Arlene is a speaker and author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife, 31 Days to a Happy Husband and 31 Days to a Younger You. She testifies that “a happy” (not perfect) life is attainable even in today’s broken world. Arlene and her husband James have three young kids and says, “We face many challenges you may be familiar with. My goal is not only to inspire. I give practical steps so you know exactly what to do next.”
Arlene has been a guest on the Today Show, Focus on the Family, Fox & Friends, Family Life Today, The Better Show, The Hour of Power, Home Made Simple on TLC and numerous radio programs. She earned her BA from Biola University and a MA from Regent University. Before becoming a speaker and author, she served as a features reporter for The 700 Club and associate director for Turning Point Television with David Jeremiah.
I joined a Moms in Prayer group when my oldest child Ethan was in first grade. He goes to public school and I wanted to cover his little life in prayer. At one meeting, I asked the moms to pray that Ethan would find a Christian friend at school. The very next day, Ethan excitedly told me, “Guess what? I found a Christian in my school.” A boy was singing a song from church and Ethan asked if he was a Christian. He said yes. He was not only in Ethan’s class; he sat right next to him. God answers prayer!
Now that Ethan is in sixth grade, I have seen many answers to our prayers. Backed by the prayers of my Moms in Prayer group, my family received permission to hold an after-school Bible club once a week on Fridays. We have around 70 kids who come each week, many of whom are my children’s friends. It has been an amazing opportunity to love kids and tell them about Jesus and the Bible.
I’m praying for Ethan and his sisters now (grades 1 & 4). I have such peace knowing that God’s got them covered, whether it’s about an English test or an awkward friend situation. When I ask one of my kids, “How would you like us to pray for you this week?” it builds a bridge to their hearts. My kids know I care enough to pray— and not just me, a whole group of ladies! They’re learning that God is able to do far and above what we ask or think.
My first Moms in Prayer group was truly like a school of prayer. I was praying with seasoned prayer warriors who knew how to pray. I could listen…and learn! Don’t be intimated by the prayers of other moms. Instead lean in and enjoy the different ways we can communicate with God. My first group was a church-based group led by an amazing mother of college-aged students. It was hard to make the shift (because I loved that group so much), but this year I am leading a group in my home so that moms from our nearby elementary school can meet together and pray. We have four moms who come regularly and it has been awesome!
I am so grateful for Moms in Prayer! Like you, I have a full schedule, but I can’t think of a better way to spend an hour a week. Your prayers for your kids will make a huge positive difference in your home and school!