I don’t think it’s a coincidence that when we decided to share our favorite resources for moms with you this month, I immediately thought of my prayer journal. The timing of this post coincides perfectly with the tremendous success of the movie “War Room” (featuring the sweet daughter of our own Wynter Pitts!) and the IF:Pray event last night.
Moms, if ever there was a time to get on our knees for our children that time is NOW.
I have felt a growing urgency to pray for my daughters over the past few years. The world we live in can feel like a scary place and sending our girls out into it can feel even scarier. Through prayer, I am learning to trust in the loving protection of a big God who has big plans for my girls.
This wasn’t always the case. Prayer wasn’t always a priority to me like it is today.
As a busy mom to littles, I thought I didn’t have time to pray. Unlike Martin Luther who said, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer,” I thought, instead, that I had so much to do I didn’t have time to pray.
Most of my prayers as a young mom sounded like, “Help me!”
As my kids got a little older, I had more time, but my (bad) habits had been formed.
I slowly started to pray, “Thank you.”
But once my girls hit high school and college I began to realize just how high the stakes really were. These were the very lives and souls of the girls God had given me to raise! How could I not be praying earnestly for them?
I started praying with more intention: “Help them.”
Over the 20-plus years that I’ve been a mom, I’ve seen God’s faithfulness as He has answered prayer after prayer for my girls, despite my weak attempts at making prayer a priority.
Last year, though, my prayer life changed dramatically, and, as a result, my walk with God has become so much deeper, sweeter, richer. The answers I’ve seen have been nothing short of miraculous. Yes, I’ve experienced disappointments, but I know that God knows and hears my cries for those as well.
What’s changed? Aside from God’s sweet grace in my life, I’ve been using this little tool that I want to share with you today.
Sometime last year, my oldest daughter told me about a prayer journal she had received—she was so excited about it that she gave one to me. (The bonus of having older daughters—they give you unexpected gifts!)
I started using the prayer journal and got really excited about it, so I gave one to almost everyone I knew at Christmas last year.
And then one of my friends gave a bunch to her friends.
And so on . . . and so on . . . and so on . . .
This prayer journal by Val Marie Paper is just one of those gifts that may just change your life too. It features categories like “The World,” “Our Nation,” “My Loves,” “My Family,” and “My Friends,” and gives you space to write specific requests. There’s a place to record your hurts and your thanks as well.
“Answered Prayers” is the section I love most because it has been so encouraging to look back each month and see how God has answered specific prayers that I’ve prayed. It’s a constant reminder to me that He is there, He does listen, and He will answer.
Val Marie Papers also offers a prayer journal for kids. What better way to instill the habit of prayer at an early age?
When we at Mothers of Daughters decided to highlight one of our favorite resources for parenting, I knew right away that I wanted to share Val Marie’s prayer journal with you. It has changed my prayer life–I can’t wait to pray every day now!–and I pray that it will change yours as well.
Sweet Valerie of Val Marie Papers has linked arms with Mothers of Daughters to offer a very special giveaway this week. We’re giving away TWO prayer journals to one lucky reader: a woman’s prayer journal for you and a kid’s prayer journal for your daughter. What could be better?!
Simply leave us a comment below—maybe tell us why you’d like to receive these prayer journals or an answer to prayer you’ve seen recently or maybe even a prayer that you have for your daughter—and you’ll be entered. (Please make sure we have your email address so we can contact you if you win.) We’ll announce a winner on Friday.
Photo credits: Kate Wildman