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Give the gift of praying a life verse for your child

I’m an overthinker, so when I decided to pick a verse to pray for my children, it sort of stressed me out.  There are so many great Scriptures, how would I choose?   Do I pray a different one for each kid or just pick one for both?  Should I pick a verse, passage, or even chapter?

Though I don’t allow my kids to use the “s” word, I realized I needed to KISS…Keep It Simple, Stupid!

So, I began to pray for God to show me what verse He wanted me to pray for my kids…something short and sweet and easy to remember when mommy brain fog is in full force!

A couple of months later, I was reading in Matthew and 22:35-42 stood out to me –

One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it:
‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Hmmmmmmmm….loving God and loving others.  Jesus, of course, is right that everything else falls under two things.  So, it occurred to me, what more could I want for my kids?! 

I decided to reword it as my prayer for my kids’ lives in this way –

Heavenly Father,
Please help my children to
love You with all their heart, soul, and mind
and to love their neighbor as themselves…
especially each other.

I added that last line because my heart’s desire is that they also greatly value their sibling relationship (their closest neighbor!) and treat each other with that in mind.

Do I pray this every day?  No, it’s not something I ever want to become ritualistic.  But it’s an overarching principle I can go back to as I pray for them, generally and specifically.  And, on those days when I can’t string two coherent thoughts together (you know those days!), I can still at least remember this!

Do you have a verse or verses you pray regularly for your kid(s)?  I’d love to hear your pick!
If not, consider giving this priceless gift.  Pray for God to reveal what Scripture(s) you should use and feel free to use mine, if He so leads.  Parenting with Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments gives more ideas on praying Scripture for your child on pages 236-239.



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Order now for Meaningful Mother’s Day & Teacher Presents!

Consider Parenting with Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments  for the any of the following and stock up now!

* Mother’s Day presents for a grandparent, sister, friend…
*School teacher end-of-the-year presents
*Sunday School, Awanas, Church choir, etc end-of-year appreciation presents. 
*Baby present for a meaningful addition to your gift.  Who’s due in the next few months?
*Friend’s birthday present.  Who are you going to be celebrating in the next few months?

Idea for what to write inside along with your personalization
“May God bless you with wisdom as you continue parenting/grand parenting/influencing children with Scripture!”
 You can incorporate this into the wording on the inside title page.

 gift idea

Important:  The link in the first line and shown with the book picture below are for Amazon.  They do occasionally sell out of my book.  In that event, they usually restock quickly.  However, you can always be sure you’ll have a there will be enough in stock when ordering through my publisher.  If sold out elsewhere, click here to order through Moody Publishers

If you are local, I’m happy to sign them for you!




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