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Friday, October 13, 2017

Finding the Extraordinary in Every Day Moments

It has been a month since I launched my new business and I am learning a great deal about myself as well as learning about being a business owner. Tasks such as establishing structure in an unstructured environment and having accountability partners have been crucial for my early beginnings. I will expound on those topics in a later post. Today, I want to talk about why I began my own business and how you can find the extraordinary in every day moments.
Are you enjoying your professional life? There are 24 hours in a day and 168 hours in a week. How much of that time are you doing exactly what you truly enjoy doing? I have always been a firm believer of encouraging others to operate in their gifts and their passion and I realized awhile ago that I was not using my gifts to their fullest potential.
You may be wondering why the title "Super Extra Ordinary Mom" and does she know that extra ordinary is actually spelled as one word? And how exactly does Super Extra Ordinary Mom tie in with HR consulting?   
Well, here’s the story. Years ago, I decided I needed a method to express what I was experiencing as a working mother. I wanted to write a book. Mommy guilt and the stress of building a career while managing a family were very real for me.  My children were giving me regular topics as material to share and discuss. Especially, my youngest daughter, Nina Sophia. (Nina Sophia is our spirited 4 year old who stretches my husband and me as parents). :-)  I was on a quest to find the extraordinary in every day moments. Therefore, in 2015 "My Life as a Super Extra Ordinary Mom" blog was born. I thank my colleague Jowanna Tillman for the recommendation of using the blog as a way to get my voice out there and heard.
From a professional perspective, throughout my career with each position that I took on, I felt as if there was something more and I realized that I couldn't force myself to fit into either a square peg or a round hole. For example, have you ever purchased an article of clothing and on the store rack it looked fantastic but then when you got it home it felt a little snug or it was altogether too big? Or better yet, if I may borrow the words of my instructor from the Bronner Business Institute who said recently, "I couldn't make myself small enough to fit into those roles." 
There were certainly aspects of every role that I enjoyed but I started thinking there's got to be something more. I am destined for something more. I asked, What is my purpose? Why am I here on this earth? My husband will tell you that we talked about this, to his chagrin, often. 
Of course I'm here to serve as a wife and a mother but I also felt a calling to do something else. And so I began thinking and thinking and thinking about starting my own business. I talked to people who had their own businesses. I watched webinar after webinar after webinar about starting out on my own. And I prayed about my purpose and timing. 
I recall one day I was standing in my corporate job’s office looking out the window, watching Atlanta traffic pass by. (If Atlanta traffic doesn't cause you to rethink your life, then I do not know what will!). I thought…. the time is now.
I have wanted to be a public speaker, author and business owner for quite some time. The minute I made the decision that it was time to pursue my dream it seemed as if the universe said, "FINALLY we have been waiting for you all this time to take the first step!"
Now don't get me wrong that first step was extremely scary. My husband and I had to weigh all of the costs. Some might call us crazy for putting it all on the line. Our faith, however, is bigger than our fear. Plus, it truly seems as if things have been falling into place since I made up my mind. Admittedly, I was someone who lived and operated in fear for a very long time. I finally decided to just do it. I also feel that deep down inside, we are already wildly successful.
The timing has extra significance because a year ago I was recovering from a double mastectomy. Guess what-I’ve still got some fight left in me.
I want to share some encouragement with you today if you are in a place in life where you are asking for more.
#1-Consider the costs. Of course I am talking about considering the costs to your family and finances when you are on the brink of making a life altering decision. But I am also talking about considering the costs if you do not do it. Will you have a sense of regret? Will you look back over your life and wonder, “What if?” A recent Gallup poll states 68% of American employees are disengaged at work. Meaning only 32% are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace. That means 68% have mentally checked out. Are you one of those individuals? Make the decision today to make some changes.
#2-Secondly, I encourage you to Live Every Moment. What I mean is for you to be present. My cancer diagnosis brought me to my knees-literally and figuratively. When faced with challenges, I began asking myself what really matters? In the big scheme of things, how important is this issue? Being present also means having an attitude of gratitude. My colleague Monica McCoy challenges her clients to approach their day with an attitude of gratitude and to express thankfulness for at least three things. How is your mental being when you wake up? Live every moment.
#3-Lastly, Just Do It. We have all heard the sayings that “time flies” and “tomorrow is not promised.” This is never more true than it is today. Especially in light of recent social unrest and weather tragedies. Are you living your best life? Perhaps you are waiting to launch your business. Or waiting to visit the doctor for that full report. Or waiting to take that big trip overseas. Or maybe you’ve been sitting on that book idea for years. Just do it. I guarantee you once you have made the decision in your heart and begin to take active steps towards that goal, you invoke positive vibes and will begin to attract momentum.
In closing, I hope reading this entry has ignited a fire which will allow you to consider the costs, live every moment and to just do it. Ask yourself the question, "If money is not an object, what work would I do and would not care that I am not being compensated for doing it?" That is when life becomes extraordinary. 
Super Extra Ordinary Mom, LLC is a HR consultancy that focuses on leadership development and diversity and inclusion topics. Our signature presentation will help companies assess training needs and enable us to deliver customized training to address those needs. 
The next time you hear a colleague say “Gee, I wish I knew someone who could train on diversity and inclusion or on leadership development," think of Super Extra Ordinary Mom, LLC. 
My name is Shatanese Reese and I'm a super extraordinary mom!  I encourage you to find the extraordinary in every day moments.  

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

No More Bullying! Are Our Schools Equipped To Address This Issue?

"Mommy, the kids in my class and on my bus say they think I am a girl and ask if I am gay."

I've had enough!  Too many times has my son come to me with a down-cast look, his shoulders slumped and near tears after hearing an onslaught of taunts from his peers throughout the day.

The definitions of bullying range from "abuse and mistreatment of someone vulnerable" to "unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance...the behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time."  Harassment is defined as "causing the person alarm or distress."  Teasing is defined as "to laugh at and criticize someone in a way that is either friendly and playful or cruel and unkind."  Either of these definitions can apply to what my son is experiencing and I want it to stop.

