It’s hard to believe that the first week of school has come and gone and that fall is almost upon us! Thanksgiving and the blessed season of Christmas will be here before we know it! I often find that the weeks between the start of school and the New Year each move faster than the next. I try my best to find dedicated time to pray for my children, my spouse, my family and friends, and time to thank God for my many blessings. But sometimes I forget to pray for the most critical ministry in my life – being a parent. And boy, could I use prayers in this department, especially during such busy months! May the prayer below bring us each closer to God, who has blessed us with the greatest gift(s) in our lives, and may it assist us in speaking to the Lord, as we desire to be loving mothers and fathers.
Fall blessings to you and yours!
Devotions Chair, Weekday School Adivisory Board
O Heavenly Father, make me a better parent.
Teach me to understand my children, to listen patiently to what they have to say, and to answer all their questions kindly.
Keep me from interrupting them or contradicting them.
Make me as courteous to them as I could have them be to me.
Forbid that I should ever laugh at their mistakes or resort to shame or ridicule when they displease me.
May I never punish them for my own selfish satisfaction or to show my power. Let me not tempt my children to lie or steal.
And guide me hour by hour, that I may demonstrate by all I say and all I do that honesty produces happiness.
Reduce, I pray, the meanness in me and when I am out of sorts, help me, O Lord, to hold my tongue.
May I ever be mindful that my children are children and I should not expect from them the judgment of adults.
Let me not rob them of the opportunity to wait on themselves and to make decisions.
Bless me with the bigness to grant them all their reasonable requests and the courage to deny them the privileges I know will do them harm.
Make me fair and just and kind.
And fit me, O Lord, to be loved and respected and imitated by my children. AMEN.