Our loving Heavenly Father shines His Light on our darkness. When we agree with Him that we have done wrong in His sight, ask His forgiveness through Jesus' death and resurrection, and turn away from the sin, its power over us is broken.
He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14 Holman Christian Standard Bible
Across from our house in Indiana was our church and the kids went to Christian school there. There was a prayer garden with a little chapel, and a big oak tree with a swing suspended from it. Cameron, Caleb, and I spent many evenings strolling through the prayer garden, kneeling in the chapel, or just swinging.
At Christmas, the garden was decked with thousands of white lights and a nativity scene. In Spring, it was bursting with budding dogwoods. In summer, it was lined with dozens of large American flags flapping in the breeze. In Autumn, it was ablaze with orange and gold chrysanthemums.
I believe God had me in mind when that garden was created (and a lot of other folks, as well). I prayed through many of life's major changes, happy and sad, in that garden.
As the three of us sat in that swing, Cameron would always ask me to tell him his favorite story of the Three Pigs, and then he wanted me to sing, "I come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses, and the voice I hear falling on my ear the Son of God discloses. And He walks with me and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own, and the joy we share as we tarry there none other has ever known."
It is good to know that at any time, any place or circumstance, I can come to the "prayer garden", and there I will always hear His voice.
• That Jesus Christ be formed in our children (Galatians 4:19 My children, I am again suffering labor pains for you until Christ is formed in you.);
• That our children—the seed of the righteous—will be delivered from the evil one (see Proverbs 11:21, KJV; Matthew 6:13Don’t allow us to be tempted. Instead, rescue us from the evil one.)
• That our children will be taught of the Lord and their peace will be great (see Isaiah 54:13All your children will be taught by theLord,and your children will have unlimited peace.)
• That they will train themselves to discern good from evil and have a good conscience toward God (see Hebrews 5:14 You will never be able to eat solid spiritual food and understand the deeper things of God’s Word until you become better Christians and learn right from wrong by practicing doing right.; and 1 Peter 3:21);
• That God's laws will be in their minds and on their hearts (see Hebrews 8:10 ...Iwill put My laws into their minds, and I will write themon their hearts...)
• That they will choose companions who are wise—not fools, nor sexually immoral, nor drunkards, nor idolaters, nor slanderers, nor swindlers (see Proverbs 13:20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.; and 1 Corinthians 5:11);
• That they will remain sexually pure and keep themselves only for their spouse, asking God for His grace to keep such a commitment (see Ephesians 5:3,31-33);
• That they will honor their parents (see Ephesians 6:1-3).
From The Spiritual Warrior's Prayer Guide by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock
Dutch Sheets has written an excellent post on the power of praying for our children.
Then those who feared the Lord talked often one to another; and the Lord listened and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him of those who reverenced and worshipfully feared the Lord and who thought on His name.
And they shall be Mine, says the Lord of hosts, in that day when I publicly recognize and openly declare them to be My jewels (My special possession, My peculiar treasure). And I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him.
Malachi 3:16-18 Amplified
Lord Jesus, In this beautiful season of the year, let us not neglect to talk to You, and about You, for You take note even when we think about Your precious name. When I acknowledge You, you openly declare that I am Yours and You are mine. Thank you for Your mercy and steadfast love.
A few years back, when I was teaching second grade in public school, a student was writing on a topic of his choice, and he raised his hand and asked me how to spell Christmas. I was breaking it into syllables for him.
"C-H-R-I-S-T," I began.
"That spells 'Christ', " he complained. "I said Christmas."
"Well, Christ is the first part of the word Christmas."
"Who is Christ?" he asked.
"Christmas Day celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ," I told him.
"Well, how old is that baby now?" he asked.
"It has been 2010 years since His birth," I said.
He thought for a minute and came back with, "Well, that's funny! This is the year 2010!"
This whole conversation was initiated by a seven year old's question.
The little boy keenly observed: "It's funny that our date comes from when baby Jesus was born, but in school, we don't even talk about Him!"
I'm thankful my son and I had a safe trip from KC to Indiana and back, to see the family for Thanksgiving. They all seemed to enjoy my cooking. We had plenty of dessert, but the favorite was fudge brownies, which 4 year old Kaedyn helped to make!
It was snowing big flakes on Wednesday morning when we woke up - so beautiful to watch. The girls outlined their sliding glass doors with the Christmas cling-on decorations I brought, and we read some of their old favorite children's books.
We played Balderdash with the older girls and watched "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever". I always cry when "Mary" holds the doll "Jesus" so lovingly, and realizes the true meaning of the Christmas story.
On the trip back, we stopped in St. Louis to see the National Geographic movie "Jerusalem".