A Prayer for Moms with Sick Kids in the Summertime

“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28

Summer is a welcome break in routine. Relaxation. Laughter. Sunshine. Fun. But soon after the regularity that our children are accustomed to comes ends, their health can take a brief nose dive. 

To all of the moms exhausted by long summer days and seasonal viruses… take heart. Through prayer, we can regain our strength and help our little ones return to fun in the sunshine. 

Father, praise You for summertime. We long to stretch our legs and run the entire length of the long days that the season of summer brings. The flowers bloom, the grass turns green again, and everything seems to come back to life. In Your time, all things work for the glory of Your good. From the changing of the weather, to the seasons of our lives. Praise Your eternal and all-encompassing grasp on the minutes of our lives. 

Thank You for the joy that children bring to us, as they scamper barefoot in the grass and rescue worms chased onto the sidewalk. The familiar smell of a hard summer rain causes us to smile as we watch our kids run freely through the downpours that cool off the hot summer pavement. There is a joy in letting go of bedtimes for campfires and firefly chases. Through our children, we are reminded of the simple tones of happiness that rest in the humid days and starry nights of summertime. 

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A Prayer for Health

Daily life is littered with all sorts of sickness. Flu season hit my household this week, and according to the CDC, most of United States is in the midst of a “high activity” flu season. One does not realize the luxury of the average day until it’s besieged and de-railed by influenza. Life comes to a pause, and workloads pile up. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in four adults had one or more chronic health conditions in 2012. Discouragement that leads to a depressive state cannot be categorized as a “it will never happen to me” notion. Mental health is an astronomical concern in this country. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five adults in the US experience mental illness in a given year. 

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” (3 John 1:2)

If our bodies and minds are ailing at such a high rate, it shouldn’t surprise us that our spiritual lives are unhealthy as well. LifeWay Research released a report in April of 2017 that states “more than half of Americans have read little or none of the Bible.” Though we don’t have full control over flu germs, depression, and terminal disease, we can choose to read Scripture daily.

Let’s pray for complete health, mind, body and soul. To seek His counsel in all things, and welcome the wisdom of the Holy Spirit into the part of our hearts that need healing. A healthy life is comprised of more than a fit physically body free of injury and illness.

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Cover Your Family With This Prayer

Many of the most important lessons God will teach us will come out of the adversities of family life. During a battle with bullying, my daughter clung to Ecclesiastes 9:10“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” (NIV) Through her trials, she chose to focus on working hard with the gifts God has blessed her with. Lessons from my 10-year-old. God is not a God of coincidence. We can learn the most about who God created us to be from the people He places in our families.

A pastor at my church recently preached, “You can’t really prove what’s there, but you can show it.” Esther 4:14 immediately came to mind. Watching my child get bullied was painful. I doubted my ability to guide her through it. But He was faithful to remind me, “For such a time as this.” As Esther was made queen, I was made “mom.” You were made “dad …brother …husband …grandpa …sister, aunt …and so on. Let’s take hold of these truths today and pray for the role each of our family members has been blessed by God to live.



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A Prayer for Students During Testing Season

The stress on today’s youth to test well is palpable. The anxiety for some to achieve perfection, and for others to simply pass minimum standards, is far more than any other generation has had to endure. As students head into exam season, the hyper-focused visions for their futures can be too much for them to bare. Though they have been crafted by such unique and individual purpose by their Creator, test scores threaten to drag God’s vision for their lives out of focus.

From elementary school-aged on, children are put through a gauntlet of standardized and educational achievements, but at the end of the day there isn’t a score high enough to fill the void that a lack of Peace can leave in their hearts.

Let’s pray for students in the testing season to see past their scores, and onto the greater purpose their lives have been prepared to walk into.

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A Prayer for Baby

“In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:10NIV

Long before we’re striding through the race of parenthood, the “what if” worrying begins. Tiny humans remind us how helpless we are at the life’s first breath, but the God who omnisciently knows us (Psalm 139:16), holds us safely in His mighty hands. The Hebrew word for hand, in the context of Job 12:10“represents stewardship and personal responsibility.” God is a personal God (Isaiah 43:3), and He cares for us. (Matthew 6:26)

Though God tells us not to worry (Matthew 6:25-34), angst is often our gut reaction to all things “baby.” God assures us that every life has a purpose (Exodus 9:16), He is in control (Philippians 4:6-7), and that we, above all else, are to love. (1 Peter 4:8) Let’s pray, today, not only for the physical health of the newest generation, but for their steadfast pursuit of Christ. May we be leaders and guides more often than control freaks and worriers, encouragers over fear mongers, and know when to let go and let God. Use the following to pray for your baby with words of hope, peace and security.

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