Please enable me to see how important my calling of being a mom really is. Please help me to learn how to best love my children, that they might come to know you, and that I will not bring reproach on You, my Savior, whose name I bear. (Titus 2:4-5).
I pray that I would “…delight to do Thy will, O my God” (Psalm 40:8), and I thank you that this calling will help me “to be conformed to the likeness of Your Son” (Romans 8:29).
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I am aware that some women are never able to become mothers and that it is a privilege that I have been given. I pray that I would take this responsibility seriously, and that I would see very clearly the important role I have in the lives of my children.
Please help me to truly see, from my heart, that my children are a precious gift from You. Please enable me to care for, nurture, and lovingly meet their needs, daily telling each one that they are a gift from Your hand. (Psalm 127:3-5, Titus 2:4).
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I pray for the strength to be available to them when they need me to be, that I would not miss the opportunities to teach them through out the day, that I would not allow anything in (even my own dreams and ambition) that might steal those important moments. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7), and that I would desire to be involved in their lives by connecting with them and encouraging them in any way possible. (Ephesians 6:4).
I pray that you would give me wisdom to know what to teach them each day so that they might learn your Word, but also have a correct view of the world around them. (Psalm 78:5,6, Deuteronomy 4:10, Ephesians 6:4).
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Please enable me to have insight to know how to train each child, helping them to develop skills and discover their strengths (Proverbs 22) and spiritual gifts. (Romans 12:3-8, 1 Corinthians 12).
Please give me wisdom to know how to best discipline them, in a loving, controlled manner, showing them much grace! (Ephesians 6:4, Hebrews 12:5-11, Proverbs 13:24).
Please give me wisdom to know how I can nurture my relationship with each child, and enable me to provide an atmosphere of support, grace, acceptance, affection, and unconditional love ( 2 Timothy 1:7, Galatians 5:22, 1 Peter 3:8-9).
I pray that I would be an authentic example of what it means to follow hard after You, and that I would model what it means to live for you. I pray that when I sin, I would model humility and ask for their forgiveness. (Deuteronomy 4:9, Proverbs 10:9, 11:3, Psalm 37:18, 37).
I pray that you would help me to see my calling as a joyous task, that I would offer my efforts up to You, bathing each task in prayer, that I would catch Your vision of making and nurturing a home, knowing that if I am faithful I will be considered to be “…worth far more than rubies” (Proverbs 31:10), and I will one day hear the words, “... Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matt. 25:21).
This article originally appeared on GinalSmith.com. Used with permission.
Gina Smith is the author of Grace Gifts: Celebrating Your Children Every Day, and writes at her personal blog GinalSmith.com She has also been featured on HSLDA'S Homeschool Heartbeat Radio. She has been married to her husband Brian for 29 years and they have 2 adult children. You can follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
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Publication date: August 14, 2017