I don't think our schools are equipped to handle this issue.  At least not the school where our children currently attend.  Why do I say this?  Because the behavior continues to occur without ceasing.

This is not a discussion about sexuality or gender identity.  It is a discussion about my son feeling ostracized and targeted at a place where he spends the majority of his day.  I don't like it.

My husband and I read each of the newsletters when they come home with our children and I do not see any workshops being offered that address bullying.  The school offers themed weeks to deal with drug abuse, team spirit and even future vocation choices, but not one on how to deal with a bully or the consequences of bullying.  Our children even come home discussing the active shooter awareness sessions in which they have participated but not once have I heard about discussions dealing with bullying.

I am tired of telling my son to ignore the comments and "it's not what you are called but what you answer to."  I am sure he too is tired of hearing, "Someone is always going to have something to say about you so you have to deal with it."  Deal with it?  How?

What am I to do as a parent?  Our attempts to appeal to the school's administration on our son's behalf seem futile.  Move him to another school?  Will that truly guarantee that he will no longer experience taunting?  Am I to home-school him until he reaches a certain age?  These choices all seem as if it is my son's fault for his experience.  Or perhaps I should boycott the entire school system until the perpetrators are "brought to justice."

I know my son is not the first to have this type of experience nor will he be the last.  This fact does not lesson the aggravation, disappointment and sheer sadness I feel each time I hear my son recount his day at school.

A recent report shared on states that over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.  There are equally stark statistics regarding how many teens attempt to take their lives due to bullying.  Bullying unaddressed manifests itself in terrible and ugly ways, even into adulthood.

Please hear my son's voice...

"I don't appreciate you calling me those names.  It feels disrespectful and hurtful.  In the Bible it says to treat others as you want to be treated.  Would you say mean things to your mom?"

Something has to change.

Shatanese is a business owner and author of future books who resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband and their six children.  She enjoys walks on the beach and colorful sunrises.  Shatanese's goal is to find the extraordinary in every day moments.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

My First Day As A Business Owner!

On September 5th, I began my first day as a business owner.  Filled with excitement, I met with my first appointment of the day at 8:00 am.  As I thought about my journey to becoming a business owner, I realized I had some tips to share with others who might be venturing out on their own, or who simply are attempting to achieve a major milestone.

Don't have time to read the full blog?  Check out my video on YouTube where I share the three tips.

#1.  Make the Decision-Today, make the decision to accomplish what you are wanting to achieve.  If it is owning your own business, decide today.  If your goal is to return to school, make the decision today.  Or if you are an aspiring author, decide today that you will achieve your goal.  Once you make  up in your mind that you are going to do it, you invite positive energy to channel your way and things will begin to fall into place.  Every action thereafter will be a step closer to your dream.

#2.  Keep Your Focus-It is easy to become distracted by life and to get off track from what you want to accomplish.  Goals must be established to help you reach your dream.  I also suggest you identify some accountability partners-people who will hold you accountable to what you have set out to accomplish.  You need individuals in your corner who will call you and ask you about the task you stated you were going to tackle a week ago.  If you are a person of faith, I highly encourage you to get connected with a prayer partner.  There is nothing like covering your goals and aspirations in prayer.

#3.  Enjoy the Journey-Once you have made the decision to go after your dream and choose to remain focused, keeping track of your journey will be beneficial as well.  By deciding to become a business owner verses an employee, your mindset will undergo a major transformation.  Choosing to become an author instead of someone who dreams of writing books is a significant step.  Becoming someone who possesses a degree instead of someone who hopes to go to school one day will be a tremendous change, an important journey.  Your journey should be documented either by capturing what you are experiencing in a blog or via video snippets or by simply journaling.  Capture it!

So, today, make the decision to go for it, remain focused and enjoy your journey.  You will be glad you did!

Shatanese is a business owner and author of future books who resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband and their six children.  She enjoys walks on the beach and colorful sunrises.  Shatanese's goal is to find the extraordinary in every day moments.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

"I Don't Know How You Do It!"

My husband and I are often asked, "How do you two do it?  How exactly do you manage to get everything done with such a large family?"

We attempt to keep life simple and have found the following tips have worked for our family.

1. Empower the Kids- We really encourage the kids to be as independent as possible and allow them to meet their own needs whenever possible.  If they can use a stool to get something to drink or grab a snack, that is exactly what we want.  We have taught them to make a few kid-friendly food items such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or Ramen noodles.   We also instill in them the importance of assisting each other as often as possible.  Having this level of independence definitely helps when we are involved in other tasks that require our full attention.

Josiah enjoys cleaning the tables.
2. Keep them Engaged-We expect the kids to help around the house. We tell them that we are a team and that we need to work together to keep the house maintained.  From the youngest to the eldest, they all have roles.  Josiah, our two year old, knows how to wipe off tables with paper towels, while Nina (4) assists with clearing the table, vacuuming and putting away the silverware once it has been washed and dried.  Hannah, age 6, likes to vacuum as well and also helps put up dishes and wipes down the fridge and microwave. Our 4th grader, Joshua cleans the stove, the countertops and helps wash the dishes. Azaan and Amali, our teens, when they are home, offer overall leadership for their younger siblings.  Ultimately, the teens make certain everything is done before bedtime.

Additional responsibilities the kids have include: taking out the trash, making their own beds and cleaning their bathrooms. Nina actually enjoys cleaning the toilet with the little toilet brush.  Hannah cleans the bathroom countertops and floors while Joshua is responsible for the bathtub and the mirrors.

Typically my husband does most of the work and oversight of cleaning our home but keeping the kids engaged helps offload some of those routine activities.

Nina Sophia adding a little personality to chore time.

Hannah J is busy cleaning off the fridge.

A stool is a kid's best friend.

The boys are tackling the dishes.

Big brother Azaan offers tips to his younger siblings.

Older sister Amali is adding some dramatic flair to "shutting down the kitchen."

Josiah is determined to showcase his sweeping skills.

