I have thought a lot lately about what I can do as a parent to keep my kids both physically and spiritually safe. To be completely honest, those thoughts become daunting in light of this nasty world. My feelings of vulnerability and inability to protect were fanned the evening my curly-headed two-year-old tripped and injured her head on the brick casing surrounding our back door. I will spare you the details, but six stitches later we were bandaged and headed home.
This event led my husband and I to begin asking each other what we could do to prevent this from happening again. “Cover the brick edging?” Well, then we would have to cover all four edges of the TWO brick columns outside, PLUS the door frame…and on and on. Our discussion brought us full circle and we had to make peace with the decision to do nothing.
The choice to rest in the Lord’s protection and care concerning our children can either demand our surrender when uncontrollable circumstances arise, or be made daily with purpose, trust, and security.
So, is there any role for me to play at all? Ah…prayer.
I must confidently pursue prayer as my main weapon of defense and power. Abraham Lincoln is quoted saying, “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had absolutely no other place to go.” “No other place to go,” but oh, what a wonderful place! Exactly where God wants us to be. To just be. Open. Transparent. Surrendered.
Okay, stay with me…
In Deuteronomy 1:30-31, Moses is once again tracing the journey of the Israelites for the generation that will soon conquer the Promised Land.
“The Lord your God is going ahead of you. He will fight for you, just as you saw him do in Egypt. And you saw how the Lord your God cared for you all along the way as you traveled through the wilderness, just as a father cares for his child. Now he has brought you to this place.”
From wherever you have been to wherever God has brought you now, I encourage you to look back and see His unique involvement.
Deuteronomy 4:34 lists the means God used to make the nation, Israel, His own: “trials, miraculous signs, wonders, war, a strong hand, a powerful arm, and terrifying acts.” Have we not seen Him work in these same ways? Can He not be trusted with our journey ahead? “For what great nation has a god as near to them as the Lord our God is near to us whenever we call on him?” Deuteronomy 4:7.
That’s it – remembrance and prayer.
In light of this, I decided to make these two elements more tangible in my home in order to successfully rest in God’s protection. In Joshua 4, God asks for 12 stones from the Jordan River to be piled up as a memorial, so that “in the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us…'”
In the picture below, I have river rocks and a vase as my “Stones of Remembrance” memorial. I use a Sharpie to write whatever needs, requests, and prayers I have for my family’s future on the river rocks, then set them outside the vase until God answers. As God answers, the vase will begin to fill up, thus allowing us to recount with each stone how God has “gone before us.”
Secondly, this mother of three preschoolers needed something more accessible than a prayer journal or notebook. I needed it before my eyes. Thus, my bedroom wall became my “prayer journal on display” made up of cork boards, chalkboards, and frames with scrapbook paper inserted behind the glass.
Anything goes. From pinning index cards or pictures, to writing with chalk on the chalkboard or markers on the glass, to notes with scripture promises, to one word adjectives I am praying over my children’s lives; it is all there. Colossians 4:2 says, “Be earnest and unwearied and steadfast in your prayer [life], being [both] alert and intent in [your praying] with thanksgiving.”
So there is it. I am making a choice to join in the battle, to call to remembrance for the next generation, and to surrender tomorrow through prayer with thanksgiving instead of fear and struggle.
May Romans 12:12 be alive and real in your home this week. May you rest in His protection of your home. May you find fuel through prayer to engage in the things that matter concerning the individuals around you.
“…rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer…” Romans 12:12
*Throughout the month of July, we will have periodic posts related to prayer (especially prayer for your children) and will be providing resources on this topic as well! Be on the lookout for more from our “Prayer Series” in the coming weeks!
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