Pray Without Ceasing

I originally wrote this post about a year and a half ago, but I wanted to bring it over from my old blog. I updated it a little bit.
Pray Without Ceasing @godschicki

Pray without ceasing.
1 Thessalonians 5:17

Even now, while our little ones are young, I have tried to make it a habit to pray with them and for them aloud ever chance I get. Being in a spirit of prayer is something I want to pass along to our little ones.

    • When we get up, we thank God for the new day, pray for safety, and that we’d accomplish all God has for us to do on that day. That He would open our eyes to the opportunities He gives us to speak life into live around us. That He would give us the words to say to make the most of those opportunities.
    • We pray before meals.
    • When Daddy leaves for work, we pray he will have a safe trip, a good, productive day, and a safe trip home.
    • When we hear sirens we pray for the rescue workers and the people they are going to help. What is fun is that our oldest new makes sure I hear the sirens so we can pray.
    • When we see a police officer pulling someone over we pray for their safety and that they would have a good day.
    • On trash collection days, we watch the trucks work from our door (Little Man loves them and waves at the workers), we pray for God to bless the workers and give them a great day.
    • When we drive past people working or waiting out in the cold we pray that the Lord would keep them warm and help them have a good day.
    • We pray for people we hear about on the news or other media (or from another person) who are hurting. Thank God for the people who are making a difference in the world. Pray for our leaders and country.
    • When we see kids at bus stop we pray that they would have a good day at school and that they would be safe. We pray for the Christians attending school, that they would be a bright light in a dark world.
    • When we see kids playing in the neighborhood, we pray that they come to know Christ in a real and powerful way and that they would have a good day.
    • When we see the military jets or someone in military uniform we pray for our military.
    • When we see someone whiz by us on the highway (or cut us off), we pray that God would keep them and those around them safe. (I will admit, it was done rather grudgingly at first, but now it’s a genuine heartfelt thing.)
    • When we see a beautiful flower, sunset, or have fun we thank God for it.
    • When we see someone asking for help by the road, we help if we can (if we don’t have cash we see if we can buy them a meal) and pray for them if we can help or not. I share a bit about why this is so important to us here.
    • When we hear of some celebrity who has cause a stir in the world we pray for them.
    • When the littles falls down or bump themselves we pray that God will help them feel better.
    • There are certain things that I see that will remind me of someone that we know, so we stop and pray for them.

When we’re putting our littles to bed we pray with and for them.

  • Thanking God for them and their milestones they’s meeting. For fun things we’ve done during the day.
  • For stuff we’ve gotten done.
  • We pray that they would seek the Lord with all that they are, all the days of their lives.
  • That they would wait on the Lord and His timing for their future spouses.
  • That they would stop and think about things before they do them so they can be safe and remember to obey and be sweet.
  • We pray for wisdom and direction and words to speak into every situation as we raise them.
  • We pray for any future children we may be blessed with.
  • We thank God for out family by name and pray for our friends and loved ones.

Prayer is such an important facet of our faith, and trying to pass along our faith, it is important to be intentional about it. I have shared about my prayers in parenting and parenting bucket list as well.
What are some of the ways you teach your children about prayer?

Putting on Love

 
It has taken me more than a day to get this up. Life has been busy. In my last post I wrote about putting on a Garment of Praise. In this post I wanted to share about love.
Putting On Love @godschicki
Dressing for your day has to be intentional. If you’re not properly prepared for the work ahead you could ruin nice clothes cleaning or working in the yard or get soaking wet in rain. We have to put on our clothes, they don’t just appear on us by themselves.
We need to dress for our day spiritually as well. If you didn’t check out my last post, please take just a minute to check it out.
Putting on Love @Aboutachik

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts,kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
Colossians 3:12-14

These verses tell us to put on compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, forgiveness and to bind them all together, to put on the day’s ‘belt’, love.
The word ‘love’ is thrown around a lot these days. We ‘love’ everything from people to foods to movies to bands, but what does that word mean?

 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Now, some of these attributes overlap with the verses from Colossians 3 we just read. They do not come naturally. Children have to learn to be patient and kind.  Even as adults we have to learn to be content and polite. This kind of love comes from God. It is only with His help that we can possess these qualities, but as Christ followers, we should strive to attain these qualities.
An exercise I love is substituting your name for ‘love’ as you read 1 Corinthians 13. Can I say that I am patient and kind? I do not envy or boast? I am not arrogant or rude? I do not insist on my own way? I am not irritable? I am not resentful? I do not rejoice in wrong doing? I rejoice in truth? Do I bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, endure all things?
Honestly, as much as I have done that exercise, it still hurts making me realize how short I fall. I have to remember multiple times a day to ask for God’s help. For Him to pour out His love on me so that it just overflows onto those around me. That is the only way it happens.
It is a process, but one that is well worth it.
What are some ways you work on applying Scripture to your life? Have you ever substituted your name for ‘love’ in those verses? How do you put on godly attributes?

Dressing for the Day

I recently read one of those post sharing tips and thoughts on making your days better and more productive. One of the items was “Dressing for the kind of day you’d like to have.”
 
Dressing for the Day
My first thought was “How do I dress for a day that I don’t want to get puked, pooped or peed on?” (As a mom those days are sometimes few and far between)
It is very good, practical advice. Days that I get out of my pajamas or strap on one of my aprons I am more productive. It really helps me get into a different mindset. On rainy days, you want to stay dry, so you put on a rain coat and carry an umbrella.
Thinking about it more, I remembered this verse.

To grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
Isaiah 61:3

 
God will give us a garment of praise for a faint spirit. We have to make the conscious effort to put it on. A gift is not useful until you accept it and take possession of it. Remember that rainy day? If we want to be prepared to face the day, we need to put on the garment of praise.
We need to put on the garment of praise. Change the way we are thinking and refocus.
Some things I know help me are:

  • Starting the day with prayer, especially of thanksgiving. When we are looking for things to be thankful for we look for them through the day and not reasons to be upset, our attitude is much more positive. Need to focus on Thankfulness? Check out this Challenge for Thanksgiving Any Time of the Year.
  • Getting in the Word as soon as possible, even if it is just reading it aloud to the kids as we finish breakfast. I have been trying to read when the kids are finishing up meals.
  • Listening to worship music though the day, especially when cleaning. I share more about this in my own post on Tips for a More Productive Day.

How do you put on a ‘garment of praise’?
There are a few other Scriptures that reference putting things on. One is Putting on Love. In other places Scripture talks about Gracefilled Speech, Being Peculiar, and Getting Drunk.