3. It's OK-Both as a mother and as a woman, I sometimes have to tell myself "It's OK."  It is OK if the floor is not perfectly cleaned or the kids' blankets on their beds are not absolutely taut.  It is OK if the vacuum lines in the carpet are not perfectly straight.

There are times, however, when it's not OK and at those times, it is important to articulate expectations and reinforce acceptable outcomes.  With the kids involved in household tasks, there are of course varying levels of ability.  Therefore, I have to be careful not to crush their efforts- "Hey kid, you suck at making your bed."  That would be bad, very bad.  So, sometimes it is simply okay.

The goal is to have a functioning household with happy well-adjusted kids versus a house focused on perfection. And as long as the kids are trying to do their best, there is always room for grace.  It is OK not to be perfect. It is also OK to recognize when you just need a break.  A quick nap can make a world of difference!

4. Have Fun-Our family likes to have fun. Sometimes we put on music, "traveling music" as I call it, when we're doing chores. We let the kids let loose sometimes. For example, I recently learned my husband allows the kids to stand on one of our low coffee tables as a performance stage.  After my initial response of surprise, I reminded myself of my previous paragraph-it's okay!  It is absolutely important for our kids to see balance; structure and responsibilities coupled with fun and letting loose.  Check out our video of us having fun on a Wednesday night!

By empowering the kids, keeping them engaged, and realizing that everything does not have to be perfect while having fun is how we manage to keep our sanity and enjoy our large family.  #TeamReese

Shatanese Reese is a blogger and author of future books who resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband and their six children. She enjoys walks on the beach and colorful sunrises. Shatanese’s goal is to find the extraordinary in every day moments.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

My Son, The Marine

In just a few days my son will leave the comfort of our home to travel to Parris Island, South Carolina.  This is not a vacation adventure.  No, the trip is for basic become a Marine.

I fully support his decision to serve our country and have known for several months that this day would come.  So why do I have a lump in my throat and feel churning in the pit of my stomach?

Recently, I was listening to National Public Radio (NPR) and the featured story of the hour was the involvement of the United States Marines Corps in World War I.  The Battle of Belleau Wood was cited as "one of the bloodiest and most ferocious battles U.S. forces would fight in the war."  This historic battle, which occurred near the Marne River in France, is where our soldiers received the nick name, "Devil Dogs."  This term of endearment was a result of the soldiers' diligence, ferociousness, sacrifice and valor exhibited during the battle.

To hear the full story, visit:  Morning Edition: NPR, France to Honor, 'Les Sammies,' Uncle Sam's World War I Troops.

As I listened to the gory details of the battle, it hit me.  All of the emotions I had been loosely managing up until that moment bubbled quickly to the surface.  The realization that my oldest son would soon be training to possibly fight in future similar battles came crashing over me like a giant wave thrashing on rocks near a shore.

Fighting back tears, I wondered how I would cope.  How was I going to release my son to the United States Government and simply trust he is going to be okay?  I came up with a few ways to cope.

Be Present-  As the days pass with fierce quickness, I am intentional about the time I spend with my son.  Not only will he be without his cell phone during basic training, but he will not be allowed to write for the first 2-3 weeks.  No immediate contact?  Wow.  Breathe, mom, breathe.  This reality pushes me to soak up as much of his presence as I can while he is still at home.  I am taking in every detail I see-his smile, his laugh, his quirkiness and his positive, brave attitude.  I am hugging him a little tighter and listening a little more intently.  I am being present.

Focus on the Positives-It would be easy to focus on the state of our governmental affairs and the possibility of war.  I have to be intentional about thinking on other aspects.  There is no doubt in my mind my son is going to change tremendously as a result of this new chapter in his life.  I will focus on the positive changes.  I will focus on the great life lessons he will learn, the people he will meet and the level of maturity he will gain as a result of basic training and beyond.  He has aspirations to make the Marines his career.  I will focus on the successful career he will definitely have.

Pray-I do not underestimate the power of prayer.  I will pray for my son's experience at basic training and will continue to pray once he begins his tours.  Specifically, I will pray Psalm 91 over him.

Psalm 91
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 Azaan will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I will trust.”
3 Surely he will save Azaan
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover Azaan with his feathers,
    and under his wings Azaan will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be Azaan's shield and rampart.
5 Azaan will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at Azaan's side,
    ten thousand at Azaan's right hand,
    but it will not come near Azaan.
8 Azaan will only observe with his eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If Azaan says, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake Azaan,
    no disaster will come near Azaan's tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning Azaan
    to guard Azaan in all his ways;
12 they will lift Azaan up in their hands,
    so that Azaan will not strike his foot against a stone.
13 Azaan will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    Azaan will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because Azaan loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect Azaan, for he acknowledges my name.
15 Azaan will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with Azaan in trouble,
    I will deliver Azaan and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy Azaan
    and show him my salvation.”

In Jesus' name.  Amen.

By being present, focusing on the positive and praying, my son's upcoming departure will be just a little bit more palatable.

Shatanese Reese is a blogger and author of future books who resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband and their six children. She enjoys walks on the beach and colorful sunrises. Shatanese’s goal is to find the extraordinary in every day moments.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Covering Our Children in Prayer During the Month of March

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Join us during the month of March as we cover our children in prayer.  We will use Stormie Omartian's "The Power of a Praying Parent" study guide as a resource.

