I LOOK BACK TO WHEN JAMES, my oldest, was born and remember thinking, How on earth am I supposed to do this? I’m actually very maternal, but when I held him in my arms the enormity of this responsibility forced everything I thought I knew to disappear. I read a quote once that still makes me laugh because it’s so true:
‘I was a great mom until I had kids.’
In those first months when James was awake so often in the night I would stand over his crib, place my hand on his bundles of swaddling blankets, and pray over every part of his body. Starting with his head, I prayed his mind would calm down and that he wouldn’t have bad dreams. I prayed that his stomach wouldn’t hurt or get hungry for a while, and that his little froggy legs would relax and stop kicking. It became a habit during those long nights, but forgotten when he joyfully started sleeping through the night at about 4 months.
A few years later, at the end of a Bible study, we were assigned to write a Rule for Life for ourselves, which consisted of a small element to add to our daily routine designed to bring us closer to the Lord. I recalled that full body prayer for James, and wrote one for myself to say each day. Whether in a designated quiet time, before bed or amongst the chaos of the “witching hour,” it has been beneficial to direct my entire self toward God. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the busyness of life, and we often forget the Lord wants to navigate our days with us. I told you how inspired I felt after interviewing Anne Neilson to really let the Lord to lead my days–not plan them alone and then ask the Lord to bless them.
In the October newsletter, I mentioned John 15:5 is my memory verse for the month, which is helping to remind me how much better my life will be when I include the Lord in all aspects.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.
-ciao for now-
*Here is the full body prayer I wrote: