honesty :: praying for my kids

Wow. The day has escaped me. I can’t believe I am just now sitting down to share the next virtue. But before I jump in, I just can’t resist a quick story…

Yesterday I got a sweet comment on my post from my friend Casey. Here’s what she said:

I just prayed over my children, but before I did, I explained what this challenge was all about… my son immediately understood what we were doing and said, “It’s like in the song we sing at church, ‘Pray in the morning. Pray in the noon time. Pray when the day is smooth (I believe it actually says ‘through’). Pray when you’re worried. Pray when you don’t know what to do.'” Then, together, as I prayed over them, we shared such a peaceful moment… it was beautiful.

Now I want to share with you how our prayer went with the kids last night:

Kids, we are going to pray about contentment tonight. Do you know what that means? Wait, Davis, come back here. Reide, sit still. Grab Bennett, he’s on the move. Oh well. We will just pray over him as he wanders around. Dear Jesus, we pray for contentment in our hearts. Shhh, y’all stop talking while daddy is praying…and so on!!

What different experiences Casey and I had yesterday but it doesn’t matter because we were praying! Now some nights we will pray with our kids as a family, some nights we will pray over them individually in their beds as we put them down for the night, some nights hubby and I will pray together for them and then some nights just on our own. Tonight before I go to bed, I’m going to journal my prayer over them. It really doesn’t matter how we do it, as long as we do it!

Today’s virtue to pray: HONESTY

Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. (Proverbs 12:19)

Our culture is crazy good at stretching the truth but calling it truth. And the black and white lines are pretty grey these days. That’s why honesty is one of those virtues that we need to be praying over our kids. Not only do I pray that the words that come out of their mouths are truthful, but I also pray that they are honest with me as they grow up and experience new things. I remember a mom years ago (before I had kids) share with me that her daughter came to her asking what some words meant that she heard other kids using. And these weren’t just cuss words, but words that explained sexual things in nature. Um, I am NOT ready for that conversation! But stop and think how amazing that is…for a daughter to come to her mom in complete HONESTY about what she experienced. I don’t want my babies to walk through life thinking that they are alone so they never share anything with me…good or bad. Instead, I pray I set the stage in my home now that it is a safe place where we share the truth together.

Now I am ready to hit my knees and pray this over them. I hope you are too!