I have a 9-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter with very different needs, but the need for my love and God’s love is all the same.
As we celebrate Easter, no matter how old your kids are, give them every opportunity to know and hear God’s Word. To know that He loves them, died for them, and longs to be close to them. That they can have eternal life if they believe and accept God into their hearts as their Lord and Savior.
When we pray for our children and provide opportunities and a safe space for them to soak in God’s Word, it will stay with them, always. The Word, hidden in the pockets of their heart, will be readily available for God to reveal to them when they need it most.
The Word, hidden in the pockets of their heart, will be readily available for God to reveal to them when they need it most.
At bedtime, my son loves to fall asleep to Bible stories. His favorite story is about Noah’s Ark. He asks so many questions. Most I can’t answer, but I love his curiosity. When he first learned about Jesus dying on the cross, he was sad, but he was also very compassionate. His prayers today are short and sweet, but he always says something to the effect of, “thank you for dying on the cross for us, thank you for all you do for us…”
I remind my teenage daughter almost every day that she is fearfully and wonderfully made. I want so much for her to find her worth in her savior Jesus Christ and not in anything in this world. I recently gifted her a necklace that says, “wonderfully made,” and she knew exactly what that meant; Psalm 139:13-14. “Mommy, you say this to me all the time,” she stated as I shed a little tear.
I want so much for her to find her worth in her savior Jesus Christ and not in anything in this world.
A friend of mine is sharing the love of Jesus with her 3-year-old granddaughter using an Evangecube for Kids, a fun tool that is helping this toddler learn the gospel in a unique and engaging way.
No matter what tools you use to teach your children about the gift of God’s love, remember the number one tool is His Word.
As moms, we need to study the Word of God, too, and remember His promises.
I’m entering a season that I’m not sure I’m ready for. A season that seems all too familiar, as my kids prepare for the final stretch of the school year. In two months they’ll be on summer vacation, but for now, they’re knee-deep in schoolwork and extracurricular activities, and so am I!
Truth be told, I’m exhausted. Can you relate? One minute everything is going alright. The next, I find myself getting upset at my kids. Cue the mom guilt for showing them my less-than-best self. I hang my head in shame, trying to pick myself back up again, but instead digging myself into a rabbit hole with feelings of unworthiness.
Then I remember what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 10:5, “We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” I pray, “Lord, take my negative thoughts and replace them with your promises.” Later in the day I ask, “May I not rely on myself, but on You. Lord. Will You pick up the pieces? I can’t do this on my own.”
I pray, “Lord, take my negative thoughts and replace them with your promises.”
Finally, I stop, ask for forgiveness, and accept the outpouring of God’s grace. With tears running down my face, I feel lighter already. He whispers in my ear, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness” from 2 Corinthians 12:9.
I am learning that when I saturate myself in God’s Word, He will reveal His promises to me at just the right time because He goes before me and before you, too. He knows what we need before we ask for it. He gives us signs of goodness when we are at our lowest.
God also gives us grace, perfect love, and redemption. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
He gave His life for you, me, and for our children. Imperfections and all.
As a mom, not only do I get to accept God’s grace, I am encouraged to practice it with my children. I am not perfect, and that’s okay because God’s love is.
Lay down your burdens and know that your redeemer lives and His grace is sufficient.
My Redeemer Lives *
I know He rescued my soul
His blood has covered my sin
I believe, I believe
My shame, He’s taken away
My pain is healed in His name
I believe, I believe
I’ll raise a banner
‘Cause my Lord has conquered the grave
My Redeemer lives
*lyrics by Hillsong Worship
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Angela Quisumbing is a homeschooling mom of two sweet, energetic kiddos. She was invited to her first Moms in Prayer group in 2019 when her now teen daughter was in third grade and her son was longing to join her in the classroom. “Learning the 4 Steps of Prayer has changed my life and added depth to my personal prayer time. Hearing another mom pray over my children has been such a gift.” With a background in events and a passion to celebrate moms, God called Angela to serve as Events Manager at Moms in Prayer headquarters. Since then, she has enjoyed connecting with many powerful praying women. When she’s not planning events, Angela is out embarrassing her kids, dating her husband, or under a warm blanket reading a book.