Through the admonition of the teachers in our church and other speakers my husband has listened to, he began the tradition of a family worship time each evening before bed time. I always thought it was a great idea, but sometimes have had mixed feelings about some of the whining and negative attitudes from the children that we have had to handle during this time. I don’t ever want the reading of God’s Word to be a forced drudgery. I have known too many people that grew up this way and just hated it.
Prayer request time has been very insightful. It is just amazing to hear what is on the childrens’ little minds and hearts. Grace, my five-year-old, who was with me at the sonogram last November when we were told our baby had no heart beat–her constant prayer request has been for the safety of our baby. (This baby is due December 3rd.) Joy, age 7, said she would like us to pray that she would be a good mama and read the Bible to and pray with her children just like we do. The next day she asked us to pray that she would learn to grow up and be good so that she will be able to teach her children. It was so neat to receive this little bit of encouragement that even now they are valuing this time more than we had thought they were.
WOW!!! How insightful especially for a child. It’s wonderful to see God working in her heart.
Isn’t it nice? I always say that kids are much more insightful about these things than grown-ups realize. When we give them the opportunity, they’ll gladly share it with us.
I think anything can be rewarding and special as long as it is presented right! It does not have to be forced drudgery! 🙂 Your children have such sweet hearts and desires.
shari lynne says
Great leading Daddy!! Kids live what they learn don’t they:) So glad you had a great Sunday!
What a wonderful thing your husband decided to do! Kids sure have the most amazing and insightful things to say/pray about sometimes.
Sounds like it’s going well! And it proves you’re a wise, godly wife and mom if your children are arising up and calling you blessed!
Elizabeth Grimes says
Prayer request time is an amazing idea. Your due date is coming quick! I’ll be thinking of you this last month. Hang in there. 🙂
We do prayer time as part of school…in fact I wrote a post that I haven’t put up about it yet. Their prayers are alternating sweet, insightful, and hilarious. My son recently prayed that he could have a zebra for a pet. Hmmm…sometimes God says no…
Susan Evans says
I love what my kids think to pray for, too. Very sweet.
SO sweet!! It is precious getting to hear those sweet tidbits from our kids hearts!! Our evening family worship time is so special – and something we have been slacking in lately! Thanks for the reminder that we really need to get back to it!!
PS. Visiting you from HHH!!
I love that you have Family Worship with your kids! It is such a good time together, and I love the insights you are getting from your daughters’ prayer requests. Very neat! 🙂
What a beautiful tradition to have with your family! Our kids don’t always behave during our evening prayer time, and I feel the same way, like I don’t want it to be boring or forced. I love what your little one said and did! What a blessing!
Coming over to visit from the HHH. Nice to “meet” you! 🙂
Family worship time is such a blessing at our house! We started it over a year ago and we try to do it several times a week. In the beginning it was sooooo difficult and there was much whining, fighting, and fussing. Now, the kids ASK to do Praise and Worship and love choosing the songs, hearing the Bible stories, and they all ask to be the one to pray. It’s such a wonderful experience to be able to share that together. And the results have been so worth the difficult beginnings!!
Maria @ A Blooming Spirit says
I do not have children but have three nieces and a nephew, and it always amazes me how insightful they are. Sometimes, their observations make me think… they are so black and white about things: they are either good or bad. I love your children prayer requests. They are so thoughtful. As I read many blogs from christian moms, I have found so many moms to look up to when it comes to raising a Christian child. Thanks for being one of them!