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Friday, April 20, 2018

40 Prayers to Pray During Pregnancy: Part Four

Hello sweet friends! We are now in the last 10 weeks of prayers that you can pray during your pregnancy! Oh, those special last weeks of carrying your child. There are SO many emotions, feelings, unknowns, and sometimes fears but I am learning that those fears (especially in motherhood) can be turned into opportunities to PRAY and grow in our faith!

Week 31
Jesus, as we are coming up on the last few weeks of pregnancy, I want to thank you for your faithfulness. Thank you for this life that you are growing and sustaining. Please continue to give me courage and strength to push through the aches and pains and sleepless nights. I can not wait to see this sweet baby! Thank you again that your strength is made perfect in my weakness. Amen. 

Week 32
Lord, I pray for this child. I pray that you would give him/her wisdom, joy, faith, and endurance. I pray that you would give me wisdom to parent for your glory. I thank you that this child actually belongs to You, our Good Good Father! Thank you for entrusting this child's heart to me and I pray that we will be good stewards of the faith you have given so freely to us. In Jesus Name, Amen! 

Week 33
Jesus, I pray for a supernatural labor and delivery. However it turns out, God, be glorified. Give me peace, give my husband (or loved ones) a peace that surpasses all understanding. I know that Your will is perfect and will be done but I am asking for favor for a healthy and happy child and a healthy labor. Lord, no matter what, You are good and perfect and I trust You. In Jesus' Mighty Name, Amen! 

Week 34
Lord, I pray right now for my child's salvation. That even at an early age, he/she would have a softened heart to Your love and Your salvation. I pray that You would give them a heightened sense of You, Holy Spirit. I pray that they would exude Your love to those around them and I pray that they would love and follow You every day of their life. Holy Spirit, indwell them and guide them in the fruitful life You have planned for them. Thank you that nothing can separate us from Your love, precious Savior!! In Jesus Name, I pray for salvation for my child. Amen. 

Week 35
God, I pray for my baby's body. That as he/she grows, they would be strong and resilient. I pray that you would give me guidance and wisdom on how to feed my baby, whether it's by nursing or bottle, I pray that you would give me a peace and show me what is best for my baby. Help me not to get discouraged or overwhelmed. Give me wise and thoughtful nurses and a team of help that will come alongside me as I start this journey of caring for my sweet baby. Thank you for sustaining us! Amen. 

Week 36
Lord, I pray for the weeks ahead when my baby will be in my arms! I pray for a quick connection with my child. I pray that we would bond immediately and that you would give my family a bond with my child that shows Your steadfast love to him/her. Thank you for creating this child! I know that You have great plans for my baby. I pray that you would grant us nights of sleep and lots of cuddles. I pray that all of this would be for Your glory. Lord, I pray that You would help me when I don't know what I'm doing. You know and You made me a mother specifically for my baby! Thank you! Amen. 

Week 37
God, I pray for this child's heart. I pray that they would have a heart to love others around them. I pray that they would be selfless as they grow. But I know that what they see, they emulate so I pray, Lord, that You would give me a heart for others. Help me to selflessly sacrifice my time and energy for my child and for others. 

Week 38
Lord, my due date is so close! Give me peace and patience. Help my body to heal quickly after the delivery and I pray for a speedy and full recovery. Jesus, I just want to thank you again for always being by my side. I know that You won't leave me, ever. I pray that You would always be close to my child, hold him/her in Your arms and under your mighty wing. I pray that in the days, weeks, months, and even years ahead, that You would be on every side of my family. Go before us, stay behind us, and be ever present with us. Help me and my family to daily surrender to You and trust in You every step of the way. In Jesus Name, Amen! 

Week 39
Father God, You are patient! Help me to be patient even in the middle of the night feedings or when my baby is crying. Give me a holy patience with my child and the people around me. I thank you that You are patient with me even when I am all over the place. Help me to live slowly, soaking in each and every moment of this beautiful, exhausting, and good journey You've put me on. You are ever with me! Give me patience as I parent. In Jesus Name, Amen!

Week 40
Thank you Jesus for sustaining me these 40 weeks. I know that you won't leave me now, You've carried me this far. I pray again for my child. Give him/her a zeal for life. Help me to have a teachable spirit going into motherhood. I surrender my child to you, into your good and safe hands. I surrender my life to You, maker of heaven and earth! Thank you a million times for the joy set before us as I begin (or continue) the path of motherhood! You are good and worthy of praise. In Jesus Name, Amen! 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

40 Prayers to Pray During Your Pregnancy: Part Three

Thank you all for being patient as I took a break from writing to raise two babies who are only ten months apart. It's been an adventure, no doubt! I have received hundreds of emails asking where the next prayers were in regards to the 40 Weeks of Prayer during Pregnancy (which you can find PART ONE and PART TWO here!) and I am so sorry for not getting back to them quicker! I look forward to writing more often as I can! 

Week 21 
Lord, thank you for this life growing inside of me! I pray that you would prepare my heart for what is to come. Jesus, I put my hope, my trust, my security in You. I trust that You will prepare my heart and mind for what you have in store as I nurture and love this baby. Amen. 

Week 22 
Jesus, thank you for another week of carrying this baby! Thank you that you are the Creator of all good things and I know that you have great joy in store for this little one. Lord, I pray that you would even now cultivate a heart of joy in this child and that you would help me share the joy that you give me with him/her as I parent and mother them in your strength. In Jesus Name, Amen! 

