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Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Child's Prayer

I am a huge believer in the power of prayer.  I've written a post about this before, but I believe God is not a respecter of denominations when it comes to prayer.  He listens to anyone who's sincere.  

We say a family prayer every morning and night.  It is usually anything but reverent!  My husband said last night's prayer. Mase and Dax were climbing onto my husband's back as he prayed.  Meanwhile, Dani and Evie kneeled, but were having a battle with a broken piece of hula-hoop and a trash picker upper.

I also have the kids say their own personal prayers at bedtime.  Here are a few prayer excerpts from last night.

Dani (age 7):
...Thank you for this day.  Bless Mommy, Daddy, Mase, and Dax.  And please bless that I won't be afraid of the girl's bathroom at school any more...

Evie:  Did Dani bless me in her prayer?
Me: Yes.

Evie (age 5):
...Thank thee for Mom, Dad, Dax, Mase, and Dani.  And please bless Dani to be nice...

Mase (age 3):
...Help me be nice.  Help me not hit.  Help me choose wight.  Please bless food.  And help me to make mow hats at pweschool...

He's been praying not to hit for a good three months now.  I'm not so sure this is a sincere prayer.  That may be why the prayer hasn't been answered yet! 

And here's a little background on Dani's prayer.  This is part of a conversation we had after school yesterday.

Dani: I heard creepy music in the girl's bathroom today.  Then someone said, "You're doomed."  Then, I saw lots of blood.
Me:  Lots of blood?  Did you tell someone?
Dani: Just my friends.
Me: You didn't tell a teacher?
Dani: Well, there was just one drop.
Me:  I thought there was lots of blood.
Dani: Well, it was a lot of a drop. 

Tomorrow night I think I'll encourage her to pray for help with truthfulness!

Grateful Mom Goal: Having gratitude for my children's prayers.

Me with my little prayers.

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59 Comments:

At September 8, 2011 at 7:32 AM , Blogger tessica said...

Glad to see it isn't just my prayer time that is ireverent...
Sometimes we like to pray in accents...
We hope God thinks it's funny... fingers crossed!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 7:40 AM , Blogger Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Those are some sweet prayers :-) And funny.

 
At September 8, 2011 at 7:40 AM , Blogger Jennifer said...

So it is not just my children who are rolling around on the floor during prayers?? I feel a bit more "normal" now-HA!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 7:47 AM , Blogger Natalie said...

Awww so sweet...I'm really going to try to do that with my kids too!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 8:06 AM , Blogger Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

Ah so sweet. Your Dani cracks me up.

 
At September 8, 2011 at 8:27 AM , Anonymous Amanda @ Gratefully Growing in Grace said...

This is so very sweet. Dani is quite the character. It's ironic because this morning my son said an out-of-the-blue prayer without being prompted. Here's how it happened:

Mommy, I just prayed to God (he is now folding his hands to show me) that I will have four hands for my ambulance, my fire truck, and my police car. Amen.
I think every night He will give me four hands.



So.... poor math and freaky anatomy aside, it was his first independent prayer!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 8:41 AM , Blogger Brandi said...

Those are so cute! :) We try to pray every night too. Sometimes they are great, and sometimes Marlee gets a little lost. LOL

Anyhow, I hope you have a great day with your funny kiddos! :)

 
At September 8, 2011 at 8:44 AM , Blogger Rachael said...

Awww. I have to imagine God laughing out loud with delight at those sweet prayers. My son has started thanking God all the time for the most random things. Yesterday one of his phonics words was fence. He asked what a fence was and I showed him the one around our yard. He then got excited and thanked God for "making a fence to be around our yard." :)

 
At September 8, 2011 at 9:15 AM , Blogger Christine said...

How cute and hilarious! I'm sure they'll love to read that when they are all older! What a good idea to post about :)

 
At September 8, 2011 at 9:18 AM , Blogger Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy said...

too cute

 
At September 8, 2011 at 9:20 AM , Blogger GrumpyJaxMomOf3 said...

That sounds a lot like prayers in my house hehe :)

 
At September 8, 2011 at 9:31 AM , Blogger Sandy -- As Told By Mommy said...

Hahaha, so funny! I remember being scared of the girls bathroom because of the "Bloody Mary" myth...scary!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 10:03 AM , Blogger Optimistic Mom said...

I really love this post. We taught our son about prayer pretty much as soon as he could say a full sentence. It is a very important part of our day. We have also had some very interesting bedtime prayers... although I don't like to interrupt his prayers, I have had to redirect him a little. lol

 
At September 8, 2011 at 10:15 AM , Anonymous Christina said...

