I’m on vacation visiting my mom and usually don’t blog much in the summer. I’d like to but I’m always debating if my readers and visitors will stop by if I’m not dressed up and forcing the kid to take pictures of me. No really, some days he hates it. So I end up ignoring the blog most of the summer. Well not this time around. There’s more to me than cute clothes and rants about the state of education. I’m an avid reader, I enjoy writing, I’m not officially the mother of a teenager and I’ve been called to pray.
Of all the hats I wear being a mother and praying is most important and dear to me. It doesn’t make me perfect. I know y’all read my tweets and Facebook post. It makes me hungry to know God in a real intimate way so that I can speak blessings over my life, my son’s life and those connected to me.
The day preceding my son‘s birthday I felt the sincere urge to pray a special prayer for me. Yes not so much him but me. It‘s difficult to parent. It’s even more difficult to parent alone. We have a great support system but at the end of the day, KT is my responsibility. What I believe will be instilled in him. How I carry myself as a woman will influence his choice when selecting a mate. The way I handle his mistakes will either drive him to his friends for advice or create a bond of trust and respect where he will come to me with anything.
All these things I’ve been considering lately as I’ve read the reports on Pastor Creflo Dollar and even swapped stories of children who are going through a horrific rebellious stage. I had one. You did as well. I survived because my mom covered me in prayer and guided me through the missteps. I’m not suggesting all you need to do is prayer and God will miraculously make your child/ren the politest, studious, talented kids on the planet. I am suggesting that parenting mixed with prayer works.
Today I offer you a simple prayer to recite over yours kids daily. Make it personal. Add to it. But don’t take away from it. Our young people have much more to maneuver to be successful than our parents did or we even encountered. I often tell friends I don’t think I am capable of bringing more children into such a evil and mean world. The Auburn shootings this week made it clear that self hatred continues to destroy the African American community. Another young man facing capital murder charges and the lives of so many forever changed!
Take time to mentor a kid or two. Single moms be a mom. Single dads be a dad. You can’t play both roles. God never intended you to be both or you would have created the kid alone. Make the best of your role. I can’t give my son everything (and I do give him a lot!). What I can give is my time, being present in the moment, celebrating his accomplishments and teaching him to reverence God. That in itself for me is invaluable.
Take time to day to pray and show your kid/s the same love Christ has shown you repeatedly. Forgive. Encourage. Celebrate. Pray. Live. Love. Laugh.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of life. For our children!
They are so very precious in your eyes. The world today isn’t easy
for them to navigate. As a parent, step-parent, guardian or mentor
we don’t have all the right answers to ensure they don’t make mistakes.
We ask for your guidance daily as they live the life you’ve
granted. We pray they are leaders at home, school
with friends and when they think no one is looking.
Help us not to provoke our children to wrath and rebellion.
Allow the lines of trust and communication to be open
so they will seek us out for advice.
Let friendships/relationships be Godly.
Help them develop a love for you in their youth.
Protect them from the things they don’t see.
Allow their gifts and talents to be used
to bring glory to the Kingdom of God.
May they always remember
true living is in living for you.
In His Love,