November is the month of expressing thankfulness. Not to be too “Christian-y” here, but in my personal list of things I’m thankful for, the Bible is in my top three, for sure.
One of my natural tendencies is to care too much about what other people think. I’m also prone to finding too much identity in my achievements and accomplishments. While I’m dumping my ditches on you, the other one that gets me good, is that I often get stuck on the hamster wheel of perfectionism. I struggle to realize when I’m doing it again until a friend or my husband kindly brings it to my attention. UGH.
I’ve been walking with the Lord, by His grace, since I was in the 8th grade. That’s 24 years of reading and studying God’s Word regularly. And, what I’ve discovered throughout these years, is that His Word does NOT return void (Isaiah 55:11). God’s Word points me back to True north by helping me first, realize when I am in one of those above-mentioned ditches and second, replace the lies with Truth. It reminds me that I'm a work in progress, not a failure.
Along these lines, my ditches can quickly be placed on my kids if I’m not careful. If it were up to me, I’d only pray for my kids' comfort, protection and success. But, as I read God’s Word, God aligns my heart to pray for them in ways that are not natural to me but are in accordance with the Truths of the Bible.
Click here for a printable that will helps you be a Mom that prays Truth over your kids. May it aide us in raising the next generation of leaders to be passionate followers of Christ.
Alison Treadaway married Marshall in 2005 and have three amazing kids: Parker, Callie, and Tucker. They are a family that loves Mexican food, the Aggies and all things outdoors. She leads The Nest (a gathering to encourage and equip moms as they raise the next generation of Christ-followers), facilitates a small group through Watermark’s Women’s Bible Study, and writes regularly for Watermark’s Family Ministry Blog. She partners with her husband shepherding community groups, and occasionally teaches at women’s groups and mom gatherings outside of Watermark.
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