Originally Published By Kelly Horsley on June 5th, 2010 - “Absolutely, Katy Community Magazine”
Some things have come up in my own life as of late that have led me to discuss some deeper parenting issues. My latest blog, I Want Patience…And I Want It Now! was kind of written for me because I sometimes struggle with patience with my children. I feel that writing from the heart is the best approach for me.
There are so many different components that go into parenting and I wanted to build on the previous blog on patience and follow it up with one on prayer. Now, I know you might be thinking, ‘I thought this blogger was supposed to write about parenting issues, not spiritual ones.’ I am the parenting blogger, but those two issues often crossover one another. As parents we are to be good listeners, disciplinarians, friends, nurses, therapists and spiritual advisors. We should also exhibit patience and set good behavior examples for our children to be the best people that they can be. Those are high expectations. We definitely can’t accomplish all of that on our own. No, God must be added to the equation. How, you ask? Many different ways, but definitely through prayer. The power of a praying parent is just awesome.
As I’ve mentioned before, I am a home schooling mom and part of our cirriculum is to teach a bible lesson. We pray together, too. I can’t tell you what a blessing it is to listen to my six-year-old son and my four-year-old son talking to God out loud, asking for help with things they struggle with and praising and thanking Him for blessings. These times are priceless. The bible tells us in Proverbs 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. I like to think of praying with my kids as training them up in the way they should go.
I would just like to encourage you as parents to take a few minutes out of your day and pray with your kids. Even if your stressed, worn down and tired, do it anyway! Trust me, it will bless your socks off!
Kelly Horsley is active in local mommy groups, charities, schools and politics. Her specialty is locating and sharing amazing parenting resources and advice. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.