A Prayer for Moms

My husband wrote this prayer years ago. Though it was first shared on a Mother’s Day, it’s a prayer for any day…

O Heavenly Father,

We praise and thank You this day for Your gift of mothers in this world.

For the profound love You pour into their hearts and the many sacrifices they make for us their children.

May You bless the women who are at the beginning of their journey of motherhood with newborn babies and toddlers.

May You bless the mothers who are in the midst of raising their children.

May You bless the single mother who is challenged to be all things to her children.

May You bless the mother who chooses to love and nurture the child of another.

May You bless the mothers who continue to encourage their children and the next generation, as grandmothers.

May You bless the mothers who grieve the loss of their children.

May You comfort the women who yearn to know the blessing of motherhood.

Continue to bless these women. Keep them healthy in body, mind, and spirit. Call them to turn to You when they struggle in their daily lives. Give them the courage, compassion, and vision to meet each daily challenge.

For those of us whose mothers now share Your heavenly banquet—
May You enable us to recall special memories to help us endure the loss we feel from the absence of our mother in our daily life. Thank You that they are in Your presence knowing joy that we cannot imagine.

All this we ask in the name of the One who also knew the loving touch of His own mother, Mary—Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN

May Book Sale!

Hi Friends!

I want to pass along a happy bit of news!

Becoming A Peaceful Mom is only $9.00 on Amazon! 

The price returns to $15 in a few weeks.  Sooo… grab a few copies and have FUN blessing some women around you. 

Here’s the link on Amazon:    https://amzn.to/2Kxmi8Y

I’ve had so much fun over the last year speaking and sharing the book, and it’s fun to hear the many ways you all have shared it!  Want to hear a few??

            Teacher gifts Birthdays Mother’s Day … New moms … Moms having               another baby Moms of teens Moms of moms 🙂  Older moms mentoring younger moms Small group studies! 

If you know someone who you think might need encouragement as a mom, especially if she’s yearning for peace — would you consider sharing about this deal with her? Copy the link and email it to your friends.  Share my Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook posts — or simply share in whatever way is easiest for you

                                                                                          I am grateful for you!

                                                                                          Teresa

Prayer That Impacts Our Perspective

When I was growing up, Mom or Dad usually said “the blessing,” a rote prayer, before supper. Sometimes Dad told one of my three brothers or me to say it. Being kids, we flew through it so we could eat. And then one day Dad instructed the four of us to each write multiple prayers that would become our suppertime prayers. “I want you to think about what you’re thankful to God for and write it into prayers,”

I still remember walking to my bedroom thinking, “I bet nobody else’s family does this.”  None of us had ever written a prayer before. But, we wrote them, and for weeks, we took turns and read one person’s written prayer each night at supper. Though I rolled my eyes the day Dad assigned this “task,” I enjoyed listening to my brothers’ prayers and sharing mine.

Over the years, I strayed significantly from Dad’s effort to lead us to thoughtfully thank God—until I began to read the Bible. Oh, sometimes I thanked Him for giving me something I was praying for or for helping me out of a hard situation—but that’s about it.

“I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.” (Ps. 9:1)

When something wonderful happens in our life, we feel like being thankful. We tell others about the wonderful thing God did. However, read all of Psalm 9. The psalmist describes his current affliction and oppression. He recalls others’ long seasons of trial.

Yet, he trusts God. He recounts ALL of God’s wonderful deeds—not only his personal experiences of God’s goodness. The psalmist knows the testaments of God’s people who have lived before him.

“An those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.” (v. 10)

When I started reading the Bible, I began to get to know God. He writes His Word on our heart and gives us recall for His wonderful deeds that cover all of time.  Our view of Who God IS no longer is limited to our life experiences of Him. His Word shapes our view to include the testimonies of all His people.

The Old and New Testament reveal His steadfast love, faithfulness, and grace over generations, as His people walk through hardship, trouble, long waits, and great loss.

So how does this affect our gratitude?
Our heart swells with gratitude for who God IS.
Who God IS anchors our gratitude—not circumstances.

Whenever I read or hear someone’s words of brave gratitude toward God, I think, Wow, her trust in God is strong. God grows this strength in you and me— as we believe HIs Word and as we recognize Him moving throughout our day. . . Thank you, Lord, that you will lead me through this…that you see everything…that your plans are perfect…that you are with me right now…that I have eternity with you…

Yeah, being thankful is brave. We stare our troubles in the face and trust that our God is so much bigger.

Life can be really hard. Each of us face hardship, heartache, short and long seasons of discouragement. Sometimes when we don’t think we can endure one more thing, one more thing happens. The details of our stories vary, but the themes mirror those of generations of God’s people. The emotions and thoughts that wear us down and wreak havoc within are common to us. And God IS.

Especially in my hardest seasons, prayers of gratitude shift my perspective. When we thank God, we mark His goodness—in creation, in the generations before us, in the testimonies of our friends and strangers. We remember countless gifts we don’t deserve—a loved one, an ability, an experience, a miracle. We remember who God IS.

“For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people, it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.”  (2 Corinthians 4.15–16)