This is class 2 of HOW TO START PARENTING THE HEART OF YOUR CHILD: FREE PARENTING CLASS
Mom, Are You Scared to Pray When Parenting The Heart Of Your Child?
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That place of surrender in my parenting I told you about yesterday was really just the beginning.
By this time my oldest was close to 5. That was when God placed this desire in my heart to parent His way. I knew I wanted to win their hearts and learn what faith lived out parenting really looked like….
But honestly, I was afraid.
I didn’t grow up in that type of environment so I had no idea where to start!
So I began with God’s word and prayer.
As my non-existent quiet time turned to weekly, bi-weekly and then daily, God stirred my heart. I wanted to learn to teach my children how to pray.
And that also freaked me out.
Maybe I could learn how to pray myself but not in depth or for long periods of time … and I certainly would never pray out loud in front of anyone including my children!
Couldn’t I just teach them and let them pray out loud so I wouldn’t have to?
Friend, looking back now, I would say God has a sense of humor!
My list of .. I want to pray but.. was not what He had in mind.
And so the journey began.
I started with practical things. Then branched a little to other areas – like stopping wherever we were to pray together when we heard ambulance sirens. Praying for the people in trouble, the EMT’s and for everyone’s salvation.
I learned God wanted me to pray real, personal, authentic, connected kind of prayers.
Because He loves me (and you!). He knew my heart already and wanted me to come to Him with it all. Every area.
So I came to key number 2 in my “faith lived out” – heart parenting journey:
Key 2: Learning to Pray When Parenting The Heart Of Your Child
Ok, but what if you’re already a Mom who has an established prayer life?
Can I gently remind you that prayer, like all areas of our relationship with the Lord, can continue to grow and grow?
If you are established in praying through parenting the heart of your child, wonderful! But don’t be afraid to ask Him to help you dig deeper.
No matter where we are at in our prayer life we can always go deeper!
So we come to today’s challenge!
- Pick one way to dig deeper in prayer.
Don’t worry, I’m not asking you to go from not praying to spending an hour in prayer a day or praying in front of a bunch of people 🙂
Let God guide you, but please do choose something that would be a bit of a stretch.
He has always blessed it when I step out – (even white knuckling it) in faith and He will do the same for you!
What if you need help Learning to Pray When Parenting The Heart Of Your Child?
I won’t leave you hanging! I have resources below to help you along the way.
Once you have chosen one way to dig deeper in prayer, please do this…
Tell someone. Accountability is a good thing.
Leave a comment and tell me your plan, tell a friend or join us in the Like Minded Musings Community Private Facebook Group for accountability and more connection and encouragement in Faith, Family, and Homeschool!
HERE ARE THE OTHER SESSIONS IN HOW TO START PARENTING THE HEART OF YOUR CHILD: FREE PARENTING CLASS
Resources to Guide You:
- Read this post on How to Encourage Your Child to Pray. It is geared for tweens ages 8-12 but I believe it can meet you where you are at!
- Download the FREE Prayer Calendar for tweens and teens in that post right here and pray through it for 31 days with your child!
- Download this FREE Prayer Journal Page and try it!
- Read this post on praying scripture for your child and Download 10 verses to Pray for your child.
- Join a prayer challenge! I collected a few of my favorites here! Some of my personal first steps in prayer were the Revive Our Hearts 30 Day Prayer Challenges!
Tomorrow we’ll talk about Key #3 it’s a top challenge a lot of parents have!!
O Lord, You have pleaded the case for my soul; You have redeemed my life. Lamentations 3:56