Welcome to the first ever Tuesday Tip For Mom! I hope that you will find ideas that are encouraging and helpful to you and that you will take some time to share what you have learned to encourage and help others.
This was not the post that I had planned for today, it wasn’t even my plan B (and I actually had a plan B). It is the post that is, which means that, in God’s good providence, it is the perfect post for today.
I have a notebook in the back of my Bible where I keep a list of specific requests that I pray everyday for each of the children. I have one request for each child based on where they are in their life, what they are working on or struggling with. Some examples of my requests are; kind speech, diligence in their work, that they would learn to read or have success using the potty. My requests are fairly specific and I pray for these things everyday.
In addition to praying for God’s help in a specific area of our children’s life, I have used this list in various ways to encourage or exhort individual kiddos depending on their personality and circumstances. When a child is having a particularly tough fight with an obvious sin, I will sometimes take them aside and tell them that I am praying for them in this particular area and encourage them to add it to their prayer list also. I will remind them that God desires obedience and promises that He will answer our prayers and that He loves it when we pray and ask Him for help.
More often I tell the children when I am able to cross a request off of their list. I will pull the child aside and say, “Mommy has been praying for you to use kind speech and God has really answered my prayers. You have been speaking kindly to your siblings and I’m proud of you and I don’t need to pray for God to change your speech anymore.” Then we will pray and thank God for answering prayer and for enabling that child to speak kindly rather than harshly to their siblings.
A few years ago we had a child who was struggling with lying. It was a time of intense struggle and we were dealing with the issue everyday, if not several times each day. At one point I sat down with the child and told him/her that I was praying for them to speak the truth and I showed him/her that request on my list. The child broke down into tears and hugged me and thanked me for praying for them to stop lying. They said that they wanted to tell the truth and asked God to help them tell the truth, but it was just too hard. Knowing that I was praying for them in that specific way encouraged that child. Rather than feeling alone in a difficult battle they knew that they had an ally. That time of dealing with dishonesty was short-lived and we rejoiced together when it was once again easy for him/her to tell the truth. To this day whenever we ask “Who did…?” this child is always the first to confess if they are guilty. The child has no fear of speaking the truth and we continue to thank God for His continued work in that life.
Pray specifically for your children that’s my Tuesday Tip for Mom. Now it’s your turn.
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