God has gifted us with a lofty vocation, a glorious calling, and a high honor. –Marla Alupoaicei
Prayer Warrior Mom by Marla Alupoaicei was a well written and organized book about why and how to pray for our children. She emphasized the importance of praying for our children’s spiritual growth and understanding, and for their protection in a world that presents many trials and dangers.The book is divided into 15 chapters that cover a specific topic. The chapters provide scriptural references, real life stories reflecting the author’s experiences as well as others, and discussion questions at the end that could be used with a small study group. Prayer examples are also provided to guide your thoughts and dialogue.
I found the book nice to digest one chapter at a time and thought it would be a great bible study to do with other moms. I was renewed in my belief in intercessory prayer and how powerful and important the impact of prayer can be. I felt that the author was passing on a legacy handed down from generations before that reflected the beauty of a God focused family. I believe that the faith and prayers of people in my life had a lot of impact on shaping the course of my life, and I want to pass on such a privileged duty by praying for my own children. It was reading books by Stormy Omartian that first inspired me to focus on praying for my kids and husband. This book added a fresh perspective and will certainly be a reference I return to many times.
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Wisdom is……..taking all a Mother’s hopes, dreams, and cares to the Lord in Prayer.
I am currently reviewing the book Prayer Warrior Mom, and for many years I have prayed the prayers from Stormie Omartian’s Book The Power of a Praying Parent.
I truly believe that one of the most powerful things we can do as parents is pray for our children. Let’s face it, we can’t control every aspect of our children’s lives and we can’t protect them from all the trials and tribulations of life. We can’t go every where they go, and the time comes that we have to let go of being the mother that tells them what to do, when to come home, who to spend time with, and what decisions to make. But we do have a God who can take over and gaurd the hearts and lives of our loved ones. When a loving, caring mother prayers for her children, I believe heaven opens wide to receive those prayers. Read the rest of this entry
Are routines and especially bedtime routines important for our children? Some may think I go a bit overboard in the routines I have established for my 7 year old who is very hyper and prone to mood swings. I on the other hand, am reassured that the routines are important, and not just because research supports this, but because my child has her own way of letting me know. These are some of the signs:
1. She will often begin to put herself to bed at or near her bedtime without being told, because she is tired and wants to go to bed.
2. If she goes to bed later than usual, she is much more difficult to deal with in the morning and will often comment, “I’m tired. I didn’t get enough sleep”.
3. Sometimes when she is moody and having difficulty controlling her behavior, she recognizes that it’s because she is tired or there has been some other change of routine she is not used to, and she will say so. She will say, I should have…..regarding something in her routine.
4. She no longer has to take medications for her behaviors, and behavior issues at school are becoming rare.
5. When I am tired, and want to ditch the usual bedtime routine that she and I have done every night for the past few years, (I hope she will just go to bed without it, but NO)….she always remembers and she says “Mommie, aren’t you going to sing the song”. That lets me know that these routines are a comfort and joy to her, and I gladly comply with her request.
I’m tired…so tired!
I just wanna go to bed,
Lay my head on my pillow.
Cuz I’m tired!
But first I’ll shake my cares,
Say my prayers…
(child inserts prayer here)
Love you Jesus!!!
I’m so tired!
It’s time to warm my toes
Underneath all my covers,
Tuck me tight
Get the light.
Now, shh…shh…good night.
This is such a simple and quick routine (depending on how long a prayer she wants to say), but oh so special between us. Sometimes it’s the little things that we are consistent about that make the most impact in our children’s daily lives.Prayer for Your children: May they know the love and comfort of a parent who teaches them the importance of routines and consistency. May acknowledgement of God and simple prayer time be included in what they learn to treasure as part of daily family life. Photo Above: Copyright (c) <a href=’http://www.123rf.com’>123RF Stock Photos</a>