Day 1-Becoming a Praying Parent

Father, as we commit the month of March to praying for our children we begin by praying for ourselves as parents. We release any feelings of guilt and condemnation we have felt in the area of parenting. We thank you for covering any mistakes we may have made and for your grace and mercy. You have selected each of us to serve as a parent. We do not take that for granted and know that we can do all things through you, even being the best Mom and Dad our children need.
Ephesians 6:12 tells us that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood and with that knowledge we stand with our armor of God ready for the fight. We know that in James 4:7 we are to resist the enemy and he will flee. So we are joined together as parents prepared to successfully resist the enemy's plans for our children. Give us discernment on what to pray specifically as it pertains to our children. In Jesus' name. Amen! #LetsDoThis. #CoveringOurSeed

Tomorrow we will pray about "releasing our children into God's hands." #JoinUs. #PrayerWarriors

Day 2-Releasing Our Children into God's Hands

Heavenly Father, thank you for our gifts, our children. You tell us in your word that children are a heritage from you and that they are a fruit of the womb (Psalms 127:3). Today, we release our children to you. Just as in the photo of the Lion King, the enemy will be lurking nearby. We know our children will be in good hands and that you love each of them more than we do. We rebuke the spirit of worry and know that you did not give us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7). We ask you to be in control of our children's lives and release any reason that would cause difficulty in fully releasing them to you. You tell us in Isaiah 65:23 that we shall not labor in vain and that we did not bring forth our children for trouble. They shall be descendants blessed of the Lord! In Jesus' name! Amen!

Tomorrow we will pray for "securing protection from harm."
#PrayingParents. #Warriors #Covered. #OurSeed

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Day 3-Securing Protection From Harm

Lord we pray for protection from all harm, danger and disasters for our children. Reveal to us any hidden dangers. May we exercise discernment when our children express a fear to us. Grant us a supernatural ability to truly hear any concerns and to respond appropriately. You tell us in Psalm 112:7 that we will not be afraid of evil tidings and that our hearts will be steadfast, trusting in you. Show us anything we need to do to increase our children's safety. We thank you in advance for peace in this area. You have been a shelter for (your child's name), [Amali, Azaan, Joshua, Hannah, Nina and Josiah] and we will trust in the shelter of Your wings as described in Psalm 61:3-4. We will never be shaken! In Jesus' name. Amen!

Tomorrow (yep, on the weekends too!) we will pray about our children "feeling loved and accepted." #PowerInPrayer. #PrayingParents. #Covered. #AlwaysOnAlert

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Day 4-Feeling Loved and Accepted

Have you told your child/ren how much you love them? Do they believe you?
Lord, you tell us in Isaiah 41:9 that you have chosen us and not cast us away. Show us how to help our children believe that they are chosen by You and that you will always be with them. Reveal to us how our own childhood experiences may be influencing how we show love to our children and what to do if those influences are not positive. We absolutely want our children to feel loved so give us the courage to ask them how they want to be loved and the willingness to follow through in creative ways. Enable us to address any rejection issues our children may feel and to exercise discernment to determine if the concern is real. We cover our children in advance for any uncomfortable social situations they may encounter where they may not feel accepted. Help us to remind them of their identity, Father, and that they are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). In Jesus' name. Amen!

Tomorrow's prayer will focus on "establishing an eternal future" for our children. #JoinUs. #PowerInPrayer. #PrayingParents

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Day 5-Establishing an Eternal Future

In John 6:40 we are reminded that "everyone who believes in Him may have everlasting life." Lord, we want this for our children. We pray for any of our children who have not yet accepted you as their Savior and ask for the courage to talk freely about you and your goodness with them. Help us to see how our own relationship with you affects our children's relationships with you. We desire our relationship to be an inspiration to our children to draw them closer to you. We understand the spiritual value of an eternal future and we want our children to have access to that value. We want them to have the power that is described in John 14:12-14 where whatever is asked in your name you will do for those who believe in you. Lord, thank you for speaking to the hearts of our children. In Jesus' name. Amen!

Tomorrow's prayer may be considered a "big one"-"Honoring parents and resisting rebellion."

#KeepingThemCovered. #PrayingParents. #PowerInPrayer

Day 6-Honoring Parents and Resisting Rebellion

Lord, we rebuke the spirit of rebellion in our children. Ephesians 6:1-3 instructs us to "honor our mother and father so that it will go well and we may enjoy long life." We want our children to enjoy long lives and pray against any idols that may be in their hearts. Instead of rebellion we pray for obedience and submission. Instead of pride we pray for humility. Replace selfishness with selflessness. Father, we know that delayed obedience is a form of disobedience and we pray for guidance on ways to stop that behavior in our children. We realize that we struggle not against flesh and blood and therefore are prepared to put on our whole armor daily for our children (Ephesians 6:10-18). We thank you in advance for rescuing our children from the hands of their enemies (Nehemiah 9:26-27). In Jesus' name. Amen!

Join us tomorrow for a prayer to "maintain good family relationships."

#StandingTogetherInTheSpiritRealm. #PrayingParents

Day 7-Maintaining Good Family Relationships

Father today we are seeking prayer for the ability of our children to maintain good family relationships. If there are strained, fractured or severed situations in our families today, we ask you to restore them. We know that breakdowns in familial relationships can negatively affect our children and we pray for protection against that negativity. Lord, you tell us in Romans 14:19 to pursue the things which make for peace. Help us to be examples of peacemakers in our families, illustrating the power of prayer over damaged relationships. We cover the key relationships in our children's lives which are especially crucial to our children's happiness. We desire lasting and loving relationships with each one of these people. Help us to reflect compassion for our family members, to be tenderhearted and courteous as you instruct us in I Peter 3:8, not returning evil for evil. We thank you in advance for the peace and happiness our children will experience in this area. In Jesus' name. Amen!

Tomorrow we will cover "attracting Godly friends and role models."

#PreventivePrayers. #PrayingParents

Day 8-Attracting Godly Friends and Role Models

"He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed." 
Proverbs 13:20

Heavenly Father we come before you in the spirit realm to cover our children's ability to attract Godly friends and role models. You tell us in your word that "the righteous should choose his friends carefully for the way of the wicked leads them astray." We pray for limited to no contact with those individuals who bring out the worst in our children. We know that blessed is s/he who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly but instead delights in the law of the Lord. We thank you for those wise friends. If there is any strife that exists between our children and a friend replace it with peace. May our children easily forgive and allow us to mirror what that looks like. Father we seek Godly role models for our children; strengthen the ones already established and bring new ones that need to be replaced. We pray (enter your child's name) [Amali, Azaan, Joshua, Josiah, Hannah and Nina] will love their enemies and always seek to forgive easily as described in Matthew 5:44. Lastly, we pray for any relationship that is troubling or upsetting our children. Make it clear to us if we need to intervene or not on behalf of our children. In Jesus' name. Amen!