I LOVE your children! They are so funny and seem like they would be SO fun to be around! :)

I'm glad we're not the only family that isn't "proper" during family prayer time! ;) But at least we are praying as a family, that's what matters! :)

 
At September 8, 2011 at 10:38 AM , Blogger Kathy said...

I love your "prayers"!!! Your kids crack me up everytime. I have always loved to listen to my kids prayers. You can find out some really intresting stuff about their day too!! I'm very grateful I get to visit you and your family through your wonderful blog!! Much love to you and your family!!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 11:19 AM , Blogger Emmy said...

Kids prayers really are the best. And your family prayer time sounds exacatly like ours! But at least we keep doing it right?
My son while saying the family prayer one night said more of a personal prayer that was all about him. As soon as it was done my 4-year-old said "that was an awful prayer it was all about you!" It was pretty funny

 
At September 8, 2011 at 11:20 AM , Blogger sarajo said...

Kids prayers are the best! I love the little white lie you told Evie. We do that too. No need to start a fight at bed time!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 11:41 AM , Blogger Rach (DonutsMama) said...

Your kids crack me up. You need to keep writing their prayers down. This was too funny.

 
At September 8, 2011 at 11:58 AM , Blogger parentwin said...

I really love your blog so much. I gave you an award here...if you are interested...

http://parentwin.blogspot.com/2011/09/blog-on-fire.html

 
At September 8, 2011 at 12:22 PM , Blogger Mikailah said...

How sweet.. God is not a respecter of persons. He loves to answer prayers. :) Children are such a blessing. :D

 
At September 8, 2011 at 12:22 PM , Blogger Melanie said...

Hahaaa... so cute! Kids are hillarious. Jax & I pray each night too, I can't wait to see what his prayers will be for. ADORBS family pic btw!!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 12:59 PM , Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love that their prayers come from their hearts or what they think should come from their hearts. JDaniel likes to add "Thank you for my friend. Mom didn't let me invite him over today." His friend is over for 2-3 hours almost everyday.

 
At September 8, 2011 at 1:12 PM , Blogger Barbara said...

There is nothing sweeter than a child's prayers. How cute!!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM , Blogger MELANIE said...

Love this post! I think that children's prayers and the most sincere. They say whatever is on their mind...I think that is the best and from the heart.

MJ
Lucky 7 Design
Mama J

 
At September 8, 2011 at 1:46 PM , OpenID yummychunklet said...

What cute prayers!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 2:03 PM , Anonymous My Inner Chick said...

---the power of prayer. Yes. I believe this. Without prayer & God, I would have gone crazier than I am now.
Funny --Sweet Blog. :)

 
At September 8, 2011 at 2:39 PM , Blogger RoryBore said...

We definitely encourage prayer time around here too. We say grace before meals, and I say a prayer with each child at bedtime. Even little Zoo Zoo at 23 months already "gets it" -- if we forget at supper, she will yell "GRACE!!!!". And when I say, let's pray, she always nods her head, takes my hand and then bows her head.
But it is amazing what they might ask God for at an given prayer session!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 3:31 PM , Blogger The Desert Rocks said...

Very sweet and I guess a drop of blood is more than enough when you're small!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 3:48 PM , Blogger Jo said...

Such a sweet post. My daughter's prayers are similar. "Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for all the people that we love. Thank you for grandma [grandma's always first, HMP!], Aunt Cher, Elmo, shoes, not having boogins in my nose anymore, thank you that mommy will give me two cookies tomorrow [ORLY?], and thank you for Sid the Science Kid. In Jesus' name, amen."

I found you via Dar over at parentwin.blogspot.com, and I shall now follow you! Because two out of three Dars are never wrong.

Jo
http://bumbumgerms.blogspot.com

 
At September 8, 2011 at 4:00 PM , Blogger Melanie said...

sweet sweet prayers. I love it. We do the same thing and end up with the SAME results. Kids are awesome....

Although...your daughter has me worried...the whole music, and words, and blood thing. What was that REALLY all about? Scary! :L)

 
At September 8, 2011 at 5:20 PM , Blogger Mo 'Betta said...

This is great! I'm with Dani, I never liked the girl's restroom at school. I'm surprised I've never had bladder issues from refusing to go. I still hate public restrooms. My sister however, has a downright phobia!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 5:45 PM , Blogger Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

That's just so cute! I love the way little minds process things!!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 6:12 PM , Blogger Jessica said...

Their prayers are adorable. A drop of blood really is a lot.

 
At September 8, 2011 at 6:21 PM , Blogger Stephy said...

Oh I love all of their prayers; how precious! Kids are so innocent & sincere.

I love your blog!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 7:01 PM , Blogger Trisha said...

Kids are so cute when they tell it like it is :) I have to say after hearing that...I'm a little afraid of the girls bathroom too!!! :D

 
At September 8, 2011 at 8:10 PM , Blogger A Randomlicious Blog for the Soul said...

