Jun 30, 2015

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For the last week or so, I have been digging deep into the New Testament. Don't worry, I am still knee deep in the book of 1Chronicles from our SHINE Reading Plan. [Yawn]. Oops, did I just say that out loud? Just kidding. I love it. Really, I do. [okay, you got me. It's not my favorite chapter]

My soul has been craving the words of Jesus. I need to know what He would do when faced with certain situations. I need His Words. I need His Wisdom desperately.

Sometimes, my mind gets cloudy and I get confused. "What is right, Lord? I don't know how to feel about this. What would you do? What would you say? What would you not say? Help."

So, me and my soul go to the New Testament and read. And study. And pray. And read. And pray some more.

Do you want to know a little secret? Okay, lean in closer.

When I am in a situation where I am unsure. Uncertain what to say. What to do. What to think.

This is what I do...

I immediately stop. Ask God for a Word. Something. Anything. Throw me something, Father! Please don't leave your girl hanging.

He never fails to answer, friends. EVER. This is how He answers...

In scripture from His Word. Every single time.

For example, recently I was struggling with a decision. Big time.

When I [finally] stopped my mind from thinking about it and turned my heart over to God to pray about it, I received an answer immediately.

He said this: "I am not the Author of confusion, but of Peace."

Bam. Straight from 1 Corinthians 14:33.

I knew as soon as I heard those words in my spirit what the answer was to my dilemma. One option gave me peace, the other was more messy. Too many variables and unknowns.

He is so faithful to answer, we just have to ask Him.

I believe He longs to speak to us. To lead us. To guide us. To show us the way.

We must get to know Him and His Words if we want Him to speak, friends. We must make getting to know Him our first priority above anything else.

How do we do this with all of the demands of life tugging at us?

Be still. Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

Read His Word. “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4

Pray. Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Make this your habit. Your daily routine.

Friends, it will change your life. It will change your family's life.

Devotionals, worship songs, good sermons, inspirational quotes......those are all wonderful tools in our faith toolbox. However, we won't get the fulfillment that our souls truly crave unless we go to the Bread of Life and eat from His Word.

Girlfriend, there is NOTHING on Earth like spending time with your Heavenly Father. Nothing. And everything else in life will seem sweeter after time spent with Him.

stopping, reading, and praying,


jill


Jun 11, 2015

Help me with my crazy.....

I had a moment yesterday with my kids. One of those moments that you wish you could take back and re-do.

My daughter had said one too many words to me that day. And when I say "one too many", I really mean "a million too many". It was only 10:00 am.

She is going through a phase. Without giving you too much info, I will just say, we are all exhausted with it. I have tried everything. Prayed every prayer I know to pray.

So, as I am getting dressed, and looking forward to my friend and her kids coming to visit yesterday, she started in with the "one too many words" thing.

I silently tell Jesus to help me.

My daughter persists.

I silently tell Jesus, "Never mind, I got this."

I turned around and told my beautiful blue-eyed princess to "shut-up!"

The house felt like it shook off its foundation.

Yes, I am THAT mom.

I may have said it two or three times. Don't choke on your latte.

My thirteen year old son was in the room and he gave me that , "Mom, you went a little too far look."

If you have a child over the age of 12, you know that look. The look that says, "My mom is a little on the crazy side."

When your kids are little you can be crazy and your kids don't really notice, they are just too little to really get it.

But, when they hit the tween years, you suddenly become embarrassed when your "crazy" comes out. They are like little adults now, and they can sum up your crazy in a heart beat. Shoot.

When my son gave me that, "Mom, you went a little too far look", I went over the edge again.

Shoot me now.

I told both of the kids to leave the room, I needed to find my sanity.

My teenager gave me the, "you are SO weird", look.

That's always a fun look.

They walked out of the room and I fell to my knees.

I don't even know what I prayed.

Suddenly, I remembered the verse I had prayed over my daughter the night before.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:15-4-15

Okay, God....

I KNOW it is your will for me to have peace.

I KNOW it is your will for me to have a sound mind.

I KNOW it is your will for my daughter to have a sound mind.

I KNOW it is your will for me to let my mouth spill out love and not hateful words.

I KNOW it is your will for peace to surround my home.

So, with this said, I am expecting and believing for You to mend this situation. Quickly.

I got up off the floor, my friend came over, and my day went well.

Later that day, I pulled my daughter to the side and reminded her of God's Promise to us that if we ask anything according to His Will, that He will give it to us.

She nodded and agreed.

Oh friends, we are all in this together. Me, you, our kids, our husbands....we are in  THIS thing called life. And it can be HARD as heck.

Especially as your kids get older and they see the "crazy" we try to hide from the world. It's hard to hide crazy within our four walls.

Do you need to be reminded of His Promise that He will give you what you ask for according to His will?

Peace of mind?

Healing and restoration?

Forgiveness?

Grace and mercy?

Joy?

It is all there for the taking. We just have to "open our mouths wide for Him to fill us." Psalm 81:10

He cannot fill us, unless we open our mouths to receive His goodness.

My mouth is gaping open, Lord. Fill it right up.




working on my crazy,


jill






Jun 10, 2015

When your heart needs Peace....

 





The kids and I were driving home from Athens yesterday afternoon, and suddenly the sky fell. Rain so heavy that I could barely see an inch in front of me. Although, what I could see was a HUGE semi truck behind me so close he could have kissed my bumper.

My hands gripped the wheel. I started praying.

The car was quiet, and suddenly I remembered that my nephew who was with us is terrified of storms. I looked back and I could see the panic on his face.

My daughter saw it too. She suddenly said, "Mom, we need to pray Psalm 23. Right now."

Psalm 23:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
    He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

We had memorized this Psalm earlier this year, so it was still fresh on our hearts.

Presley led the prayer, and we all said it with her.

Peace and calm filled the car. I glanced back at my nephew and his face was much more relaxed and at peace.

I have shared with my children the story of Todd Beamer from Flight 93 on September 11th, 2001. As the terrorists were taking over the plane, he made a phone call from the plane to the emergency operator. He and the operator recited the Lord's Prayer together and Psalm 23.

What an amazing testimony of his faith. He knew what would bring him peace. Todd Beamer, eventually went down with that plane. He was credited for being a hero. Todd Beamer knew where his strength and peace came from. In Christ alone.

One of my favorite parts Psalm 23 is this line:

"He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul"

He doesn't just ask us to lie down, He makes us lie down.

He doesn't just tell us where the quiet waters are, He leads us.

He doesn't tell us that He may restore our soul, He will restore our soul.

I do not know one person on Earth who doesn't need a soul restoration.

No matter what you are facing today, you need this Peace. You need this Assurance.

He is with you.

I challenge you to memorize this scripture this week. Put it as a screen saver on your phone. Tape it to your coffee maker.

Before a job interview, recite this prayer.
Before a doctor's appointment, recite this prayer.
Before a heavy conversation, recite this prayer.
Before a major decision, recite this prayer.
Before you walk out the door today, recite this prayer.

We must get in the habit of calling on God's promises if we are to live lives of Peace. Peace can only come from the Prince of Peace Himself. [Isaiah 9:6]

As I was reading in Matthew yesterday, I came across this verse and it gripped my heart.

Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.' Matthew 4:4

Did you hear that? We should live by every word from the mouth of God.

We must know His Word in order to live by them though.

Little by little, day by day. Seek Him in His Word.

Don't let it overwhelm you. Start small. Actually, there is no small in God's Word. It is all important. Every last letter in the Word of God is important!

Make it a priority this Summer. First thing in the morning, or sometime during your day. Go away with Him to a quiet place. Let Him lead you beside the still waters so that He can restore your soul.

Try this for a week, and see how it goes.

You will be amazed, my friend.


being led to quiet waters,


jill


Jun 3, 2015

We can do hard things....

Hi.

It's been a while, I know.

Are you still reading along with me on our reading plan? It's okay if you are not. You can jump in at any time.

Actually, now is a great time to jump in! We are reading some of my favorite scriptures right now in 1 Samuel. King David is the star of this story. Swoon.

I love David. I mean, I LOVE him. [Lem knows, he's cool with it]

So, Summer is here. Schedules can be kind of crazy. I get it.

My kids are home and we are having a blast. Well, I think we are anyway. If you ask them today if we are having fun, I am not sure what they will say.

Yesterday, I had them make homemade ice cream--without an ice cream maker. They googled the instructions and spent an hour in the kitchen learning about what rock salt does and how thankful we are for new technology--like ice cream makers and electricity.

I thought it was fun and a scientific learning experience. I don't think they have the same perspective.

Okay, so back to SHINE girls.

It's been hard for me to sit down and write. Not because I don't have a lot to write about. I could go on for years about God's Word. Decades even.

