, seriously considers climbing into the basket to cry alongside Lily.

Versus this: As the first sonic blast erupts from Lily, shoppers turn to Mom holding signs that say, “THIS, TOO, SHALL PASS!” “We <3 you, Mom!” And all the while, they gently smile, and tell the embarrassed mother they’ve been there before. They survived, and she will, too. Calmed by their empathy, Mom maintains her composure and quietly talks to Lily while hurrying to finish her shop or take the tearful toddler to the car.

OK, so a fan club like this sounds more like a fairy tale. But the truth is, each one of us already has a support system even more powerful and more reliable than we could ever dream. What’s even more incredible is that it can be ours simply by asking. I’m talking about a relationship with God, our most loyal fan and the perfect parenting partner. He never meant for us to parent alone, and He waits patiently to help in any situation. It took me a while to realize this, but now that I know my Heavenly Father is standing WITH me, it really doesn’t matter who seems to be against me – even nosey shoppers who stop to stare at the worst moments.

In God’s perfection, I am able to be my Personal Best. He’s the essential third person of my parent-child-God “TriParenting Team. ” When chaos erupts, I invite Him into the room. (Yeah, you’re right: He was already in the room, but I’m not always good at remembering that). And before I act, I ask God to guide my words, calm my heart, and help me love my child through whatever it is we are facing…no matter how ugly. I’m constantly amazed at how much easier it is to handle even the toughest battles when I acknowledge His strong and loving presence.

Question: Who’s on your “parenting team”? Have you thought about inviting God to be the captain? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Word of the Week 3: God’s Got Your Back

The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8

A Prayer to Remind You You’re Not Alone

Heavenly Father, sometimes parenting can feel so overwhelming… and lonely. And, while I try my hardest to be the best mom I can be, I fall short more times than I’d like to admit.

I don’t have all the answers. Even though I wish I did.

And I can’t do this alone. Even though I often try.

Help me to remember that you are with me always to pave the way, support and guide me. Thank you for going before me in every temper tantrum, tummy ache, and battle of the wills. In you, I’m never alone. And in you I’m able to be the best mom I can be.

I’m so very thankful to have you on my team!  Amen

Word of the Week 2 – for Strength

I can do all things through him who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13

A Prayer When You Need Strength and Reassurance

Heavenly Father, thank you for today! Help me to approach this day with confidence, knowing that whatever obstacles I face, I CAN overcome them through you.  Help me to turn monsters into mole hills. And help me to rely on your endless strength and power, particularly when mine seems to fizzle out. Alone I feel weak, but in your power, I truly am Super Mom! Thank you! Amen.

Word of the Week 1 – Grace and Mercy

15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses… 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.      Hebrews 4:15-16,  New International Version (NIV)  

A Prayer for a Mom with Little Ones

Thank you, Lord, for loving me just as I am! Thank you for blessing me with the incredible privilege of being a mom. And thank you for forgiving me everytime I fall short. Help me to become the very best mom you designed me to be. May my daily victories be as plentiful as the Cheerios stuck in my car seats, and my mommy mess-ups be as few as the quiet moments I have alone in the restroom. AMEN!