LOL that is so funny! I LOVE your new blog design, OF COURSE it's April Showers!! :)

I want to be better at family prayer. We do well to say prayer before we eat, but I'm afraid not as good at family prayer. Your such a good example. I just think your kids are cute and their prayers are adorable!
I really enjoyed this post!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 8:58 PM , Blogger Sandra's Fiberworks said...

I believe strongly in prayer too, and we do prayers at dinner and bedtime. Bedtime is kind of like yours; we thank God for the blessings of this day.

 
At September 8, 2011 at 9:09 PM , Blogger Connie said...

So...it wasn't just my kids who were irreverent during family prayer!
There are not too many things more powerful than prayer!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 9:27 PM , Blogger Kazzy said...

Even though my two kids still at home are 13 and 15 they still poke and giggle. It never ends. Your little ones are adorable. :)

 
At September 8, 2011 at 9:59 PM , Blogger Texas Type A Mom said...

All of their prayers are so sincere and from the heart and that's definitely the most important part!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 10:15 PM , Blogger Danielle said...

You make even the little daily moments with kids interesting and a joy to read. Gotta love Dani! (And only partially because we share the same name...)

 
At September 8, 2011 at 10:42 PM , Blogger Kim @ Mamas Monologues said...

Those are so sweet! A drop of blood is a lot to me too. ;)

 
At September 8, 2011 at 11:21 PM , Blogger Maegan said...

Sweet children prayers. Sweet and funny. :)

 
At September 8, 2011 at 11:33 PM , Blogger Mom of 12 said...

Kids are so cute when they pray. I'm pretty sure they are always honest. Maybe a little too honest...
Sandy

 
At September 9, 2011 at 12:06 AM , Blogger Vivian said...

I think I'm still being blessed because of my children's prayers. So much faith, so much sincerity, they are truly an example to me. I need to start documenting the things they say...

 
At September 9, 2011 at 12:42 AM , Anonymous cam said...

their prayers are adorable. at prayer time, my son just waits it out and then shouts "Amen"! Gotta work on focus with that kid! :)

 
At September 9, 2011 at 7:19 AM , Blogger Laura@livingabigstory said...

I'm so grateful the Lord understands whining prayers because sometimes a blow-up happens right before the prayer (or the prayer is the *result* of a blow-up) so I have *no* idea what's being said :)

thanks for sharing this .... beautiful testament of simple faith :)

 
At September 9, 2011 at 8:21 AM , Blogger blueviolet said...

Kids are just so unfiltered and honest! (except for the a lot of blood thing, of course) ;)

 
At September 9, 2011 at 8:39 AM , Blogger Johanson Family said...

I wish I had the memory like you to recall the convo's and things my son says.. i love how you can recount the whole thing with all of them!! :) so darn cute!!

 
At September 9, 2011 at 10:06 AM , Anonymous Karen B said...

I love that phrase: "It was a lot of a drop."

That's exactly how I feel about any amount of bodily fluid.

 
At September 9, 2011 at 10:31 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Hahahah, I always find myself cracking up at your posts! I love that Mase is praying not to hit. Too funny.

Have a great weekend!

xo jess

 
At September 9, 2011 at 11:54 AM , Anonymous Karen B. said...

How adorable!

Emma and I say our prayers out loud to one another and we usually end up collaborating on most of them. When we're doing wishing the world well, we close our eyes, hold out our palms and softly blow our wishes out into the universe. Emma says she thinks hers look like glitter and angels. I have to agree : )

 
At September 9, 2011 at 12:26 PM , Blogger Renee said...

What a great tradition! Their prayers are adorable and I bet God gets a kick out of hearing them.

 
At September 9, 2011 at 1:13 PM , Blogger Jamie said...

A lot of a drop has me rolling! Love that peek into your nightly routine!! New follower - so glad to have discovered you this Friday!

 
At September 9, 2011 at 1:23 PM , Blogger Handsfullmom said...

So sweet and funny!

 
At September 9, 2011 at 9:50 PM , Blogger LaVonne @ Long Wait said...

So sweet. I love hearing my 3 year old pray too. I caught her making her baby pray yesterday. It was very cute. (I guess her baby was being bad and needed to pray to be a good girl.)

 
At September 10, 2011 at 7:17 PM , Blogger Irene said...

That was just so adorable. I can't wait until Buggy starts talking and hear such cuteness!

 
At September 10, 2011 at 8:07 PM , Blogger Jo said...

Irene: Cute. I call my daughter "Bugga." :)

 
At September 11, 2011 at 5:24 PM , Blogger Valerie said...

Your family is so cute and I love the photo.

 

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