Monday, October 27, 2008

Passion for God: A Mother's Prayer

Psalm 63:8 says "My soul follows hard after you: your right hand upholds me."
We have been working with Maren a lot this school year to use kind words and actions toward peers, and practice her listening skills toward teachers. I think she is starting to get the hang of it, but I can still see her willful nature beneath the surface, resenting every time she is asked to respond at someone else's initiative besides her own.

I get it that this is part of human nature. And I also see transparently the same resistance I have always had to operating on someone else's schedule. But that doesn't change the need of her heart to become moldable to God's direction. I can encourage this, but can't force it to happen until she is ready to take hold of it for herself. In the meantime, I can pray, knowing the Spirit moves people from the inside.

Today I pray that the Lord gives my children a soul that follows hard after him, one that clings passionately to him. I know as much as I know anything in this world, that God will give her the power to do this.

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