Tomorrow we will pray about our children "developing a hunger for the things of God."
#PrayingParents. #CommittedToThem. #CoveringThem

Day 9-Developing a Hunger for the Things of God

"Oh taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!"
Psalm 34:8

Lord, we pray our own lives reflect a healthy fear of you in our children's eyes. We pray against any influences that threaten to draw their attention away from the things of You. Father, take away the desire for those things that compete with you for our children's attention. You tell us in Proverbs 10:27 that the "fear of the Lord prolongs days, but the years of the wicked will be shortened." Give our children a healthy fear of you, Lord. May they hate what you hate and desire what you desire for their lives. Help us to teach, instruct, train, and encourage our children in the things of God. We know that there is no want to those who fear you, Father, and that those who seek you shall not lack any good thing (Psalm 34:9-10). We don't want our children to lack any good thing! We pray that (your child's name) [Amali, Azaan, Joshua, Hannah, Nina and Josiah] will taste and see that You are good and have a greater hunger for You! In Jesus' name. Amen!

Tomorrow-praying our children are "being the person God created."

#PowerInPrayer. #PrayingParents

Day 10-Being the Person God Created

"For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb."
Psalm 139:13

Heavenly Father, thank you for the gifts you have bestowed upon us in the form of our children. May we help them to understand who you have created them to be. Help us to nurture their God-given gifts and talents and for them to use them to further your kingdom. Father, whenever we see our children striving to be something they were not created to be or straining to do something that will never fulfill them, remind us to be gentle in our approach. We want our children to know with certainty that they belong to you as described in Isaiah 44:5. We rebuke the spirit of comparison in our children's lives and in ours as well because we recognize the impact unfavorable comparison to others has on our children's attitudes about themselves. Lord, we want our children to experience the blessings you promise in Isaiah 44:3-4 for those who thirst for you, blessings that span generations. Thank you in advance for these things we ask, in your son's Jesus' name. Amen!

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Day 11-Following Truth, Rejecting Lies

Lord we know that "lying lips are an abomination" to you and "those who deal truthfully" are your delight (Proverbs 12:22). Help us to teach our children not to lie. Lord, if any of us as parents struggle with this issue, we pray for your grace and mercy as you deal with us and convict our hearts to do better. Help us to communicate to our children the severity of telling lies and the rewards of telling the truth. Reveal the root issue of wanting to protect themselves by lying and the benefits of being set free. Pour out your Spirit of truth on our children as described in John 14:16-17. We decree that our children's hearts belong to You and no parts will be surrendered to the enemy, the father of lies. Reveal to us any time our children tell a lie so that nothing will be hidden. Help us as parents to establish appropriate discipline when lying does occur. We thank you for our children's ability to follow truth and reject lies. In Jesus' name! Amen!

Tomorrow we will pray about our children "enjoying a life of health and healing."
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Day 12-Enjoying a Life of Health and Healing

Lord, our hearts ache when our children are sick. You tell us in Matthew 8:17 that your son "took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses." We pray for healing today, Father, for all physical ailments that are affecting our children. We thank you in advance for answering our prayers in this area. Lord, sometimes we do not see immediate healing. In those instances we know we "walk by faith, not by sight" (II Corinthians 5:7). We know of countless accounts in the Bible where people's faith was key to their healing. Remind us to have faith in all matters especially in the area of healing and health. Lord, if our faith lacks, increase it. Give our children a faith strong enough to believe for your healing power to flow through their lives on an ongoing basis. We pray for supernatural healing specifically in the area of (insert your concern) [migraines, Down syndrome, allergies and athletic injuries]. We also pray a hedge of protection against any future sicknesses developing or injuries happening. James 5:15-16 tells us that the "prayer of faith will save the sick" and the "fervent prayer of a righteous man (or parent) avails much." We are fervently praying! In Jesus' name. Amen!

Tomorrow's prayer-"Having the Motivation for Proper Body Care"
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Day 13-"Having the Motivation for Proper Body Care"

Lord, we know exactly what it's like to struggle with poor eating or exercise habits, smoking, drinking, or other kids of neglect or abuse to our bodies. For these reasons, we are taking a stance as praying parents to pray our children will have the discipline, self-control, and wisdom to eat right, exercise regularly and take good care of their bodies. We know that our bodies are temples and that we are to honor God with our bodies. Help us to convey that concept to our children. May they take hold at an early age the importance of honoring their bodies. Father, as we cover our children in this area, help us to remember our own bodies so that we can serve as positive examples for our children. Help us to discern quickly any tendencies our children exhibit in the form of abuse or neglect with their physical bodies. You tell us in I Corinthians 10:31 that "whatever we eat or drink to do so all for the glory of God." We know that if "anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person; for God's temple is sacred" (I Corinthians 3:17). In light of this, we wholeheartedly pray for our children to take care of their bodies. In Jesus' name. Amen!

Tomorrow-"Instilling the Desire to Learn"

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Day 14-Instilling the Desire to Learn

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction."
Proverbs 1:7

Heavenly Father, we want our children to succeed. We know that success depends on the ability and desire to learn. Today, we are praying for that ability and desire to be fostered in our children. We do not want them to despise wisdom and instruction. Father, if we have observed any issues in this area, we seek discernment on how to address this issue as quickly as possible. We know that happiness is associated with wisdom and understanding (Proverbs 2:13) and we want our children to experience the joy and rewards that comes from having wisdom. Father, we understand that you are the ultimate teacher of our children and that you promise to give them peace (Isaiah 54:13). We stand in agreement for this peace for our children and thank you in advance for the gains our children will experience as a result of wisdom and understanding. We are not parents of fools! In Jesus' name! Amen!

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Join us tomorrow as we pray for "identifying God-given gifts and talents.

