The following post written by MERCY iNK contributing writer Lauren Arbogast.
Most mornings I try to set my alarm and sneak out of the house to enjoy the cool of the morning and some alone time with God. This summer, however, all plans have been foiled my by newly 3 year old, as he has developed his own early bird routine. Insert sigh. As a mom, I relished those morning moments alone. As a child of God, I craved those uninterrupted minutes of prayer.
These past few weeks have found me frustrated, unsure of how to mix the two for a perfect summer recipe.
This morning, it happened again. (Did I dare think it wouldn’t?)
Coffee + bible + pencil = on the side porch in the cool of the morning.
3 year old + playdough tote + multiple requests for breakfast = no more focus time for mommy!
How do we do it? How do we as mothers make time for a gracious God? How do we stick to the prayer and avoid the playdough? Or maybe the better question to ask is: how do we blend the two?
I went to a class yesterday at church specifically for prayer + parents. Along with some key verses and practical inspiration from a few mothers, one thing held close to my heart:
When our children are young, we pray and process differently than when they do that thing they do, and grow up. My season right now may include (at least one of) my boys in my prayer life. What better way to take the time to pray over my three year old than when he’s less than two feet away from me? And how about reading aloud from the devotional or Bible while he plays or eats? Pour out your heart to God and let your child bear witness. Pray over your child(ren) specifically, and praise God when he gives answers. Your child will start to make the connection.
Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
What joy and challenge in that verse. Pray into and over your child’s life, and watch God take ahold. While they’re young, pray for protection; when they’re old, pray for projection.
Make praying like breathing. Out loud, silently, singing, rejoicing, weeping. Like 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “pray without ceasing.” Pray all the time, and pray big.
So here’s speaking to my soul and to all the mothers out there: trust that God knows what He’s doing. Pray over that messy, energetic kid with the playdough. Pray with that teenager off to their day at school. Pray big, and expect God to work.
Inspired by Proverbs 22:6, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, and an energetic, playdough and mini-wheat lovin’ 3 year old.
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