My kids have really been shocking me lately with their awesomeness.
I guess that sounds kind of bad. I’m their mom, I shouldn’t be shocked by how awesome they are right?
But I am. Their level of awesome has risen so much in the two weeks they’ve been out of school. Those two weeks, by the way, have been quite the tumultuous time for their father and I. Examples:
- Melanie playing with her sister all day, no electronics. Playing. With minimal fights!
- Zach doing the dishes and trash without being asked.
- Both offering to help when they see it’s needed.
- Melanie reading to her sister, without being asked, so she can pick a prize out at the library.
- They brought in and put all the groceries away yesterday.
- They’ve been working out with me without complaining.
- Zach worked out with his CrossFit instructor uncle who said he “was very easy to coach” and a “really good runner.”
- Melanie picked and ate raw green beans at the farm this week.
- Ayla helping more with chores and not whining as much.
- Zach opening doors. And reading the bible when he could’ve been on his iPad.
I mean, the list goes on and on. Consider me shocked. It’s like they’ve grown so much overnight. I know I’ve tried to be more intentional about my momming lately. So, that helps.
Earlier this year, I wrote about choosing bible verses for my kiddos. I chose a scripture for each of them. I also mentioned in that post that I wanted to pray the verses over them.
The way that looks each day is I pray two lines for each kid each day. And I’ve just realized that that is the reason I’ve been shocked at how awesome they’re being.
I have that weird only child over achiever complex. I’m always trying to achieve, I rarely stop long enough to note when I have. And honestly, my faith is another manifestation of this. I do many things I know I should, and I honestly believe in them, I believe in God, I see him show up daily in my life. I am Jesus-powered.
I am still shocked when my prayers are answered gradually. Right? Like most of the time it seems like prayers are answered obviously or when we’re looking back with hindsight. It’s like when you lose weight slowly. You might not see it daily, but if you look at a photo from six months ago it’s obvious!
And that’s how it has been with my kiddos. I woke up and realized these prayers are working! WAY more than I would’ve expected! (Gosh! What could God do in my life if I DID expect more?)
Without further ado, here is the simple prayer I say for each kiddo:
- Common sense and success belong to Zach. Insight and strength are his. Father, help me to be the mom he needs today.
- Help Melanie to guard her heart above all else and know it determines the course of her life. Help me to be the mom she needs today.
- Jesus you are with Ayla, she will not fall. You will help her at the break of day. Help me the mom she needs today.
- Show me the little moments I can be the mom they need today.
That’s it! My prayer time does take a few minutes, but a bit of that is me getting distracted and refocussing. These simple prayers have been a huge gamer changer! You can see why, right?
Because they’re focussed on what I can control: Asking God to intervene on their behalf and asking Him to help ME see and BE the mom they uniquely need.
By focussing on what I can control and allowing God to lead the way, I have a recipe for success. Apparently. I’m still reeling from Zach doing the dishes without being told.
Happy Fierce Faith Friday! Comment below, how do you pray for your kids? Do you think you could start with one simple line today?
- “Help me be the mom/dad my child needs today.”