Day 15-Identifying God-Given Gifts and Talents
"For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable."
Romans 11:29

Lord, thank you for the natural gifts, abilities and talents you have placed in our children. Help us to be keenly aware of how to encourage their further development. If there are other gifts and talents in our children that we have not seen, please reveal them to us and with clarity. As parents, we want to nurture, protect and develop those talents. You tell us in Romans 18:16 that "a man's gift makes room for him and brings him before great men." Lord, we pray that the gifts and talents You have placed in (your child's name) [Amali, Azaan, Joshua, Hannah, Nina and Josiah] will make room for them and bring them before great people. Thank you, God, that our children come short in no gift and that they are enriched in everything (I Corinthians 1:4-7). Give us a glimpse of our children's potential for greatness. Help our children to excel in their God-given gifts and to be recognized and appreciated by others as described in Proverbs 22:29. Lord, thank you for blessing our children in this area. In Jesus' name. Amen!

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Tomorrow's prayer-"learning to speak life."

Day 16-Learning to Speak Life

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit."

Dear Heavenly Father, good morning! Today we pray for our children's ability to speak life. We know that "he who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction" (Proverbs 13:3). We do not want destruction to come upon our children! We pray our children recognize at an early age that words have power and they can either speak life or death into a situation. May they choose to speak life. If for some reason the words they speak are not positive, may they quickly recognize their error and change their speech. Lord, if our children speak negatively about themselves reveal to us the reasons why those words were said so we can address the matter effectively and as quickly as possible. Help us to encourage our children to be open and honest about their negative emotions and thoughts and show them how to pray about them. If our children are not open and honest help us to encourage more open sharing. Your word tells us that "a good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things" (Matthew 12:35). We pray for our children's hearts to enable the flow of good things. Let the words of (your child's name) [Amali's, Azaan's, Joshua's, Hannah's, Nina's, and Josiah's] mouths and the meditation of their hearts be acceptable in your sight. In Jesus' holy name. Amen!
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Tomorrow-"Staying attracted to holiness and purity."

Day 17-Staying Attracted to Holiness and Purity

"For God did not call us to uncleanness, but to holiness."

Heavenly Father, thank you for allowing us to submit our petitions to you regarding our children. Today, we are praying for our children's attitudes towards living a holy and pure life. Lord, we know that instruction begins at home so reveal to us any areas where we need to adjust our own attitudes towards living a holy and pure life. Father, we pray for positive role models who also encourage our children to be attracted to holiness and purity. We know that you, Lord, are the ultimate teacher and that holiness begins with a love for you. May our children thirst for your love and earnestly seek you out at an early age. Help us to encourage our children to keep themselves pure. We pray for a new beginning for those who may have gotten off track for whatever reason and thank you for the grace and mercy you have shown in their lives. Proverbs 20:11 tells us that "even a child is known by his deeds, whether what he does is pure and right." We pray our children's deeds are pleasing in your sight, Lord. We know that the pure in heart are blessed (Matthew 5:8) and we desire this blessing for our children. We pray that (your child's name) [Amali, Azaan, Joshua, Hannah, Nina and Josiah] will ascend into the hill of the Lord and receive blessing (Psalm 24:3-5). Let no one despise (your child's name) [Amali's, Azaan's, Joshua's, Hannah's, Nina's and Josiah's] youth but that they are examples in "word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith and in purity" (I Timothy 4:12). In Jesus' name. Amen!

"Praying through a child's room" will be our focus tomorrow.

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Day 18-Praying Through a Child's Room

"And you shall take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it; and you shall hallow it and all its utensils, and it shall be holy."

Exodus 40:9

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Our children's rooms should be a sanctuary, a safe haven. Father, we cover our children's rooms today. If our children have nightmares, unexplained fears, or periods of aggressive behavior, please give us discernment on what the issue may be and how we can immediately address it. Lord, reveal to us if there is anything unholy in our children's rooms. Whether it's a stuffed animal, electronic device or a book, bring it to our attention. May we cover every item, every window and doorway in our children's rooms with anointing oil. We stand together right now, Father, in the spirit realm covering our children's rooms in prayer. We want our children's rooms to be a place of refuge and safety, therefore we guard against anything that is in their room that is not of you, Lord. Father we pray that (your child's name) [Amali, Azaan, Joshua, Hannah, Nina and Josiah] will behave wisely and in a perfect way. I pray they will walk within our home with a perfect heart and not set anything wicked before their eyes (Psalm 101:2-4). Remind us to maintain purity and holiness throughout our homes for the protection of our children. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tomorrow-"Enjoying Freedom from Fear."

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Day 19-Enjoying Freedom from Fear

Do any of your fears manifest themselves in your children in any way?
Lord, we know that you did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7). Help us to be aware of any fears that our children may have. In Luke 10:19 you gave us authority to trample "over all the power of the enemy" and so today in the spirit realm we STOMP on anything that may cause fear in our children. We stomp out insecurities, low self-esteem, the opinions of others and generational curses! There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear (I John 4:18) and we thank you, Father, for your perfect love. The Lord is (your child's name) [Amali's, Azaan's, Joshua's, Hannah's, Nina's and Josiah's] light and salvation (Psalm 27:1) and they shall not fear anyone or anything. We pray that you will cover our children as described in Psalm 91:4-6 whenever they are afraid. We thank you for the victory our children will experience in this area. In Jesus' name. Amen!

Want extra protection in this area? Write out Psalm 91 and insert your child's name in every space.
"Surely He shall deliver Amali from the snare of the fowler...He shall cover Amali with His feathers..."

Tomorrow we will pray for "receiving a sound mind"

Day 20-Receiving a Sound Mind

Lord, today we pray against our children ever struggling with confusion, the inability to stay focused, difficulty understanding things appropriate for their age or negative thinking. We present any concerns or fears we have about the development of our children's minds to you. We know that Isaiah 26:3 tells us that you will keep our children in "perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You." Remind us to encourage our children to praise you regularly to combat self-centeredness. Remind us to encourage our children to be thankful and to glorify you as God on a regular basis (Romans 1:21). Father, we seek life and peace for our children and therefore want them to be spiritually minded as described in Romans 8:6. For you have given (your child's name) [Amali, Azaan, Joshua, Hannah, Nina and Josiah] a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7). In Jesus' name. Amen!

