For You & Yours

A prayer and a blessing…

This Valentine’s Day, may you reach your broken hearts out to the One who mends broken hearts and holds us together in His Love. Let His love be more than a bandaid, more than a quick fix, but rather a complete healing and total transformation. May His Forever Love give you hope for tomorrow and the next day and the next. Let it empower you to love others, and yes, even love yourself. And when your human love fails, may it be but an arrow pointing towards the Love of One whose love never fails. Be reminded today that God loves you wholeheartedly, and He died to make you whole.

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Winds of Change

Change is in the air.

This fall marks a milestone for our family and a big change for us all. We sent our oldest off to sixth grade away from home. He’s in a great school with a great teacher and great classmates, and I am truly thankful. I’m thankful for the years we’ve had at home together, and now I’m grateful that I can pass the baton onto others to carry out the vision of Christian education I long for our children to have. But it’s not without a few tears and sadness. (All mine, not his, that is.) I’m also thankful for the opportunity to spend more focused time homeschooling our two still at home. A friend of mine uses the term “hybrid homeschooler,” and it fits well for our new life of blending private school and homeschooling for our family.

These winds of change have caused me to reflect a bit. I’ve been reflecting on the pros and cons of homeschooling. (You may hear more about that sometime.) I’ve also been convicted about my lack of trust. I’d like to trust God with my children more than I have in the past. That sounds pretty lame to say that, but when I realize all the ways that I have forged my own path for my children and then just kind of asked God to bless it along the way, I am humbled by how much God even puts up with my arrogance, independence, and false assumptions. Not to mention my lack of faith in how much bigger God is than I am.

One huge way that I can trust God is through prayer. Prayer is a reminder that I am weak and He is strong. That apart from God, I can do nothing. That it is God who softens and changes hearts–not my parenting, or however wise or foolish a parent I might be from day to day.

I’ve found a great guide to help me grow in this area of praying for my children. It’s inspired me to pray more purposefully this fall. There’s 31 biblical virtues to pray for our children. Would you consider joining me in 31 days of prayer for our dears ones? Let our prayers be full of faith and hope in all that God will do in the lives of our children.

Day 1: Pray for salvation — “Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.” (Isa. 45:8; 2 Tim. 2:10)