Families With Grace

Helping Christian moms create homes filled with grace, love & faith

Advocating for our children

Encouragement for Christian moms to speak up for their kids

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
    for the rights of all who are destitute.”

Proverbs 31:8 (NIV)

When my daughter (my oldest) was a newborn, I felt in my gut that something was wrong with her. She would cry and curl into herself like her stomach hurt.

As an exhausted and desperate new mom, I called the pediatrician to get in. Her usual doctor was out, so we saw a different doctor. I explained what was going on and how it seemed like her stomach hurt.

The pediatrician looked at my husband and me and told us that babies can’t talk so we don’t really know when or if they experience pain. We were flabbergasted. Of course, we know based on how they react!

It was preposterous to us and also beyond frustrating. Fortunately, my husband figured out that our daughter was having trouble sucking and we were able to learn how best to feed her. Her usual pediatrician returned and soon she was well fed and happy.

We spoke up for her when she couldn’t speak for herself. That’s our job as parents. Even once our children are old enough to use words and communicate all sorts of messages, we are still their biggest and best advocate.

Sure, they need to learn to speak up for themselves and have a chance to do so, but they are also learning and growing. It’s OK to be the squeaky wheel when you need to be in order to get your children help.

That day in the doctor’s office with our daughter was only the first of many, many times we’ve advocated for our children. One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is to let them know we are with them, on their side and fighting for them.

Prayer:

God, thank you for always being on my side and fighting for me, even when I don’t see it. Give me wisdom and strength for how to best advocate for my children who you’ve blessed me with. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Proverbs 31:8
A prayer to help us advocate for our children

God bears our burdens

Encouragement for Christian moms to live in the joy and strength of faith

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,
    who daily bears our burdens.”

Psalm 68:19 (NIV)

Some seasons of life are just hard. I’ve heard one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

I’ve had seasons where that felt too close to home for me. Life can be tedious. Motherhood can be tedious.

I start the mornings with the best of intentions. Yet, some days – especially in hard seasons – those intentions get away from me. I start dwelling on all the hard stuff.

Just when I’m ready to throw in the towel and give up, God pokes my heart with reminders of His presence. He fills me with His strength when I so desperately need it.

Because while I may lay my burdens at His feet when I pray in the mornings, I often start picking them back up as I go throughout the day. I guess I think that God needs my help carrying them – as if He isn’t strong enough.

When I think of it in those terms, I laugh at myself. I’m not a strong person. I’d never win a weight-lifting challenge. Who am I to think the God of the universe needs my help to carry anything?!

Today, I will rest in the reminder that He is strong enough to bear our burdens daily, and we can let them go. We don’t have to carry them around with us.

Prayer:

Dear God, help me to truly lay my burdens at your feet and leave them there. I praise you for your strength, faithfulness and love for me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Psalm 68:19
A prayer to trust God to bear our burdens

Sharing God’s goodness with our children

Encouragement for Christian moms to teach their kids about who God is

We will not hide them from their descendants;
    we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
    his power, and the wonders he has done.

Psalm 78:4 (NIV)

Throughout my decades as a Christian, I have been encouraged time and again by stories of God’s faithfulness in the lives of others. In fact, seeing God work in the lives of those around me helps me to keep my heart and eyes open to seeing more of Him at work in my own life.

Of all the things I want to teach my kids, I want most to teach them to rely fully on God. We started reading the Bible to them and praying with them when they were still babies.

Many of us come up with habits of faith to encourage our children and help them grow in their walk with God. But it can be easy to forget to share with them the things God has done in our lives – both in the past and the present.

One of the greatest testimonies we can share with our children is our experiences with God in real life. Not only does this demonstrate God in action in daily life, but it also helps them to be more open to seeing God at work in our lives.

Prayer:

God, give me the right words to say to my children to tell of your goodness and how you have worked in my own life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Psalm 78:4
A prayer for teaching our children about God's goodness