Protection and Safety: Day Twenty-One
Lori FreelandLori Freeland, a freelance writer from the Dallas area, holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her other life, the one BK—before kids—she has worked as a social worker and a certified dyslexic reading tutor. Currently, she embraces her status as full-time homeschool mom to three awesome children. Her big dream? Becoming a Young Adult novelist, a goal she diligently pursues during the wee hours of the morning with help from a very large mug of coffee and occasionally some chocolate-covered peanuts. In addition to blogging and contributing regular inspirational articles to Crosswalk.com, The Christian Pulse, and Believe.com, she loves to mentor new writers and encourage people to share their life stories. As a member of the Cancer Mom club, she desires to connect with others in hopes of giving support to those struggling down the messy paths of life. You can find her hanging with the North Texas Christian Writers as a Critique Group Leader and Writing Coach or cheering on her writers on the Faith Team at The Christian Pulse where she recently took on the role of editor. She also loves to attend Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators meetings where she has begun a critique workshop for new writers. You can visit her website at LAFREELAND.COM.
- 2012 Oct 29
We made it! It's the last day of the prayer campaign.
Today is also my day to wrap up prayers for Maddy. But I'm cheating a little and throwing in my other kids as well because today's prayer covers safety and protection. This is a universal plea that touches my mother-heart. I hope it touches yours.
As a mother who wants the absolute best for her kids, there are days I'm tempted to do this.
Are you ever tempted to lock your kids up to guarantee their safety? Would that even work if you tried?
Maybe, I could hire them a personal escort 24/7. These guys look pretty competent.
Perhaps, that would keep them safe.
Unfortunately, no matter how hard I try, I can only do so much.
Alone, I haven't the strength, the stamina, or the will to keep my children safe all the time.
I need someone greater than me.
Because I believe that praying God's Word over my kids holds great power, this is my prayer for them.
Our world overflows with disappointment, disaster, and danger. As humans, we have sinned and that sin has taken over every part of life. It doesn't matter how good we are, how much we love You, or how hard we try, we live in a fallen world where terrible things happen to even the best of people.
Today, I give you Kyle, Alek, and Maddy. I put them, I put all of us, in the palm of Your mighty hand. Because that is all I can do. That is all the power I really have. Putting my family under Your protection allows me to, "...lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make [us] dwell in safety" (Psalm 4:8 NIV).
Protect us from random acts of violence and from becoming the target of someone bent on destruction. "Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while [we] pass by in safety" (Psalm 141:10). And, "Let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you (Psalm 5:11).
Keep our hearts focused and centered on You and Your will for our lives. When we call out for help, "May the LORD answer [us]when [we] are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect [us] (Psalm 20:1) and Do not withhold your mercy from [us], O LORD; may your love and your truth always protect...(Psalm 40:1).
We don't have to live in fear.
Jesus, thank You for taking care of my kids and my family when I am powerless, helpless, hopeless. Reach out and wrap Your mighty arms around each one of them. Protect their hearts, their minds, their bodies. Thank You that You don't sleep, You don't give up the vigil, because You are stronger and mightier than anything I could ever hope to become. Amen.
If you missed any of the campaign, it starts here: Take a Spin Down Intercession Avenue. Just because we've finished doesn't mean you have to finish. I encourage you to pray daily for your kids, your family, your friends...and, gasp, your enemies. God's Word is power. Use it.
Please share any comments. I'd love to know who you are praying for! Thank you for joining me on this journey.