I am a Christian writer and speaker. I have authored or co-authored several books and my work has also appeared in numerous publications; magazines, anthologies,and devotionals including, Focus on the Family, The Upper Room, The Secret Place, David C Cook Company, Lifeway, Celebrate Life, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and many others. Visit my website at http://harrietemichael.com
This devotion was first published in The Secret Place (Judson Press) Fall 2012. A reprint of it was then published in Word Aglow (Pentecostal Publishing House) Spring 2014.
Far be it from
Read: 1 Samuel 12: 21-24
“Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin
against God by ceasing to pray for you…” 1 Samuel 12: 23
I was a child, my parents started each morning with prayer. Before my father
went off to work, we all sat around the breakfast table enjoying a meal as a
family. Then, when our plates were empty, one of my parents would read a verse
from the Bible and offer a short prayer seeking God’s blessings on each member
of the family before we all went our separate ways for the day. Those were the
good ole days. Today, everyone is in a hurry to do everything.
confess I am as guilty of living a hurried life as the next person. But I have
often thought about the fact that each member of my parent’s immediate family
used to be lifted up to God, by name, every day. I try to do this too now,
though typically, my prayers for my family are at bedtime.
commented about this to a friend in my prayer group. Some weeks later she told
me, “You know what you said about praying for every member of your family every
day? Well, I’ve thought about that and now I do it too. I have just made it
part of my morning routine – just like combing my hair or brushing my teeth. So
every morning, I comb my hair, I brush my teeth, and I pray for my family by
we are, lets again become a nation of families who pray!
Prayer: Thank you
Father for giving us families. Today we lift them up to you and ask your
blessings upon them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Thought for the Day: Comb
your hair, brush your teeth, and pray for your family.
“Mothers who are hurting do not
feel envious, spiteful, or resentful of other mothers who are hurting.” -Carol Kent, from her book “Laying My Isaac Down”
“The joy of being a mother is so
closely linked to the sorrow of being a mother that it is holy ground.” -Stasi Eldredge,
from her book “Captivating”
"Motherhood is a joyous time in
life when you get to explore all sorts of things and have fun teaching your
children what you have just learned.” -Debbie
“My son said he was embarrassed to
call and let me know he had stayed after school to lift weights because
there were other athletes in the weight room, as well as the coach. I told
my son, ‘I have earth shattering news for you–all those guy and even the
coach have a mother!” -Susan Siami
“A hundred years from now it will
not matter how much money I had, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of
car I drove but the world may be different because I was important in the life
of a child.”