It’s Thanksgiving today and though we do not celebrate it here in Singapore, I’ll like to share this annointed prayer which resonates so deeply with my restless heart. As I reflect on my role as a mother and wife, I’ve fallen short in so many ways…I’m horrified at my own inadequacies; my intolerance and my quick temper. This Thanksgiving, I come before God with a humble heart, asking Him to forgive me, to empower me to be a better Mom to the beautiful daughter He has blessed me and a better wife to the wonderful Man whom I have vowed to love through life’s ups and downs.
A Mother’s Thankgiving Prayer (From Melissa of Moms of Daughters):
I set the overflowing laundry basket down and smiled. You were wise to make children look so angelic when they sleep. Even on the most trying of days you right my mommy emotions when I look in and see those sweet, still, precious faces.
Sometimes I am guilty of wishing my kids to be robots. I want them to wake when I am ready. I wish for them to run on my time and listen the first time every time. When eight PM hits I want them to fall asleep instantly. Power off.
But these are children. They are ambitious, eager little people excited about ME because you created them that way. And I am head over heels in love with them. We prayed for years. You answered in your time.
And sometimes I take that gift for granted.
I want to correct my attitude, Lord.
When the pitter patter of little feet wake me with the morning sun, may I welcome their enthusiasm for the new day opens the door for new memories to be made.
Once we start playing house, may I cherish the imaginative play because the words that come from her mouth reflect life as she sees it and situations that she dreams for.
And, when we’ve transitioned to duck/duck/goose for the 100th time, may I give You praise as I jog myself to the point of dizziness because it means I have healthy children able to run.
God, as soon as the clock says it’s time to get out the door for school, church, and activities and they are still working to zip up the coats, pull on the mittens, and adjust their hats help me resist the “hurry up” and instead take mental snapshots of the little fingers working their way to independence.
When they are helping me to prepare the food, do laundry, set the table, and clean may I let go of speed to nurture the homemaker skills You placed within her.
During those chats that the children ask “why?” for the millionth time, Lord, may I take joy in the fact that my children want to learn. And, when the questions grow deeper may I give them the time they need to fully understand all they are seeking to grasp.
Even when conversations grow challenging, when ethical and moral discussions spring forth, or (Lord help me) when defiance ensues, may I remember that I’m fortunate they are talking to me. It provides opportunity to speak Your truth in love and influence them so that they’ll stand for you.
And, at the end of the day, when they fight going to sleep and giggle themselves into oblivion, may I soak it all in because it means they are happy.
Lord, it is the desire of my heart to stay in the moment. I don’t want the stuff of life to blind my perspective because I can’t get today’s minutes back.
In the midst of all the joys and challenges I experience in each phase of parenting may I lean in deeper on You. I know that in doing so I will prioritize, act, and speak as you want me to so that I will win their hearts and reflect Your face to these incredible children. Thank you for choosing me to be their mommy.
Dear Lord, I’m making this my prayer mine today. Change my heart, my mind and my spirit. Help me bring Dana up in the ways that delight you and help her see Christ in her Mommy. Make us the best Mommy-Daughter friends. Change me to become the prayerful companion for my husband whom he can truly called ‘blessed’. May my words, my thoughts and my actions delight and glorify You. Thank you for loving my family. You are the reason for all our thanksgiving and we can never thank you enough.