23 years of being a wife and 20 years of being a mother have taught me this: Constant surrendered prayer for my marriage and for my kids is not just the best option; it is the only option.
I have spent so much time and energy worrying over these people. Physical worry (can I keep them alive?) and spiritual worry (will they choose Jesus forever?). This has resulted in nothing but anxiety and fear, pain and discouragement. That’s why God tells us not to worry, which baffles us all as we say, “Lord! I’m trying! I don’t want to worry, but still, I worry.” And then we worry about worrying. Good times.
Hope for Peace
When my anxiety reached its peak a few years ago, when I was so overcome with worry, regret, and fear over helping my kids through their teen years and launching them out of the nest, when I was so distracted by the lies of the enemy that I couldn’t hear truth, when I turned all my angst onto my husband and started blaming him for all that wasn’t perfect – I found I had no choice but to seek help.
Help from others. And most importantly, help from the Father. Thus began a journey that can be described as both painful (because broken hearts hurt) and beautiful (because God heals broken hearts).
Never before had I truly surrendered myself to God. I’d been spending too much time striving to be right and do right and act right – you know, as if my right-ness would save me and produce a family who would choose right too. When I continued to fail at being right, the worry took over and completely crippled me.
God beautifully broke my heart to teach me that His peace and salvation don’t come from a person’s right-ness. Peace, hope, and salvation come from His righteousness. This righteousness can be ours, because of Jesus, praise God!
I love God so much. He is gentle, faithful, and if we can even begin to understand and accept His perfect and glorious love for us, peace, hope, and JOY will bubble right on out of our beautifully mended hearts!
When I fall back on my own flesh, the anxiety comes back. When I trust the Spirit’s work and surrender my walk with Him, I am instead filled with the joy, peace, and love our Father promises.
Will you join me in this place of peace and joy? It begins and ends in surrendered prayer.
A Surrendered Heart is written for wives as they pray God’s will in their marriage and truly give their husbands over to Him. The Prayer Mugs is written for mothers as they learn to fully trust God with their kids. I am so incredibly grateful for what God has been teaching me about surrendering my husband, marriage, kids, and life to Him daily. I know this journey of learning and growing won’t end until my time on earth is over. So while I’m here, I must daily give my heart to the God who promises goodness and hope.
Let’s surrender together. Let’s embrace the hope God gives. He doesn’t just promise it, He truly gives it! Peace is a gift that is absolutely ours, every single moment, every single day. Our only job is to accept the gift. To fill our hearts with Truth from His Word. To pray in confidence, knowing that God faithfully gives His good gifts to His children without holding anything back!
Prayer for your Marriage, Prayer for your Kids
A Surrendered Heart Mini-eCourse and The Prayer Mugs Prayer Journal are resources I’d love for you to have as you spend time in the Word, as you spend time in prayer, and as you grow with me in our journey in learning to trust and accept God’s gifts of peace and joy.
When purchased separately, these downloadable and printable scripture studies and prayer journals cost a total of $30. For the next five days, we are packaging them together and offering them for a total of only $20!
Get your New Year off to a prayer-filled start. Surrender your spouse and marriage to the Father. Let go of fear and anxiety over your children’s welfare and your parenting struggles. Truly give your marriage and children over to the perfect care of our Heavenly Father! Join me in this place of peace in Jesus.
This discount will be offered through Wednesday, January 17. Grab them now, download and print them, open your Bible, find your favorite pen, and get down on your knees. There is so much joy and peace here. Join me.