4 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Eternal Life

4 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Eternal Life @ FruitfulFamilies.com

Today I’m sharing 4 ways to prepare your family for eternal life over on FruitfulFamilies.com: 

4 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Eternal Life

One of the greatest joys of being a mom is to see your children walk with God.

My children are growing up so fast – my son is 23 and then I have 4 girls ages 19, 17, 13, and 11. I can hardly believe how quickly the years have gone by!

Over the years I have had many people tell me how lucky I am to have such good kids.

Here’s the thing though – it has nothing to do with luck! Raising kids take a lot of work. And even more prayer. Raising kids who love the Lord, are respectful, compassionate, merciful, and helpful takes even more work. And lots and lots of training… read more… 

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12 Daily Prayers to Pray for Your Children {Guest Post}

12 Daily Prayers to Pray for My Children by Arabah Joy @ AVirtuousWoman.org

Today I am welcoming Arabah Joy as she writes for us. She usually writes at ArabahJoy.com, so you’ll have to check her out there! Also, you’ll find a free printable daily prayers bookmark to download at the end!

Last night I had a really bad dream. A nightmare, really. I dreamed that two of my children disappeared at a crowded bus stop. My husband jumped in a taxi to follow the bus we thought they may have gotten on and I started searching the area.

I was frightened and shocked when I found them…drugged…and with a kidnapper who refused to give them over. With him were several other children. I singlehandedly fought to get my children back.

I woke with the somber realization that, for many parents, this isn’t a dream. Kids the world over are vulnerable—and not just physically, but also emotionally and spiritually as well. Praying scripture for our children is a powerful…and simple…thing we can do for our kids.

While I can’t figure out exactly how prayer fits into the sovereignty of God, I do know the Bible says the fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16) and Jesus said we should keep praying and never give up (Luke 18).

This summer, my oldest son and I worked together to create scripture cards to use during prayer time. But I discovered that I wanted a short list of scriptures to pray EVERY DAY for my kids. With that in mind, I created a bookmark to tuck into my Bible.

Sometimes having a simple tool like this is all it takes to establish a daily habit of praying for our kids. Below are the scriptures and prayers on my daily prayer card, as well as the printable bookmark. Simply print and laminate it {or use packing tape to cover it like I do.}

Twelve Daily Prayers for My Children

  1. Pray that they will come to know Christ at a young age. Isaiah 45:8, Ecc 12:1
  2. Pray for quick conviction of sin and that their sins be found out. I John 2:1, Num 32:23
  3. Pray that they would be humble and willing to receive instruction. James 4:10, Prov 1:8
  4. Pray that they will have a love for God’s Word and accept it as the standard of Truth. Psalm 119:105, Heb 4:12
  5. Pray that they will be protected from evil, body, soul, and spirit. John 17:15, Matt 6:13
  6. Pray that they would be free of the need for people’s approval and be willing to stand alone. Gal 1:10, Daniel 1:8
  7. Pray that they will value wisdom and make wise choices. Proverbs 4:5-7
  8. Pray that they will learn to submit to God. James 4:7
  9. Pray for a faith that demonstrates itself in action and hard work. II Peter 1:5-8, Colossians 3:23
  10. Pray that they would have godly friendships and be protected from ungodly ones. Prov 1:10, I Samuel 23:16
  11. Pray for meaningful, lifelong relationships with their siblings. Job 1:2-4, Romans 12:10
  12. Pray for their future spouse. Prov 18:22, Prov 21:9

Arabah Joy is wife to Jackson and mom to four kids. She left a classy career as a CPA to live the nomadic life of a missionary. She is the author of several books, including the soon to be released book, Trust Without Borders. She and her family currently live on the 26th floor of a high rise somewhere in Asia. She loves to connect with readers on her blog at http://www.arabahjoy.com.

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  2. Download the 12 Daily Prayers for My Children Bookmark here.

Do you have a special pray you pray for your children? What would you add to this list?

12 Daily Prayers to Pray for My Children by Arabah Joy @ AVirtuousWoman.org

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The Heart of the Home – Mom {Day 54}

Mom is the Heart of the Home @ AVirtuousWoman.org

From Chaos to Calm: Day 54

Scripture Memory: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

      Mom, you really are special! Your children adore you no matter how you look, whether you are grouchy one day or loving the next. They accept you as you are.

     If you are doing anything you know you shouldn’t be doing, today I want you to offer it up in prayer to God. You have the power to teach, encourage, and direct your children as they grow. No one has as much influence as you do. And your children are watching.

     Bad habits are just that – BAD HABITS. We have talked a lot about self-discipline over the course of this study. As you grow in your walk with Christ and follow His leading toward being the woman He created you to be, ask for forgiveness and for victory over the sins in your life.

    Whether you can’t seem to give up smoking, or four letter words fly out of your mouth when you are frustrated, or you just hate the life you have been given, Jesus can take the sin away. You can claim victory over it!

    If you want your children to grow up to follow Jesus, you are to set the example for them. I am not saying that you are to be perfect. We ALL make mistakes. I am talking about sins that are a regular part of your life – habits that push you away from instead of toward God.

     Make a list of things you know you need to change. Start the list with the BIG things like smoking, drinking, or even bitterness. Place the list inside your Bible and each morning as you go to God to receive that blessed Manna, seek out HIS strength, ask for courage, for discipline, and for victory. If you need help, ask your husband or a friend to encourage you and to keep you accountable.

     Remember that every decision that you make will potentially affect the choices your family – your children – make in the years to come. Be an effective witness for Jesus and do what you know is right.

Love is patient, love is kind. {Mom is the Heart of the Home} @ AVirtuousWoman.org

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