Week 23 
Lord, I surrender! I surrender all of my cares, worries, fears, anxieties, ALL of my thoughts about this pregnancy and the unknown at Your feet. Help me to take every thought captive this week. Holy Spirit, give me peace as I surrender all to you this pregnancy. Amen! 

Week 24
Lord, be glorified. I pray that as I carry this child, that I would do so for your glory. When times get tough or exhausting and even when things are blissful and I feel the baby kick, let me praise and glorify YOU no matter what! I can only do this in the power of the Gospel! Thank you for giving me salvation! In Jesus name, amen. 

Week 25 
Lord I pray for humility. Lord, help me to be humble enough to ask for help when I need it. Especially when this child enters the world, I won't be able to do it all on my own. Help me to not fear reaching out for help especially from you, Lord! Please now put people in my path who will walk alongside of me in this season! In Jesus Name I pray... amen. 

Week 26 
Lord, thank you for this child. I thank you for how you have already, even before the foundation of the earth, formed and intricately designed my child. Thank you that you have a plan for him/her and thank you that your desire for my child is that she/he would grow up loving You and loving others. I pray that your plan would be known to my child and I pray that you would give me loving kindness as I parent and raise up this child to live out their purpose on this earth. Amen! 

Week 27 
Jesus, you are good! I praise you for being in control of all things, for forgiving us and loving us even when we are undeserving and unfaithful to You. Thank you that you never leave us nor forsake us. I pray that even now, you would fill my child with a peace that surpasses all understanding and that as he/she grows, he would come to trust you in all things in Jesus Name! 

Week 28 
Heavenly Father, protect my child from the fallen world around us that does not acknowledge you as God and Savior. But even more than that, empower her to love the people in this world and culture around her with Your love. May Your love exude out of my child even at a young age. Strengthen me to be an example of Your love to my children! Amen! 

Week 29 
Thank you, Jesus, for the gifts, talents, dreams, and desires that you are already instilling in my child. I pray that I can nurture those gifts and lead my child into a right understanding of how he can use his gifts and talents for your glory, God! I pray that he would be bold and encourage others with the gifts you have given him whatever that may be. Thank you for being the ultimate artist and Creator God! 

Week 30 
Father, grow my understanding of You so that I can share Your love, Your wisdom, Your truth with my child as they grow. I won't be perfect at it and in my failure, I know you are faithful! Thank you for always being faithful! Give me wisdom and give my child wisdom even now, Lord! 

Week 31-40 will be up tomorrow! I pray that these prayers will bless you and lead you into a closer relationship with our Savior! 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

growing pains + humility (and an announcement!)

For the past few months, I have been learning so many new things about life and myself and the faith that I claim to live in and believe. I feel like the things that are finally clicking in my head are obvious, no-brainer things. For example, I must speak truth and positivity over the negativity in my mind. As I am learning these things, I am tempted to feel less-than. I feel like I should already know and live these things, comparing myself to the sister beside me who is working through seemingly deeper issues that I think I, myself, should be learning. But instead of comparing myself to anyone else, I should look at these growing pains as a lesson in humility for me. When I am tempted to think wrongly about myself or feel like I should know it all, all of the time, but that is truly pride. That's false humility. I'm learning that true humility is accepting what I did not know, listening to what God is trying to teach me and let myself grow and thrive.

There will always be temptations to run past simple truths that we think we already know when God wants us to lower our selves, surrender to Him, and relearn the truth that will set us free. That's what preaching the Gospel to yourself looks like. It's repentance, surrender, trust. And it may look like a short whispered prayer as your in the middle of a chaotic day. It may look like going to a friend or loved one to let them know that you are struggling and you need prayer. It may look like you shutting off your phone or email to get on your knees and as for forgiveness. Repentance is key to growing!

 Is there something that God is trying to teach you, that you think you already know? Is there something you need to repent of in order to thrive and live the abundant life that Jesus died to give you? Chances are, you actually may "know" it in your mind but those things haven't reached your heart and you're not LIVING them. You may know that you are to love your neighbor but do you actively love them? I desire to be a doer of the Word, not only a hearer. And it's only by the strength and power of the Holy Spirit and daily surrendering yourself to Him that we can truly live out what we believe.

Above all of these practical ways to combat fear, believe truth, and speak encouragement over my own mind, I am learning that I, being in Christ, DO NOT have to strive after anything. Healing, peace, joy, security, it's all already mine because I am in Christ. I am not a slave to fear or people pleasing, but I am free and redeemed. I am already forgiven of my sin when Jesus saved me and when I repent on the daily, it's not for my eternal salvation- it's for my daily growth to be more like Jesus (sanctification!) This is truth. 

I may feel weak (and apart from Christ, I am) but my feelings are not God. God is God. Sin does not define the one whose trust is in Jesus. He defines who I am and He says that I (and you!) are perfect, beloved, chosen, set apart, and holy because it's Christ who covers us and lives in us. THAT is what gives me freedom. I just want to encourage you today to let God teach you, reteach you, speak truth over you, and love you. Whatever it is you are walking through, He is truly right there holding you each step of the way and He delights in you!

I am so excited to share that in the late Spring of 2018, I will be launching a podcast show called Truth in the Trenches! It's a podcast full of Gospel-based encouragement for different seasons of life. I'm excited to share more in the weeks to come but I wanted to officially get the news out!