I always thought my Mom was a great mother. She seemed to have such wisdom in how she parented her three daughters.
One day, when I was a parent myself and having a difficult time with a situation, I asked my Mom how she had always managed to know the answers. She said she didn’t always know the answers; she prayed a lot and did the best she could.
I never asked her what exactly she said when she prayed, but it may have been something like this:
Thank You for my children. I know they are a gift from You. Daily I need Your strength and wisdom to train them in the way they should go. Give me patience and a joyful heart; let me be an example of Your love and forgiveness. Thank You, Father, for the honor of being a parent. Amen.
As I look back on her response, it was great advice for parenting, but also for getting through life.
Take a minute to think about it.. PRAY A LOT AND DO THE BEST YOU CAN.
I always remind myself that the formal prayers that are written in books were written by people like you and me. Everyday people with everyday thoughts.
It’s not as much WHAT you pray, but THAT you pray. It’s including God in your life on a daily basis and having conversations with Him throughout the day. He’s like any parent, mentor, friend; remember to ask advice and to thank Him for the counsel. I always have to remind myself that my plan isn’t necessarily God’s plan.
THE PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is dispair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Help me remember what a difference it makes when I make time with You a priority in my morning. Awaken me in body and spirit each day with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance and wisdom over my heart as I prepare to go into my day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
I don’t know who or what will cross my path today. But I do know that You are my Rock and my Fortress. You are my Shield and my Strong Tower. Help me to anchor myself to You today. Teach me how to stand strong in You and choose only Your way today. Help me walk by Your truth and not my feelings.
Help me to embrace anything that comes my way as an opportunity to see You at work and as an opportunity to point others to You.
Thank You that You love me and nothing can ever take that away from me! Even if I fail today and fall short, You whisper Your unconditional love deep into my soul and remind me that Your mercies are new every morning. That truly amazes me, Lord.
Thank You for meeting with me today. Would You wake me again tomorrow with the same sweet whisper of Your love? I can’t wait to meet with You again. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.