However, my heart has just been in a hurting place. When my heart hurts, it's hard to find the motivation to motivate. Know what I mean?

My friend, Erin, is going through the trial of a lifetime. I hurt for her. So badly. Please pray for The Spinks family. Please pray for healing. Please pray for peace. Please pray for Erin and Chuck.

Another friend lost her brother to suicide. Oh the loss. Oh the pain. Oh the sadness. Please pray for the Hudgins Family.

Another precious friend's husband was diagnosed with a large tumor in his brain recently, and his surgery is today. Please pray for Shane Beam. Please pray for healing. Please pray for peace.

Heaviness.

Such heaviness.

When I pray these days, I don't even know what to say. I literally, just beg Him for mercy on my people. I have run out of words to say. Groans, tears, and more tears as I pray.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Romans 8:26

There hasn't been just heaviness though.

There have been HUGE moments of Joy.

There have been HUGE moments of Peace.

Somehow, even in the dirtiest, messiest, ugliest, of situations, God gives us Hope.

Hope that He holds today and tomorrow.

Hope that this too shall pass.

Hope that He works all things out for our good.

Hope that He is the Beginning, and He is the End.

Hope that He never leaves us and never forsakes us.

Hope that our hurts and sorrows will soon be no more.

When things happen to us that bring us to our knees, something happens in Heaven that cannot happen otherwise. God's Power is made Perfect in our weakness. [ 2 Corinthians 12:9]

When we lose our strength in the battle and surrender, the Greatest Power on Earth fills us.

Surrender=Power.

Only in God's economy can this make sense.

Only in God's economy can JOY come out of pain.

Only in God's economy can Strength be birthed from weakness.

Only in God's economy can Peace come from the chaos.

As I am groaning through this post, I open my Bible.

It falls open to this passage in Isaiah. This passage that He has shown me time and time again in the midst of my own trials. When I was on my face before Him begging Him for direction and peace.

He shows me this again. To share with you. To remind me. To remind you. To remind us.

This is what the Lord says—
    he who made a way through the sea,
    a path through the mighty waters,
  who drew out the chariots and horses,
    the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
    extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
 “Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
   See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland
Isaiah 43:16-19


Just this very week, I was praying about something in particular. I told him, "Lord, it is SO HARD. Why does it have to be SO HARD?"
He breathed the answer into my soul almost immediately.
"Because your surrender to Me comes only in the hard, Jill."
If it never would have gotten hard, I never would have called on Him so fervently. So desperately.
So, back to this Summer.
Back to our Bible reading.
Stick to it. Even when it gets hard.
Hard is where the growth comes .
Hard is where the fruit is produced.
Hard is where we begin to be molded into His image, because we surrender.
We can do hard things.
Who's up for some growth this Summer?
Let's do this,
jill



May 15, 2015

Two are better than one...

When my children were born, I began a journal for them. I would write them letters each time I had the chance to sit down. Which was very rare.

I still write in these journals when I have time. Which, again, is very rare.

Yesterday, I witnessed such love and friendship among my circle of friends. I was literally moved to tears over an act of love that was done for our precious friend, Erin. Erin's husband Chuck was in a terrible accident at work two weeks ago. Truly, it is a miracle he is alive.

Chuck will be coming home from the hospital this weekend. Finally.

On a side note, we are trying to raise 10,000 to help them in their time of need. If you feel led to donate any amount, please visit their Go Fund Me link. Thank you so much.

Erin's friends decided that we all needed to make her home "ready" for when they arrive. It was a beautiful sight to see my friends cleaning, scrubbing, folding clothes, vacuuming, and wiping down counter tops. A sight I will NEVER forget.

Here we are...I promise I don't usually wear a dress when I clean. Although, I am a dead ringer for June Cleaver in this picture.



When I pulled out of the drive way, I broke down in tears. I was literally broken by the love that took place in that house.

I immediately thanked the Lord for friends like this. I then prayed that my children would be surrounded by these kinds of friends.

Here is a letter that I wrote to my daughter Presley telling her the importance of friendship. I am definitely not an expert on the subject, but I have definitely learned some things along the way.
Words will never be able to properly convey my heart, but here goes.

Dear Presley,

Today I witnessed a beautiful sight. I wish so much you could have been with me. I would have loved for you to witness such a gift of love. You surely would have never forgotten this day. I know that I never will.

Here is my take away from today:

Choose your friendships wisely.

