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Sometimes as a mom, I get overwhelmed with all I should be doing for my kids' spiritual development. I should be reading the Bible with my kids, teaching them Scripture, training them on character qualities, helping them understand prayer. The list goes on and on.
Equally important are my prayers FOR my kids ... but when I start considering all I should be praying for, this list is even longer than the first!
After praying about it (what a concept!), I came up with four foundational things to pray for my children daily. Yes, there will be additional things to add on, but this a great place to start. To make these things easier to remember, think of the song Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.
Head. Pray your children will always lift their heads to look to the Lord, and when they're too hurt or discouraged, pray they'll allow God to lift their heads. “But you, God, shield me on all sides; You ground my feet, you lift my head high.” Psalm 3:3*
Shoulders. Pray your children will learn to let God carry their burdens. “Pile your troubles on God's shoulders—he'll carry your load, he'll help you out.” Psalm 55:33
Knees. Pray your children will get on their knees before God often. “Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it's the only way you'll get on your feet.” James 4:7
Toes. Pray your kids will be connected to a community of believers who will keep them on their toes. “So watch your step, friends. Make sure there's no evil unbelief lying around that will trip you up and throw you off course, diverting you from the living God. For as long as it's still God's Today, keep each other on your toes so sin doesn't slow down your reflexes. If we can only keep our grip on the sure thing we started out with, we're in this with Christ for the long haul. Hebrews 3:12
If you like this list, share it with a friend. Can you see all of us around the world praying for our children as we sing … “Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes. Head ...”
*All Scripture is taken from The Message
Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty-four books including Blue Like Play Dough, The Mommy Memoir, and The Swiss Courier. She won historical novel of the year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and the writer of the year award from Mt. Hermons Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. In 2010 she was selected as one of the top moms to follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are a part of the ministry of FamilyLife. You can join her at www.triciagoyer.com and on twitter.
Yes we have GIVEAWAYS to celebrate Day 2 of our launch!!!
Don't you just love Tricia?! I am so glad she is a part of The Better Mom! She is giving away one of her many books.
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As a busy homeschooling mom of three children, a writer, a volunteer at church and with a crisis pregnancy center Tricia often found herself overwhelmed, overworked and overloaded. She learned that relief from all the stress of all her many hats she wore came through her relationship with God. When she slowed down and made time for God, God made time for all the other things to be accomplished. Check out Blue Like Playdough on Amazon,visit Tricia Goyer at www.triciagoyer.com and follow her on twitter.
When I saw this curriculum from The Learning Parent, I HAD to email them! They graciously gave me the opportunity to review it and I am thrilled to offer it as a giveaway to you today! Marilyn Boyer says this, "Every negative character quality trait our children exhibit is just a positive character quality misused"
I have been going through this curriculum from The Learning Parent with all of my sweet children, ages 2, 4, 7, and 9 and it is PERFECT for teaching character. They love it, look forward to it, and REMEMBER it! It takes you through 12 character studies in 36 lessons and can be modified for any age. The character studies are obedience, patience, honesty, gratefulness, respectfulness, responsibility, initiative, diligence, kindness, self-control, and deference. For each character trait you read a story out of Crossroads of Character (cute book!), you read a Bible story to go along with it, you memorize the character definition and a Bible verse (with a flashcard), you listen to a story on CD, and you have the choice of Hands-On character building ideas to help apply the trait. You know what I really love?!! My children randomly spout off the character definitions when facing a choice of how they will act. All of the sudden I will hear from the other room, "Patience: Waiting with a happy heart!"! I love it because I see them responding and acting on what they have learned! Check out The Learning Parent and all of their great materials here. p.s. this isn't just for homeschooling families.. it would be a great addition to any home.
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