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Having the Heart of a Praying Mom

Jeremiah 24:7

I will also give them a heart to know Me, for I am the LORD; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me wholeheartedly.

Being a mom with a new heart of God miraculously leads me to understand Father God’s heart for me.

Recently, my daughter secretly assisted my husband to pack a small tote bag for me to stay overnight with my husband in Stillwater as his creative surprise for celebrating our 25th anniversary. I had no clue until opening the door of the beautiful Inn. What surprised me more was the things my daughter packed for me: my Bible, laptop computer, my DSLR (a camera), the lotions for day and night, clothes for change and other things for personal care. I feel so honored that she observes me closely and knows my routines and interests.

While I gave thanks to God for her, I seemed to sense Father God saying to me: I am well pleased with you when you come to observe Me and know Me, just like you are pleased with your children who are watching you daily. I was in tears, overwhelmed by God’s love.

Then I think about all the praying sisters in Moms in Prayer groups, who come to praise God’s attributes week by week and learn more and more about who He is and thank wholeheartedly about what He has done. As a result, not only our faith is strengthened, but our relationship with Father God is also deepened, even though we together think we are just praying for our children. What a privilege to be Father God’s daughters; and what a blessing to be praying moms.

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My prayer for all the parents with children:

Praise God as our LORD, who creates a new heart and gives a new spirit in us so that we can come to know Him and love Him as He has loved us first.

May we thank God for our children as His precious gifts for teaching us His love, not for burdening us to worry about their needs, because Father God is their Creator and their LORD.

May we depend on God to be a godly example by carefully listening to God’s word, lovingly following Jesus Christ’s perfect example of obedience to Father God, and joyfully responding to His calling for doing His good works.

May our children be blessed through our humility to let the Holy Spirit within us speak with our lips to affirm them and intercede for them, and work with our hands to hug them and rear them.

May God’s richness of His glory be abundantly dwell in us and in our next generations until eternity. In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.

About Manling Chen

Manling was born and grew up in Taiwan. She came with her husband and 2-year-old son to New York, NY, at age 30 to fulfill her dream of studying in the graduate school. She received a black belt in Taekwendo at age 40 and has been applying the Bible truth and discipline learned in the martial art to fight in her faith as a spiritual warrior. She works with God to write and is currently a freelance reporter for a national Chinese newspaper and writer based in Minnesota. Much of her writing is in the areas of spiritual learning, Bible study, parenting, education, Sunday school, opinions, interviews, and people's stories, etc.

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