I belong to an amazing women's Bible study that meets weekly. I have never been a part of something that is designed strictly for women and I can't believe what I've been missing. The simple privilege of spending 2 hours a week with women in all walks of life, yet who are all going through the same motions of balancing being a woman, a wife, a mom, and a friend pours so much life into my heart that I never knew I needed.
Last week, our challenge as moms was to find and memorize one verse that we can pray over our child/ children on a daily basis. Every child is different so we would be exposed to many new verses as each woman at our table shared the one that the Lord placed on her heart. I'll be brutally honest; at first I thought this was a crazy idea. I don't have time to just sit and pray nonetheless spend who knows how long picking out ONE verse from the Bible! But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that if I don't pray for my baby.... then who will? I should consider it an honor to pray for her! So, I ate my humble pie and set out to find a verse.
My 'life verse' has always been Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future."
I searched and searched for a verse that I could pray over Hannah and I finally decided to share my life verse with her. I pray for Hannah's future daily; that she would come to know the love of the Lord at an early age, that she would find peace and comfort in His Word on a daily basis, that she will always understand that the Lord has promised her so much and no matter how tough life circumstances get, He has her best interest at heart. These are things I struggle to remind myself of every day and I have started asking the Lord to deeply root trust in Him in Hannah's heart now so as she gets older, she will always know the peace that comes in trusting God's plan for her life.
You don't have to have a child in order to choose a verse to pray over them. All you need is a desire for children; God already knows who they are and He can begin a work in the plan for their lives as He continues to mold and shape their existence in yours. Choose one. Pray for your child/ children daily. Do not, for even a second, doubt the power that a Mom's prayer can have over her child's future... it's an honor and a privilege that God has entrusted us as temporary guardians of His precious children.
I was amazed this morning by the verses other moms deemed as their child's verse. If you don't have one for your child already, here are some of the one's that stood out to me!
1 Timothy 4:12
" Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity."
"Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life."
"For surely, Oh Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your shield."
So... Did you pick a verse? I'd love to know!