Have you seen the Incredibles? Of course, you have! You know the scene at the end where the family is cheering Dash on at his race? They’re like go faster! Slow down! Go faster!
I often think this scene describes most parents. Sometimes, we’re like, “Never grow up! Stay little forever!” Other times, we’re dreaming of the day they mature a bit. Right?
“Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a reward from him.
Children born to a young man
are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.
How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!
He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.”
Children are like arrows in the warrior’s hands.
The thing about arrows is that we have to pull them real close, hold steady, and aim carefully. These are the early years of parenting. These are the years for cuddling and playing and guiding and correcting. These are the hold-them-close years. And this requires great stamina. But today, let’s remember the big picture, mamas and papas.
Because it won’t be long… til we have to release and let them go.
I know. I get choky just thinking about the tomorrows. But today is the day to hold them close, hold steady and aim carefully.
After losing my husband suddenly, one thing I’ve relished in and taken comfort in is the prayer covering my husband left over each of our children. He prayed blessing and healing and deliverance and goodness and mercy… and I know those prayers will continue to be answered.
Our prayers outlive us.
One of the best ways we can hold steady and aim carefully for our children’s futures is to pray. I’ve found no other thing that has strengthened my confidence as a mom. Because when I pray, I know they’re in God’s hands. And after seasons of postpartum depression and loss and instability, I’ve been forced to learn that my confidence in my parenting doesn’t come from within my own abilities. It comes from the Lord and His promises over these girls.
Our prayers outlive us.
So, I’m launching a ten days of “Praying for Your Children.”
A brief but power-packed scripture and prayer will shoot your way daily throughout the 10-day challenge.
(Honestly, I might sign myself up every few weeks, just keep these prayers coming!)
Wanna join me? Sign up here. ????
What’s a verse you love to pray (or want to start praying) over your kids? Tell me in the comments below!