Faith, Parenting, Prayer, Relationships

S.O.S Summertime Prayer for Moms (prayer1)

quiet sanctuary
In this quiet space, I find strength to survive.

Surviving this summer has involved asking for help.  Help from the One who can help me the most. I find myself sending up little “Help Me, Lord” prayers throughout the day:

Oh goodness Lord, give me wisdom to help navigate through these pre-teen hormones.

Grrrr. Help me, Lord, to have perspective and self-control as I deal with these fighting brothers!

I don’t know how to do this anymore. I need Your patience and wisdom to love and teach my 3-year-old to go to the potty!!!

Little, sometimes distressed, utterings to my heavenly Father for help as I survive this summer! How about you? What are you doing to survive the summer?


Honestly, I have felt stuck for a bit in our progression through Philippians. Due to traveling, visiting family, having all the kids all the time, and everything else that doesn’t take a break for the summer, it’s been challenging to keep going through Paul’s book.

But as I was putting away the beach towels this morning, an idea like a light bulb illuminated this thought:

lets PRAY our way through it!

Let’s take the vibrant, encouraging truths in Philippians and transpose them into prayers to God.  Little truth-grounded, power-filled utterings to center and carry us on through each day.  I’m going to try to post 2-3 times a week. Gonna try (smiley face)…

Let’s stand together resolved to survive this summer IN God’s truths! His power to us!

Prayer #1: Philippians 1:20-21

Dear Father,

I have a lot of expectations and hopes for this day. I hope all of our attitudes will be sweet. I expect some laughter… and some fights.  But, may my hopes be rooted in who You are.

You are my strength.

You love me with grace.

You provide for my every need.

You are involved every piece of my days.

You have an amazing plan for my kids.

Help me keep my eyes focused on You so that I won’t stick a slithering voice of shame in my pocket which whispers to me: “You should have done better today. You should have handled this differently or that. You are not as good or as fun a mom as you think you are.”

Lord, give me courage to set my purpose for this day to exalt You in what I say to my kids, my husband, my friends. May You be lifted up like a huge billboard to my kids through how I interact and respond to them today.

I cling to this truth: for me to truly live is found in You. Wow. Thank you. I love you.

**Philippians 1:20-21

Click here for printable prayer card for Prayer #1: Philippians 1:20-21.

Have a great weekend. See you back here on MONDAY.

March on, fellow mom survivor!