Pray for God to guide you to the right friends.

Surround yourself with godly girlfriends.

Be a good friend.

Show up for your friends. [Even when you don't know what to say, show up anyway.]

Make time for friendships. [you will need them one day.]

Be a loyal friend. If you would not say something to your friend's face, then do not say it behind her back. This is HUGE. People will catch on quickly if you are always tearing down someone else.

Be the kind of friend that you want in return. [enough said]

Be an encourager of your friends. Always. No matter what.

Be an encourager of your friends marriage. NEVER dog your friend's spouse. Ever. Support your friends marriage every chance you get. Be very leery of a friend who sets you against your spouse. Dangerous ground. Very dangerous ground.

Be a listener. Let me repeat: Be a listener. Don't hog the conversation with all of your stuff. Take time to hear your friend. You just may learn something by listening.

Pray for your friends. Daily. Cover them in prayer. Thank God for them and pray blessings upon them and their family.

Don't take everything personal. Really, it's not all about you. Be a big girl. Try not to be so sensitive to every little thing in your friendships. It's annoying to be so sensitive that people have to walk on eggs shells around you.

Encourage your friends to be friends with each other. This is the BEST thing ever. When the people you love meet other people you love, it just makes life FUN!!!

Love your friend's children. Take the time to get to know them. Talk to them. Look them in the eyes. The friends that I am the closest to, LOVE my children. This is so HUGE. When friends love on your kids, it makes for an even sweeter friendship.

Give everyone the benefit of the doubt. EVERY single time. This will give your heart so much peace. So MUCH PEACE. Never assume the worst. Ever. Give everyone in your life mercy. Endless mercy. Because you will want mercy as well.

Nobody is perfect. Not even you. Don't expect your friends to be perfect. They will fail you in this. And you will fail them. Be gracious and make it a habit to overlook their faults on a very regular basis. You will want them to overlook yours.

Support your friends. Be their biggest fan. Toot their horn for them. Tell the world of their gifts and talents. Everyone needs a friend like this. Even if you think they don't need another fan...they DO! Be their biggest cheerleader.

Do not ever be jealous of your friends having other friends. Encourage them in other friendships. Be glad for them. Nobody likes a jealous friend.

Jealousy will enter in at some point with certain friends. FIGHT against it with prayer. Jealousy will destroy relationships in one fail swoop. Do not let your friendships be taken down by this ugly green-eyed monster. Pray against a jealous heart on a daily basis.

When your friends find success, be happy for them! Be truly happy for them! Let them know how happy you are---and mean it!

Call your friends back. Text your friends back. Even if it is just a short little message. Let them know they are important. It's rude and tactless to never respond.  Try to be diligent with this. [I am still working on this too!]

Know your friends' birthdays. Call them or send them a card. Celebrate them! Don't you love to be celebrated?

If you are caught in the middle of a conversation where another friend is being torn apart, be brave. Speak up and take up for your friend. Silence is not always golden. You can still be kind to the friends that are tearing to pieces the other friend. Just let them know you do not want to be a part of this kind of conversation. Your friends will appreciate your bravery. And they will probably secretly hope to have your courage one day. They will also know and appreciate that you would take up for them as well.

Be leery of friends who always have a "secret" to share about someone else. They will be sharing your secrets too. Be careful. The bible tells us not to "throw our pearls to pigs." Take this to heart. Along with this, guard a friend who has entrusted a secret to you with your life. Throw away the key.

Remember, friendships can go through seasons. Don't get discouraged if you find yourself a little distant or out of sync with certain friends. Don't focus on the distance. Focus on the ones you have right in front of you in that season. Seasons come and go. Enjoy each friend in each season.

Don't forget to LAUGH with your friends! Even in the sad times, find the JOY! God's Word says that a cheerful heart is the best medicine. IT IS TRUE.

Surround yourself with different ages of friends. Older ones, younger ones, and ones that are the same age. You will learn from ALL OF THEM. I promise you this!

Have at least one or two friends that are mentors to you. Friends that you can learn things from in being a wife and in motherhood. Do not be intimidated by these kind of friends. Soak up every ounce of their wisdom on a regular basis. I cannot stress to you how important this is! Highlight this one!


Oh, Presley. I am praying for your friendships. What a gift it will be to my heart to see you surrounded by godly girlfriends as you grow up. You can count on me to daily encourage you in this area. I will daily pray for you to be that kind of friend as well.

