“Father, let my children make every effort to do what leads to peace” (Romans 14:19).
Some days I am excited to write on a day’s topic and others I sit on it a long time. Today was one of those days. I had no words. I always pray for words from Father before I start writing but today I just sat here and stared ahead blankly. Thankfully, God’s Word has quite a bit to say in regards to peace.
“Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts” (2 Timothy 2:21-23). I find this verse very fitting as we’re praying for our kids. It touches on an issue so many kids struggle with when growing up while also directing them towards honorable behavior.
“Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love” (2 John 1:2-4). To make this a little easier to understand, I like to cut out the middle portion and read it like this, “Grace, mercy, and peace—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love”. I love the end of this verse… “who live in truth and love”. This helps me understand what a life of peace looks like.
“And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness” (James 3:17-18). What a beautiful picture this paints – righteousness coming from practicing peace in our lives.
“Now may the God of peace…” (Hebrews 13:20) Most importantly, Father is peace and we are called to live in peace. I want righteousness for my kids. I want them to live peaceful lives that are honoring to God. Peace isn’t talked about enough in our day to day lives. Let’s change that and pray peace over our babies today.
Guest post – Rachel Theobold
“Grant that my children may be generous and willing to share, laying up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for eternity” (1 Timothy 6:18-19).
I’m a mom of two kids. One is three years old and the other is almost one. The paraphrase of the scripture above is real to me because sharing is an issue we deal with almost every moment of every day. However, it’s not only about sharing toys and taking turns, and 1 Timothy drives the true point home, it’s about establishing a firm foundation for eternity.
Being generous sounds easy enough, but what does it truly look like? What if we take a second and examine each area of our lives. Are we generous with our time, for example? Let’s break this down a little. Do we stop to listen to our kids when they have something to say or are we too busy? Do we take a day off of work to enjoy our kid’s company even though it isn’t convenient or conducive to our schedule? Or how are our kids expected to learn generosity if we don’t give money to those who need it, or take a meal to someone who’s recently had a baby?
Our God has an amazing way of giving us opportunities to make the right choice. I was in the middle of writing that last paragraph and down walks Makenzie, who I might add is supposed to be in bed. Dad put her to bed earlier, but she needed “mom in her room”. I caught myself telling her that I couldn’t come, and then remembered what I wrote just two sentences before. Today I am thankful for Father’s grace and forgiveness and the chances he gives me each and every day to make a better choice. He uses things in our day to day lives to encourage us and gives us chances to honor Him. I am thankful for that chance.
Our kids are our mission field. It is our job to disciple them and pray for Father to work in their lives so that they can know Him and spend eternity with Him. If God’s word directs us to be generous and willing to share, laying up treasure for a firm foundation for eternity, then we need to do it. Let’s be aware of all the moments he gives us to make the right choice, and today let’s choose to be generous.
Guest post- Rachel Theobald
“Lord, may my children ‘always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else’” (Ephesians 4:32).
“Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?” –Romans 2:4
God’s kindness is so powerful that it turns our hearts to repentance. How powerful is Father’s kindness to be able to do that? Now, think about how powerful kindness can be in your life. Kindness on our part as parents can also help lead our kids to right behavior. If we follow Father’s example and show kindness to our kids, they are then learning correct behavior, a spiritual truth about Father, and then their cups will be full and will overflow. They will then start to show kindness without even knowing it. How beautiful of a sight to see our kids when they are kind to their brothers and sisters, to see them caring about their friends at church or in their schools!
Also, good behavior is contagious. When someone shows you kindness does it not want you to be kind too? Can you imagine the impact and the testimony they are going to have to their non-believing friends when they are showing kindness like Father shows us? Kindness leads to repentance. Our kid’s kindness can lead others to repentance and that ultimately is why we are here – to make disciples and bring others to a personal relationship with Father.
Let’s go show kindness to our kids. Let’s be examples so that they can mirror us as examples and then go out and be world changers!
Guest post- Rachel Theobald
“Create in them a pure heart, O God, and let their purity of heart be
shown in their actions” (Psalm 51:10).
Purity is such an important issue as our kids grow. As a nation we are bombarded with images and ideas that encourage us to ignore pure
thoughts and give in to sin. Living a pure life will mean less heart ache, better and truer relationships and friendships. It will allow them to be closer to Father with less “gunk” filling their hearts.
A pure mind and heart will be shown through their actions. Ezekiel
17:8 is says, “It had been planted in good soil by abundant water so
that it would produce branches, bear fruit and become a splendid
vine.” If their hearts are getting filled with spiritual truths and
they are guarding their hearts and minds they will bear good fruit.
Let’s work on being more mindful in what we watch, say, wear, and
listen to in front of our kids to make sure that we are leading them
as a strong, pure example.
I love how each day, the previous days topic is needed to support the
current day’s topic. Our kids need courage in order to love out a life
of purity. They need courage to stand up to their peers. We really are
building a great foundation for our kids this month. Each spiritual
truth prayed over them stacks on top of the last and is building in
them in strength to live out each of these principles.
Guest post- Rachel Theobald
“May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
There are so many Bible stories that come to mind when I hear the word “courage.” The life of David stands out in particular. As a young boy he fought off wild animals to protect his sheep, he fought in wars, fled for his life from Saul, and one of my favorites is when he fought Goliath.
He was not old or big enough at the time to be fighting with his brothers in the war, yet he single handedly killed a giant. The odds were against him on so many levels. Yet, he knew that Father was there with him, and would help him win. That was just one battle out of so many where David chose to allow Father to work through him to accomplish so much.
An old saying goes– “Real men love Jesus.” Let’s be real men/women and love Father so much and open our hearts up to His work in our lives. Let’s pray for courage that can only come from Him, courage for our kids to stand up among their peers, to be bold, and speak truth and life into dark places.
My prayer is for Castle Rock to be changed because the youth of our town are standing up for truth. That we can, with courage, take the truth of Father’s love to every person we meet, whether that be here locally or nationwide. That we will make disciples everywhere we go. We all believe, now let’s be an example ourselves and pray for our kids to be even stronger than we are and change this world for Jesus.
Guest post- Rachel Theobald