Each morning, before we leave our house and drive to school, I pray aloud with my daughters. One of my frequent prayers is that they will make good decisions and wise choices.
I do not know what lies ahead of them on a given day, but God does. At the ages of nine and seven, the situations they face may seem minor, but each small choice can lead to a larger one. Whether it’s selecting a friend to play with, following direction from their teacher, struggling on a test, or displaying a cheerful attitude, they will decide how to respond.
If they learn to choose wisely now, it increases the chance that they will do so in the future. Disciplining themselves to listen for that quiet voice of their conscience and the inward tugging of the Holy Spirit can become a habit that will stand them in good stead in the years to come.
I am not there to offer guidance in each decision, but God is. It is part of my job as a parent to give them the Biblical foundation for discerning right and wrong – and to pray, with them and for them, to have the perception to choose wisely.
What is something that you pray for your children?
This post is linked to Make Your Home Sing Monday.
Great post! We can't be there all the time, but in our leading through when we are with them and prayers. We pray that they do well when they aren't with them. 😀
Forever Neighbor says
Love it! Last year when I drove my children to school we would say a prayer together also. My children would look forward to it, and if we didn't say it at our usual spot, they would say "mom aren't you going to pray"? (When we turned onto the road of their school we would start our prayers). I think that is a great thing you are doing because it also shows your daughters to pray in all situations.
What a beautiful post! The battle for our children begins on our knees, in prayer, doesn't it? I am so thankful that we have the Lord to place a hedge of protection and guidance around them.
I had a friend call me once, when my son was younger and she was babysitting. She had told him that he could use the computer and he said "No thank you, I don't think my mom would like it."
That's because we had a standing rule that they weren't allowed to use the computer at someone else's house, and I was just so appreciative that he was obeying our rules, even when his hostess didn't know them. Thanks for linking up today!