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Two Shields

It always amazes me the difference in our house when I have worship music playing (just a little too loud) vs. when I don’t. Things feel less like I’m losing my mind.

It also amazes me that when I spend time in focused prayer for my children how much better things go.

Duh, right?

Why does that continue to surprise me? Why do I forget it so easily? Why do I stop doing these important things when I’m tired and struggling (right when I need them and my children need them the most)?

God has been strongly reminding me of these truths this week.

As a mother, prayer and praise are my two strongest weapons. They are our shields when the enemy attacks us or our children in the most vulnerable places.

My friend Brittany had this posted on her Facebook page recently and I love it:

“The victory is won with knees bent in prayer and hands raised in worship to God. The enemy cannot be defeated any other way. No victory has ever been won apart from prayer and praise.” – Mark Batterson

I do not have to be fancy in my prayers for my kids or my praise for my Father. The only requirement is that it’s real, and comes from my heart. Prayer and praise is translated as protection and peace for my family.

Jen Hatmaker says this about praying for our kids:
Perhaps no service rendered to our children is more important than our intercession. A mother’s job is to pray for her children while they don’t have the words, understanding, or insight to pray for themselves. We stand in the gap, praying for their salvation, gifts, lives, much like the Spirit prays for us. (1)

I love what Jen says…we stand in the gap for our kids, much like the Spirit prays and intercedes for us to the Father.

What an honor, and a priceless gift…to be able to go before our Father, messy and without a bunch of fluff, and ask God to pursue our children, to lead them by the Spirit, to show them how to love like Jesus loves, and that they would love God with everything they have.

And as for worship, it brings my heart, and the hearts of my kids, into alignment with Jesus faster than anything I can think of. And that is saying something, because our hearts are often a mess!

My favorite worship time is on my runs with just me and God and my ipod blasting worship music.

But what if I need to worship more often in front of my kids, and with my kids? What if they need to see me raising my hands in praise or on my face in prayer? What if it would change everything?

So as mother’s, let’s raise our shields of praise and prayer, and let’s raise them in front of and with our children. Another quote from Jen Hatmaker that I love is this: “We live in a generation where 'well done' is going to trump 'well said' every time.” Are we telling our kids, or are we showing them?

Let’s not just tell our kids, but let’s show them by example. I believe it will change our hearts and the hearts of our families.

Lord, give us the courage to raise up the shields of prayer and praise in front of and with our children every day. Amen.

Source:
(1) - Hatmaker, Jen. Out of the Spin Cycle; Devotions to Lighten Your Mother Load. Revell Publishing, 2010. Grand Rapids, MI. pg. 25.

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