how to blanket your children in prayer

how to blanket your children in prayerMax’s blanket started out as something to hang on the wall. But because he was born in November, I quickly realized that it was needed as warmth more than decoration.

I didn’t know how attached he was to it until I pulled it from the crib one day and laid him down on it. He started rolling around on it grabbing its ruffled corners, lulling himself into blanket bliss.

Paul’s blanket was similar. I had learned my lesson with how to help babies attached to a security object. Even though I was his main security object, he loved his blanket just as much.

Grace’s blanket was lavender, with plenty of satin. Luke’s, blue, white and black paisley with, yes, plenty of satin.

Blankets of prayer have covered my children since they were born. While I was sewing each of them, I didn’t know who they were, whether they were going to be a boy or a girl.

But I just prayed for them….

For their safety. Protect them Lord from everything. Keep them safe.

Psalm 4:8  “In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety.”

For their health. I claim this child’s body to be used for your glory.

I Corinthians 6:19-20 “… your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God…”

For their heart. Fill their heart with your love, so that they may intimately know Your voice their whole lives.

Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

The prayer we cover our children with from the time they are born is powerful. We attach our feelings of concern, desperation and praise. God honors the prayers of mothers. I know it. I’ve seen way too many to know otherwise.

Blankets soothe. But prayer changes lives.

Children grow up. Our prayers don’t stop.

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covering your child in prayer

praying for our childrenby Jenny Sulpizio, Regular MOMtor Contributor

My kids are at a difficult age.

Really difficult, in fact.

The days of tending to their every need are gone. The late night feedings and diaper changes are but a distant memory as well. Yep, those sweet babes of mine? They’ve been replaced by tweens, pre-tweens, and one high maintenance five year-old too.


I guess you could say we’re in a state of transition within my household. Indeed, boundaries are being tested, hormones have entered the scene, arguments are quite common, voices are being raised (often), and this mama? Well I’m worn out and worn down. Worse? I’m struggling with how I’m supposed to deal with it all.

My kids are acting out. Disobedience has reared its ugly head. And the manners I thought I instilled along the way, somehow have yet to show up either. I can’t help but feel like I’ve totally messed up–like I’ve failed at this parenting gig.

Friends, it’s as if I’m completely powerless.

However, sitting here–typing these words to you–well it’s so clear as to what’s really going on. Because the desperation, frustration, fear (and yes–sheer panic) we mothers feel are all part of the enemy’s plan—his scheme. And I’m fairly certain this sort of trap? It’s one most of us have fallen prey to on more than one occasion.

But you know what I’ve realized? You and I?

Not when we’re able to hit our knees and beg God for help. Not when we’re able to call upon the Holy Spirit for assistance. Because it’s in these precise moments where God hears our cries, understands our pleas, and sees our hearts. It’s in these minutes, hours, days and yes—seasons(!) where our children and our efforts in raising them must be prayed for and over—where they must be covered.

Praying parents recognize their own inability to change their children’s hearts, and put their faith and hope in the God who can. –Brooke McGlothlin

So, pray and never cease. Understand that no matter how challenging our kids might be, or how frustrated we might become in our trials with them, we must continually pray. We must consistently seek God’s counsel and guidance. Just as we’ve got to recognize that this journey we’re on, and these children in our care? We’re never alone in any of it.

Pray, mamas. Cover your kiddos. Know that He’s listening, and understand that He’s got all of this: you, me, and these beautiful children we’re raising too.

He’s got all of us covered


Praying for Boys by Brooke McGlothlin

The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omaritan

Author of Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe, Jenny Lee Sulpizio is a Christian wife and mother to three amazing Jenny Sulpiziokiddos. After hanging up her star-spangled bloomers (and that restrictive red corset) a few years back, Jenny now spends most of her “spare” time dishing out the latest in tips, hints, and practical advice when it comes to guiding other mommies through the trenches of motherhood. And when she isn’t cooking, cleaning, starting her latest load of laundry, or attempting to raise her kids right (as in manner-possessing, respectful, God-loving little tikes), Jenny can usually be found writing about it instead. Through her children’s books, personal website, blogs, and as a contributing writer for the online supersite(s), The MOB Society and Moms Together, there’s always plenty of information to relate to, and a whole lot of comic relief to go around.

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what does it take to be truly happy?

how to find happinessIt gnaws at my soul.

I’ve spent years searching for it and chasing after it.

Over and over again, I find it —  for a while. Only to feel it slip away again.

Happiness is always elusive, isn’t it? We think, “If only this would happen, I would be happy.” or “If he or she would just do this or that, I would be so much happier.”

I’ve spent years attaching my happiness to career aspirations, my children’s behavior and view of me, other people’s opinions of me, my husband’s happiness, my level of financial stabilitythe list has been long and varied.

But you know what all these things have in common? They’re all dependent on people or circumstances for my joy. In my experience, neither have proven to be very reliable. People, even the ones we love so much, let us down. Circumstances are constantly changing and are usually out of our control.  That fact has sent me on a roller coaster of highs and lows and bitter disappointment.

So, it is possible to feel a consistent sense of peace of joy when the future is so uncertain? When the things that are making us feel happy today may change or disappear tomorrow?

I struggle with this everyday, but God is patiently showing me how to find unshakeable joy. Here are three ways I’m finding it:

Lowering My Expectations. That sounds really dark and pessimistic, doesn’t it? It’s not. We have to quit expecting that the things and people of this world can make us happy. God never intended for imperfect humans and circumstances to fill us up. Expecting them to is what leads to depression and despair.

In Jennie Allen’s Bible Study, Stuck: The Places We Get Stuck and the God who Sets Us Free, she says, “… we must consciously lower our expectations of people, of circumstances, of this planet. Let everything be human and flawed, and be completely taken and thankful when it’s good. Allow people to surprise us more than they disappoint us.”

Being More Grateful. Our tendency is to see all that’s wrong in our lives. To chase the shiny apple that is just beyond our reach. To look at others and compare our blessings.

I’m trying to practice more gratefulness. Savoring a relaxed and unguarded moment with my teenage daughter. Enjoying a hug from my teenage son. Waking up in a cozy bed and an air-conditioned house. And thanking the Creator who makes all these things possible — even though I don’t deserve any good thing.

Clinging to Hope. Can I be honest? It’s really hard for me to watch or listen to the news these days. I can feel my anxiety rising with each headline. It is a scary place we live in. It feels so broken and out of control. My hope can’t be tied to this crazy place.

As a child of God, I have the hope that one day, Christ will return and make all things right. Whatever I’m experiencing right now — either good or bad — is temporary. That does not mean God doesn’t see or care about our suffering. It only means that we cling to the fact that He has a plan to end it — foreverEven if we don’t know how or when. “Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” (Rom. 8:24-25)

So, how does this apply to mothering? We have to keep pointing our children to Jesus, moms. We have to set the example.

The One who knows the big picture, who loved us enough to die a terrible death for us and our precious children.

Only the Holy Spirit can keep our minds focused beyond the temporary. His help is something I ask for daily. I want to live for something bigger than today. For a future planned by a big God who loves me more than I can possibly imagine. I want that for my kids, too.

Because that is what it takes to be truly happy.