Welcome to part 2 of one couple's journey through Tracie & Elizabeth's new book "God's Heart for Your Home".
What is God speaking to you regarding creating a place for everyday ministry in your home?
It’s never too late. I have an amazing older daughter and we are nearing the final time of her time at home with us. Now, for those of you who have been through it, you know how difficult it is when a child is preparing to leave home. Whether it’s leaving for a job, Military Service, ministry, or college, that transition has to be one of the the most difficult we face as parents. What compounds that is looking back on the years at home with a laundry list of regrets of things that I should have done or said. Things like taking the time to pray over them each and everyday. Oh, how things might have been different over the years had action been taken earlier. But here’s the thing......it’s never too late.
It’s never too late to start a new tradition or habit or whatever you want to call it of praying over your child. It’s never too late to establish a firmer foundation before they’ve gone from under the roof of your home and out into an unknown world where I am not there to protect and defend her. It’s never too late to start trusting God and developing a habit of prayer and power through Him.
I can say that one of the things that I have put into practice over the course of the last few weeks is to pray with and over each of my kids individually each night. Praying for protection, wisdom, guidance, and thanking God for each of their hearts and personalities has become our routine each night. The impact has been noticeable with all of them, but none as much as with my daughter.
She is an amazing young woman with a huge heart. Her personality is such, though, that if she feels like things are out of control or off kilter, things can spiral very quickly into emotional chaos. This is where I’ve seen the biggest impact. Through praying with her every night, she has been steady. She has had the stability needed for her to feel like things are okay. Her attitude has been completely different and her approach to everything has been level. She is an amazing kid who has and will continue to become more so through Jesus’ work in her life through prayer.
An unexpected blessing to come out of our walk through “God’s Heart For Your Home”, has been the really wonderful chats with my mom about what it means to build a home where Jesus is welcomed, honored and praised. (She’s read the book and gives it two Hallelujah thumbs up.)
Recently, my mom shared that she was thinking about the chapter on prayer as she was driving and was reminded of some really bold prayers she prayed for me and my siblings and the Lord showed her how He had answered so many of her prayers, healed heart wounds and had protected her children.
Prayer has been a huge part of my bond with my mom and the Lord knows I’ve given her quite a bit to pray about over the years! To say that my mom has been a prayer warrior in my life would not give her time and energy spent in prayer for me justice. At times my mom has been a prayer Brigade for me. Truth is, my mom has battled for me since I was in her womb.
One of my most cherished memories of her are her slender hands praying over me and the cadence of her voice as she petitioned the Lord on my behalf, spoke truths over me and stood firm in the gap when my own rebellion and sin prevented me from coming before the Lord. To this day, when trouble comes or my heart needs mending my mom is quick to jump on the phone and pray not just for me but over me.
Am I that for my kids? Will their memories of “mommy and Jesus” be that of goodnight prayers and hurt boo-boo prayers? Or will they remember me as a warrior not afraid to tangle with Satan over my babies?
DAD and MOM
For Mom and Dad the notion of praying OVER our children was what the Lord spoke to us the last few weeks. There was a bit of panic on the outset that with the older two we may have really missed the boat. We so appreciate the honesty that Tracie and Elizabeth have when they readily admit that some of what they suggest hasn’t always been the practice in their home. That type of transparency and honesty gives us confidence that it truly isn’t important what we weren’t doing but what really matters is what we are doing now and will continue to do.
Every night, Dad holds each of our babies (some big, some small) and not just prays for them but prays OVER them. It’s good to know that we’re “earning a reputation” with the devil and we are so thankful that God’s grace means it’s never too late to start. Our kids won’t remember the years that we weren’t so consistent they’ll just remember prayers, those hands and that voice.