I love you. So much.

your biggest fan,


Mommy
 
 
Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12



May 14, 2015

Don't Quit.....

The Lord always speaks to me through the life of my kids. Always.

Since I began writing on this blog, I have almost daily wanted to shut it down and quit writing. As much as I love writing, at times it feels too vulnerable. Too exposed. Too much.

 Sometimes I just want to be a different kind of girl. A girl that has different gifts and different talents other than the ones God has given me.

I want to be like my friend who can make the best cinnamon rolls in town. Or like my friend who has the gift of hospitality. Or like my friend who sings on stage and sounds like an angel. Or like my friend who has a passion for healthy eating and exercising. Or like my friend who is a teacher at our local school and is loved by all of her students. Or like my sister who is crazy talented with hair and makeup. Or like my mom who can make anyone laugh in five seconds flat.

Most of my life I have questioned my talents. Often wondering if I had any.

However, very recently something happened with one of my kids. Something God used to speak so pointedly to my heart.

My daughter was singing in the car. I told her how beautiful her voice was. She stopped and said, "I have a horrible voice. Nobody ever says I sing pretty when I sing at recess."

I replied back to her, "I think you sing beautiful, sweet girl. You make my heart so happy every time I hear you sing."

She replied back, "I am just never going to sing again. Nobody listens anyway."

As I envisioned my struggle with wanting to keep writing, I thought about her words.

My daughter has a gift. A gift of a sweet singing voice. She blesses me each time she sings. God has given her the ability to hear music and sing in tune. Why would she ever think that of not using her gift?

God gives us gifts to ultimately glorify Him.

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. Romans 12:6

Our gifts are not about the people that do not celebrate our gifts, it is about the Giver of the Gift.

It all goes back to Him.

When we are waiting for the world to give its approval, our gifts will be suffocated and smoldered. Or even worse, never used.

God is showing me that when I write, it is not about how many people read it or approve. My writing is for Him. Whatever He does with it, us up to Him.

We may never, ever know what He does with our gifts. Although, I do believe He gives us glimpses occasionally.

However, we deprive ourselves and others when we choose to not use our gifts and talents. Just like with my daughter's singing, if she doesn't sing, I will miss out on the opportunity to hear her sweet voice.

If my mom decided to stop being funny, I would miss being able to belly laugh with her! If my friend decided to stop making cinnamon rolls, I would miss out on the best cinnamon rolls my tongue ever tasted!

Maybe you feel your gift is not special or important. Maybe, like me, you wish you had someone else's gift.

I encourage you to embrace what God has given you. If you have any doubt about your gift, talk to God about it. He will make clear your path. Trust Him to lead you.

Ask a close friend, or your husband. They will tell you what your gifts are. Sometimes it's something that comes so natural to us we don't even notice it.

I pray God will surround you with encouraging friends that cheer you on as you use and discover your gifts.  Pray for these kinds of friends. They will spur you on when you want to quit. Trust me on this one.

Let's be THOSE kind of friends.  Let's encourage each other instead of comparing ourselves to each other. Let's take the time to notice when a friend needs a little lift. It could make a world of difference in their life.

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds"Hebrews 10:24

So, I guess I will keep writing. I know there will be days when I want to close up shop. I will try my best to remember that writing is not about me, it is about Him. The Giver.


still writing,


jill


May 12, 2015

Pray for him....

The destruction of the family begins with the destruction of the marriage. My husband used to be an afterthought in my prayer life. Sad, but true. My kids were the focal point of all of my prayers.

One sweet day, the Lord reminded me that if my marriage wasn't pointing towards Him, our lives would start slowly drifting apart. Our children need our marriage to be healthy and whole. The best thing I can ever to for my children is to pray for their daddy.

The stability or instability of our marriage trickles down into their precious lives. If I'm not praying for my husband, I am slowly drifting from him. My attitude can also be pretty crappy unless I stay in constant prayer on his behalf. Praying for my husband produces a deeper love and level of intimacy. It draws my heart closer to my husband, regardless of how I "feel" about him at any given moment.

God's word tells us that we became "one flesh" when we said our vows. So, in order for both of us to stay in tact, my prayers for him are vital. Here are a few prayers I like to pray from scripture over him:

Lord, capture all of my husband's thoughts to the obedience of Christ. (2 Cor 2:5)

Fill my husband's thoughts so he will not be filled with worry. (Col 3:2)

Flood my husband's heart with You, so that he can see the future You have in store for us. (Eph 1:17-18)

Open my husband's heart to hear Your voice as You tell him which way to go each day. (Deut 4:36)

May my husband's life be refreshing to others (2 Cor 2:15)

Set a watch over my husband's mouth, and keep the door of his lips. (Psalm 141:3)

Bring health to his body and nourishment to his bones. (Proverbs 3:7-8)

Create in my husband a clean heart filled with right desires. (Psalm 51:10)

Lord, bless my the work of my husband's hands. (Proverbs 22:9)

I encourage you not to lose heart. Keep praying, and watching to see what God does with your prayers. Let your prayers for your husband be the first words uttered from your mouth each day.

 "Do not get weary in prayer, but keep praying, being watchful and thankful." (Col 3:2)

Apr 30, 2015

Hit the floor.....

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Late Tuesday night my oldest child, Joseph, left on a field trip to Disney. Yes, DISNEY. I don't remember having those kinds of trips when I was his age. Do you??

It's a little hard letting my children go for a few days. It's never been an easy thing for me.

Fear has been a big part of those reasons. Yes, I love my kids.  However, fear is what made my heart tremble when they would be out of my sight. I felt like as long as they were with me, they would be fine. Control issues, I know.

Early in my parenting years, fear haunted me day in and day out. I could not eat some days. I could not sleep. Fear tormented my mind. Every possible worse scenario I could imagine, is what my mind stayed focused on. It was terrible.

My husband thought I was going crazy. In fact, I probably was. The enemy was whispering lies into my ears and I was listening to them and believing them.

There were many days when I would drop my kids off at school and go home and cry. All day long.

Fear was my enemy.

One day, a wise friend told me to pray scripture over them each day. She told me that not only would it help me, but it would help them.

I thought it was a little crazy at first, because I wasn't really believing what I was praying. It felt kind of not natural. My mind and my flesh were very opposed to praying like this. If I was praying, who was going to worry for me?? Crazy, I know.

Soon after, I began to hang scripture all around my house. At the coffee pot, in my bathroom, in the kids rooms...all over the house. Lem thought I had officially lost my mind. When, in fact, I was beginning to get my mind back from the enemy.

Those horrible thoughts were now being pounded with Truth. Day in. Day out.

Those fearful thoughts had no choice but to leave. They could not dwell where Truth was beginning to dwell. They didn't even stand a chance.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12

Praying scripture over my children changed my life. Dramatically. It brought peace to  heart racked with fear. It brought joy to a heart in despair.

My old prayers sounded something like this, "God bless my children. Keep them safe, please!!!"

God taught me through His Word to change my prayers to this: "Keep my children from all harm. Watch over their life, watch over their coming and going. Both now and forevermore." Psalm 121:7-8

When we pray God's word back to Him something amazing happens. His Will opens up. The Heavens open up at the sound of His Word being spoken back to Him! You can even feel it in your spirit as you pray! When His Words become our words, POWER comes!

If you are new at this, or if you have been doing this all along, I want to share some of my favorite scripture prayers with you. You will adapt to your favorites along the way, but this will get you started.

"Lord lead my children away from temptation, and deliver them from the evil one." Matthew 6:13

"Put a hedge of protection around my children and everything they have" Job 1:10

"Remind my children that they belong to you and not the world" John 17:15

"Lord, cause my children to love their enemies, to do good to those who hate them, to bless those who curse them, to pray for those that mistreat them. Help them do to others as they would have done to them." Luke 6:27-31

"I pray that my children's identity will be firmly rooted and established in Christ's love, and that they may have power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide, and how long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge...that they may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:17-19

"Let my children know that they belong to you" Romans 14:7-9

"Let the light of your face shine upon my children. Fill their heart with joy, and let them lie down and sleep in peace." Psalm 4:6-8 [a really good nighttime prayer]

"Show my children that they are fearfully and wonderfully made, and that your works are wonderful. Teach them that they are precious in your sight, and that you love them." Psalm 139:14, Isaiah 43:4

"Like Timothy, may my children be an example to believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity" 1 Timothy 4:12

"Please let my children have the ability to rise above the traps of people pleasing so they can be kept safe by trusting You, Lord" Proverbs 29:25

"May my children think on whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is commendable; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, may he think about these things" Philippians 4:8


The best way we can win the battle for the hearts of our children is on our knees. So, let's start praying now. Shall we?


on my knees,


jill