If your children are school aged are they heading back to school
yet? My son starts his junior year of high school on Tuesday, August
19th and my daughter starts her junior year of college on Wednesday,
August 20th. The summer as usual has flown by. Welcome to new CWMs
that have joined us. Check out links on the side for various places
you can join the conversation. Even if your children are not school
age yet are there any new routines or schedules you want to start?
I have found getting things organized the night before makes morning
routines less hectic. Of course, there is always the shoe that seemed
to disappear overnight.
Article – Six Words that can transform Your Relationships
During a day how often are you asked something to this effect,
“How are you doing?” You respond, fine without even
thinking. Even though you are having a really difficult day you
don’t want to share your pain with others or you are not sure
if they are even interested.
Can I encourage you to start using a different question? How can
I pray for you? These six words have the power to stop people in
their tracks and make them really think about their life situation.
The question shows you truly care for the other person. When you
ask the question you have to be willing to follow through and really
pray for the person.
In our busy society with texting, Facebook, email, and other social
media we often have lost the art of real communication. We have
more knowledge about people, but we really don’t know them.
Studies are showing people are lonelier now even though they may
have tons of friends on Facebook. People want to be heard, supported,
and cared about. People want a Christian that truly reaches out
to them and their deepest needs.
Let me share some down sides to asking people how you can pray
for them. One, Jesus may actually direct you to meet their need.
Two, you may feel uncomfortable about asking or praying for someone.
Three, Satan hates it when Christians pray. Recently, I started
asking this question and it seemed within the day Satan started
attacking relationships in my family and others as well. I truly
experienced spiritual warfare. Yet, we are commanded to carry one
another’s burdens in Galatians 6:2 and in Galatians 6:9 we
are told to not grow weary in doing good. So, in God’s strength
alone I will continue praying. Greater is He who is in me than he
who is in the world. We serve a mighty God who seeks to be glorified
Often, it is hard to start spiritual conversations with people.
I have found when you ask people how you can pray for them they
immediately soften. They may not believe in God, but few people
will refuse being prayed for in their situation.
If you want to take this challenge of asking how you can pray for
people I would suggest you start with your immediate family first
and then broaden your scope. Write the prayer requests on an index
card with a verse that applies to that situation. Pray the verse
for the person and their prayer request. I have my cards on a notebook
ring and carry them around in my purse. If I have to wait somewhere
it is an excellent opportunity to pray. Use a method that will work
best for you.
As CWMs can we be known by others for being prayer warriors? I
want to be a soldier in God’s army and lift up others to Him
for His will to be done.
If your children are not school age I would encourage you to ask
their caregivers how you can pray for them. If your children are
school age ask their teachers. I intend to email my son’s
teachers and ask them how I can pray for them. Teachers often only
hear criticisms from parents, how nice would it be to hear, “How
can I pray for you?” instead.