Tomorrow-"Inviting the Joy of the Lord"

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Day 21-Inviting the Joy of the Lord

When you observe your child's face, does it most often reflect peace and joy, or is it frequently depressed, angry, sad, moody, or troubled?

Good morning, Father! Today we are praying our children have the joy of the Lord. We pray that You will show (your child's name) [Amali, Azaan, Joshua, Hannah, Nina and Josiah] the path of life so they will experience the fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). We pray that You, the God of hope, will fill (your child's name) [Amali, Azaan, Joshua, Hannah, Nina and Josiah] with all joy and peace (Romans 15:13). Lord, we know this is the day that you have made for (your child's name) [Amali, Azaan, Joshua, Hannah, Nina and Josiah]. We pray that they will rejoice in it! (Psalm 118:24). We pray that our children manifest the fruit of the spirit as described in Galatians 5:22-23-love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We pray that our children learn how to be content in every stage of their lives (Philippians 4:11) and that they will have merry hearts 💕 (Proverbs 15:15). Father, we pray that You will bless (your child's name) [Amali, Azaan, Joshua, Hannah, Nina and Josiah] and keep them and shine upon them (Numbers 6:24-26). We pray for healthy and positive attitudes. In Jesus' name. Amen!

Tomorrow-"Destroying an Inheritance of Family Bondage"

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Day 22-Destroying an Inheritance of Family Bondage

Is there a trait, characteristic, or habit you or your child's other parent have which you would not like to see your child emulate or inherit?

Heavenly Father, we come to you today to cover our children's inheritance. We pray against any negative tendency that runs in our families such as laziness, irresponsibility, self-pity, anger, unforgiveness, bitterness, gossiping, coldness, or being critical. We pray against any sinful or destructive patterns of behavior on either side of our families which we do not want to touch our children's lives such as alcoholism, infidelity, lying, divorce, drugs or poor money management. God has given us the authority over all the power of the enemy and so we take that authority and break ALL the bondages over our families! We say that they have no part in our lives or in the lives of our children! We know we are children of God and our inheritance comes from Christ (Romans 8:15-17). We proclaim right now to the enemy that our children are heirs of God. Once we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to "cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (I John 1:9. May our children be quick to confess their sins whenever needed. Christ has made us free from a "yoke of bondage" and we pray this freedom for our children (Galatians 5:1). Father, we claim that (your child's name) [Amali, Azaan, Joshua, Hannah, Nina, and Josiah] are in Christ and they are a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new (II Corinthians 5:17). We pray these things in your mighty Son's majestic name. Amen!
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Tomorrow-"avoiding alcohol, drugs, and other addictions"

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Day 23-Avoiding Alcohol, Drugs, and Other Addictions

Lord, we pray our children will have the integrity of the upright to resist any temptation that the enemy puts in their path. We want our children to be built up in the truth of the Lord. We believe we have authority over all the power of the enemy and therefore we stand together breaking all strongholds in our children's lives through prayer.  🙏🏾. No temptation has overtaken (your child's name) [Amali, Azaan, Joshua, Hannah, Nina and Josiah] except such is common to man; but God is faithful... and will also make the way of escape (I Corinthians 10:13). Lord we pray that (your child's name) [Amali, Azaan, Joshua, Hannah, Nina and Josiah], will not live according to the flesh which brings death but will live by the Spirit (Romans 8:13). We pray our children love the Lord our God, obey His voice and cling to Him as described in Deuteronomy 30:20 to have long life. We pray for the Holy Spirit to help our children make right choices, choices for life, every day. In Jesus' name. Amen!

Tomorrow-"Rejecting Sexual Immorality"

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Day 24-Rejecting Sexual Immorality

Are you convinced of the need for sexual purity in your life and the lives of your children?

Father, we pray for sexual purity today for our children. We do do not want the wholeness of their souls to be sacrificed because of giving place to the lust of the flesh (I Peter 2:11). We pray that our children walk wisely and not trust in their own hearts when dealing with sexual sin (Proverbs 28:26). Even if our children have already stumbled into sexual immorality, we pray for them to live in sexual purity from now on and to count all trials as a testing of their faith (James 1:2-3). Father, even as we pray for our children today, we ask for forgiveness for any traps of the enemy we have fallen into which have led to sexual immorality. We confess it to You Lord, even our thought life, so the enemy has no grounds for a stronghold in our lives. May our children not be drawn away from you with their own desires and enticed (James 1:14-15) but instead may they seek after your righteousness. May they walk in the Spirit and be led by the Spirit for we know we cannot be with them at all times. We pray that they avoid all works of the flesh such as adultery and fornication (Galatians 5:19-21) and instead operate in the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) such as goodness and faithfulness. We ask these things in Jesus' name. Amen!

Want extra protection in this area? Write out a prayer asking God to help your child exhibit all the fruits of the Spirit while mentioning each one specifically.

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Tomorrow we will pray about "Finding the Perfect Mate"

Day 25-Finding the Perfect Mate

"Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it."
Psalm 127:1

Lord, we know that you hate divorce. For this reason, we are covering our children and their ability to find perfect mates. We realize that marriages begin as simple relationships and therefore "the righteous should choose their friends carefully" (Proverbs 12:26). You tell us in your word that we are not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers (II Corinthians 6:14). We pray our children and their potential mates will have a shared love for Jesus Christ. If we have experienced divorce anywhere in our families we pray to break that spirit over our children's lives. If divorce has not occurred, we pray to keep it far from our children. Father, we ask You to be in charge of our children's marriages. We are praying that our children not only find the perfect mates but that they will not enter into marriage with expectations so high that their spouses can't live up to them. Give our children positive examples of what You envision for marriage. Father, reveal Your will to our children regarding their future mates. We do not cease to pray for (your child's name) [Amali, Azaan, Joshua, Hannah, Nina and Josiah], and ask that they may be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding (Colossians 1:9). In Jesus' name. Amen!

