Tennessee State Coordinator, Patti Walker
I first prayed in a Moms in Prayer group when my oldest child was in kindergarten and loved it. However, at the close of that school year, coinciding with the birth of our fourth child, I felt overwhelmed and believed I was too busy to meet with other moms to pray. Fast forward, after homeschooling for nine years, my husband and I decided to send our children to a private Christian school. I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered there was a Moms in Prayer group at the school and began attending immediately.
As the children were adjusting to traditional school life, I found myself worrying about the ungodly influences they were facing and my lack of control over how they might respond. Moms in Prayer meetings became a lifeline for me. Although I joined to ask for courage, strength and change for my children, the transformation first began in me. The Moms in Prayer method of prayer taught me that I could choose to praise God in spite of how I was feeling. It also taught me to look for all I had to be thankful for and for what He had already accomplished in our lives. Each week I learned more about who God is and my faith was growing.
I’ve been praying in a Moms in Prayer group now for nine years and I have seen God’s faithfulness to pursue my children and point them to Himself. Even though there have been many trials along the way, I’ve seen many answered prayers for my children and the children of other moms in my group. And because the moms in my group and I bear our hearts before one another weekly crying out for our children, we have a closeness that is priceless to me. I now love teaching moms how to pray and encouraging them to keep their eyes on Jesus, “rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer.” (Romans 12:12)
I live in Chattanooga and have been married to Chris since 1994. We have two young adult daughters and two teenage sons. I enjoy reading, hiking and playing games. One of the most powerful scripture passages that God has used in my life is, “Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19