“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything
by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God.”
I believe the Lord intends to use the next few months to provide me with vital training for motherhood. Even though my heart’s desire is to bring our daughter home as soon as possible so we can begin caring for her every need, I know there is a divine reason behind this extended period of waiting.
Perhaps part of that reason is learning that the only thing I can do for my daughter right now is the most important thing I’ll ever be able to do for her.
Elizabeth George comments on the crucial role of prayer in motherhood…
Raising children is never done perfectly, but it is usually done with a heart of unmeasurable love…and hope. Perhaps the most encouraging wisdom and insight I received as a young, wondering, clueless mom was actually given to Jim, my husband and father of our two daughters. And it was shared by another father. I was extremely blessed to be there when Jim’s friend shared it, and I clung to its message while my girls were in their formative years and living at home. And guess what? I still draw comfort from it. Jim’s mentor said, “The ground at the cross is level when it comes to child raising.”
This experienced dad went on to explain that he had learned not to judge other parents because the way is hard for all mothers and fathers. It’s a mega-challenge for each and every parent. He also said the end results are never fully evident because God is in the equation—that only time will reveal the outcome of our parenting which is intermingled with God’s sovereignty and grace. No matter what appears to be real, whether rough seas or smooth sailing, all parents need God, and with God, all things are always possible.
You know what this means, don’t you? That you and I as parents must always be praying for our children regardless of their age or stage in life. In fact, this is yet another one of God’s “missions for moms”: We are to be prayer warriors. We are to do battle through prayer on behalf of our precious children…
[A] daughter of any age needs your prayers, mom, in every area of her tender and trying life. In short, she needs you to be a mother who prays. Whatever it takes, fight off any excuses and be that praying mom. View prayer as your unique privilege, and also your responsibility. Prayer is not a chore, but it does require a decision and some time. And it’s not a job; it is your mission. And it’s not optional. No, it’s crucial.
[Raising a Daughter after God’s Own Heart, pp. 29-30, 35]
If you’re a believer in Christ, you’ll never find yourself in a situation where there’s nothing you can do for your child.
We have a mission; let’s go to war.
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