Thursday, February 5, 2009

TAKING TIME TO PRAY



Every morning when I wake up I search my tiny library of favorite books for an encouraging read. It’s become a habit of sorts. I find if I do not take a few minutes to arouse my slumbering spirit, the calm of the dawn ends up being replaced with the chaos of the day. More often than not the remaining 23.5 hours spin helplessly out of control and I’m left with a mountain of half-finished projects when the clock strikes midnight…

I read a little today about Susanna Wesley. I learned she was certainly no stranger to suffering! She lived in the shadow of poverty, illness, and hardship. She gave birth to nineteen children but only nine would survive! Even with such heartache (can you even imagine losing 10 babies?), she stayed faithful and committed herself to teaching her children the things of God. Though her huge family was squeezed into a tiny cottage, she valued quiet time with the Lord AND she made sure she carved out time in her day for it! When she sat down and pulled her apron over her head, her children knew not to disturb her (she was praying). Her faithfulness had huge rewards, too! One of her sons, John, went on to found the Methodist Church. Another son, Charles, wrote over nine THOUSAND hymns...

So…as I thought about Susanna and her faith I couldn’t help but wonder if I prayed enough for my children when they were little…or more so, pray enough for them now that they are grown?

Asking myself that question also gave me the answer….

“Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it.” Proverbs 22:6 NLT

Blessings…Rebecca

6 comments:

A Stitch In Thyme said...

I find I pray for my children more now that they've grown. I should pray more in general and have been but thoughts well taken rebecca.

Sunday Girl said...

Words to live by, Rebecca. I, too, pray more for my kids now that they've grown. I think that's because we aren't in control of their activities anymore, lol.

Tanza said...

Ooohh Sweeet ~r~,
Another lovely post from you.. Yes, how true this is..I have to say, I lift my children in prayer each and every day.. I pray a hedge of protection, around them physically, as well as spiritually..and that the Lord would guide their hearts and minds to make the right Godly choices and to keep their thoughts pure and Christ-like..I surely hope it to be true, that their isn't a more powerful prayer, than a Mommas..You continue to soo inspire, and your heart is always in the right place..Blessings to you this very evening.. Hugs ~t~xo

English Cottage in Georgia said...

Rebecca, Thanks for such an inspiring post. Among the many things I grieved with the passing of my father was the absence from earth of one person who prayed for me every night.
What a tremendous impact the faith and prayers of Susanna Wesley had for Christians.

My Pink & Cream Cottage said...

What a peaceful post Rebecca I can just see you sitting there in the quiet of your home reading. What a lovely thought.

Have a great weekend

Lyn xxxx

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