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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Blessings

I started this blog to use as a journal, to get to meet new friends, and to get thoughts out of my head. I havent found much time to post lately, or maybe it is just getting old. I have found a few new people that I visit their sites daily and love them. But I am not inspiring or funny enough to keep interests of several people. I have several things to type about but just havent found the time to type and dont know if anyone is reading, including my husband! Today I will post that I have been given a Blessing in my life: of course my girls, my husband, my family, my home--definitely things not to forget about! But today I have been overwhelmed thinking about this Blessing.

We have been struggling with teaching my four year old how to Pray! She hates to Pray! I dont know why, we go to Church, she Prays before lunch with the class at school--but she doesnt like to Pray here. She will "allow" dad to Pray but she wont bow her head and she acts silly the whole time! This has been so frustrating because I want her to WANT to pray! So I was dropping some things off at
Ashley Adam's dad's office about 2 weeks or so ago and I simply asked him for advice: he said just make her say something short every night-no matter what something like "Thank you God, In Jesus Name Amen" So I came home that day and tried that. Then after she would say that I would say a Prayer telling God thank you for all of the blessings we have, and of course Praying for Ashley and Ethan ! Then a few days later I would tell her to add Thank you for _________ anything she wanted to add. Now, she asks to say Prayers and her latest went like this:
"Dear God, Please protect me in my bed at night, Thank you for baby Ashley and baby Ethan, Thank you for my wonduful family. In Jesus Name Amen."
After the Prayer she rolled over and said to me "Mommy go in der (there) with daddy, I am asleep now". I, of course, cried ! She did eventually come back and get me-but at least she tried. Now she says beautiful short Prayers every night all by herself! I am so very Proud and I say a huge thanks to Dave for that little bit of advice! Off to do homework now!

2 comments:

Erna said...

I think that is so sweet! I'm glad she's expressing her heart through prayer. Rachel loved to pray but recently she's not wanting to pray very much. Maybe I'll encourage her to finish a short phrase at the end of the night to encourage her.

Mayhem & Miracles said...

Yay, Christa! Remember how you said you couldn't wait to start seeing your girls respond to spiritual lessons? I think God must've heard that. That is a blessing! Even at 10,7, and 5, every once and while, my kiddos will start getting in the bad habit of "canned prayers", where they are just repeating the same thing over and over for a while. When it gets that way, we just don't pray, but play little games instead. Like "let's list three things each that God did for us today." Or "let's take turns and say what we admire in each other that we can use as an example for ourselves." That at least helps them to learn edification. Sorry. I always seem to go on and on. I'm glad to see a post from you. I though maybe you've gotten lost under a pile of school work!