Tomorrow-"Living Free of Unforgiveness"

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***There are five days remaining of our focused prayers for our children. Be certain to join us on March 31st as we celebrate our children. Praise reports, pictures and positive vibes...all about our kids!***

Day 26-Living Free of Unforgiveness

Does forgiveness flow freely in your family or does unforgiveness have a place in one or more family members?

Heavenly Father, as we pray for our children's ability to live freely of unforgiveness, let us first start with ourselves. Help us to confess unforgiveness so we can be set free! Help us to know what true forgiveness looks like and to walk in that freedom. Keep us free from hidden unforgiveness in the future. We pray our children find it easy to forgive and let go of unforgiveness. If there is a specific area of unforgiveness in our children, reveal it to us and give us discernment on how to address it. You tell us in your word that if we forgive those who trespass against us, you will also forgive us (Matthew 6:14). Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from (your child's name) [Amali, Azaan, Joshua, Hannah, Nina and Josiah] and may they instead be kind, tenderhearted and forgiving (Ephesians 4:31-32). Father, we pray that our children offer love that suffers long and is kind; love that does not envy nor behave rudely but bears all things (I Corinthians 13:4-7). We pray that (your child's name) [Amali, Azaan, Joshua, Hannah, Nina and Josiah] who are your holy and beloved children, will put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, and long suffering in order to forgive others (Colossians 3:12-13). In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tomorrow's prayer-"walking in repentance"


Day 27-Walking in Repentance

"He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy."
Proverbs 28:13

Good morning, Lord! We are praying that our children are encouraged not to cover their sins. We pray You keep them from ever becoming comfortable with concealing their sins. Father, thank you for the times when their sin has been revealed by the look on their faces before it was discovered in their behavior. We know that even if they are able to hide sins from us, they cannot hide them from you (Psalm 69:5). Not only are we praying for the courage in our children to admit or confess their sin but we also want them to be repentant, sorry enough to not want to do it again. We want them to readily seek forgiveness from you, God. Search (your child's name) [Amali, Azaan, Joshua, Hannah, Nina and Josiah], O God, and know their hearts. See if there is any wicked way in them and lead them in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24). Create in (your child's name) [Amali, Azaan, Joshua, Hannah, Nina and Josiah] a clean heart ❤️, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within them (Psalm 51:10). We pray these things in Jesus' name. Amen.

Tomorrow we will pray about "breaking down ungodly strongholds"

Day 28-Breaking Down Ungodly Strongholds

"For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, not hidden that will not be known."
Luke 12:2

Father, reveal to us the truth of what is going on in our children's minds and lives. If we see any patterns of misbehaving such as dishonesty, deception, greed, selfishness, arrogance, or disobedience, help us to address those issues immediately and in love. God, we pray for You to destroy any strongholds the enemy wants to establish in our children's lives. Do not lead our children into temptation but deliver them from evil (Matthew 6:13). We know we don't have to be suspicious of our children but instead we have to be wary of the enemy who is always lurking and waiting (I Peter 5:8). Father, we resist the enemy, on behalf of our children, and remain steadfast in the faith as described in I Peter 5:9. We will also remain sober and vigilant in protecting our children from the enemy's plans for he has no place in our children's lives! In Jesus' name. Amen!
Tomorrow-"seeking wisdom and discernment"
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Day 29-Seeking Wisdom and Discernment

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him."
James 1:5

Good morning, Father! We pray for our children's abilities to make right choices and and good decisions. We ask for wisdom for our children. We pray that wisdom will be in (your child's name) [Amali's, Azaan's, Joshua's, Hannah's, Nina's and Josiah's] hearts 💕 to deliver them from the way of evil (Proverbs 2:10-12). We know that the benefits of wisdom and understanding are countless including length of days, riches and honor and peace ✌️(Proverbs 3:13-18). We know that getting wisdom and understanding will bring promotion, honor, grace and a crown of glory (Proverbs 4:7-9). In Proverbs 23:24-25 we learn that a wise child will bring delight to his/her parents. We are excited about that, Lord! We thank you for the ways in which we can obtain wisdom by receiving your words and treasuring your commands (Proverbs 2:1-7). We pray that our children will understand the value of wisdom and cry out for discernment, for we know You are a shield to those who walk uprightly; and You guard their paths (Proverbs 2:7-8). We thank you for being these for our children! In Jesus' name. Amen!

Tomorrow, our final day, we will pray for "growing in Faith."
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Our FINAL Day!
Day 30-Growing in Faith

Heavenly Father, thank you for hearing our prayers regarding our children over the past 29 days. Our prayer today is for their ability to grow in faith. May our children see our own faith as strong examples. We know that all things are possible for those who believe (Matthew 9:23). We know that those who doubt are like the waves of the sea 🌊, driven and tossed by the wind (James 1:6). We pray our children do not doubt and instead abide in faith, hope and love ❤️ as according to I Corinthians 13:13. Father, if there are times when our children's faith wavers, remind them of your steadfast love and your ability to care for all of their needs. Help us to encourage their faith by pointing out your presence in ALL things. We pray our children exhibit strong faith when faced with difficult circumstances. Your word tells us that as long as our children have faith the size of a mustard seed, then they will be able to speak to the hardships that seem like mountains in their lives and that nothing will be impossible for them (Matthew 17:20). Lord, we thank you for our children's faith! In Jesus' name. Amen!

Tomorrow, please join us as we celebrate our children! We will post praise reports, our favorite pics of our children and their greatest accomplishments to date. We will ROCK social media with a celebration of our children! 🎊 

🎶 C E L E B R A T I O N Time, Come On! It's time to celebrate! There's a party going on over's time to celebrate!  🎉🎶

Today we are celebrating our children! Post your praise reports, your favorite pics of your children or how proud you are of them. We are flooding Facebook with the power of positivity for our children! We learn at our church that what you focus on gets bigger. So, while all our prayers for our children may not have been answered yet, we are focusing on the positive today. #Celebrate! #PrayingParentsWhoCelebrateToo
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