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Praying with My Children, By TheMomCafe’s, Christine Carter

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Pray With Your Children

Every morning on the way to school, I pray with my kids.  They expect it, and they remind me if I am in one of those haphazard can’t see straight moments- because it means something to them.  You should hear the urgency in my son’s voice if we haven’t yet started our prayer halfway down the road.  I love that.  Oh, how I love that.

We have been praying together before school every morning for years.  I can’t quite remember when it became our “tradition”, but I know that we haven’t missed a morning for a long, long time.  Did I tell you how much I love that?  Oh, how I do.

It centers us.

It brings immediate peace.

It nourishes our hearts.

It fuels our day.

It frames our thoughts.

It focuses our perspective.

It renews our spirit.

It fills our souls.


With Him.


I often find myself repeating many things every morning, with the same emotion and passion as the very first time I prayed those words.  They are new every day to me, much like His Blessings and His Grace.  I seem to cover a multitude of areas in this Morning Prayer, and yet it never feels overwhelming.  I can sense my children drawing near to Him as my words are spoken and the car is full of His Presence.  They expect to breath in His Grace and pour out their gratitude.  We offer up our concerns and lift up those in need.  We realize our potential and value our purpose in His Will.  And most graciously, we ask Him to shine His Almighty Light through us, in us, on us, and always before us in leading us where we should go.

There is truly nothing more significant and more critical to my Motherhood Mission than these moments of prayer every morning in the car.   What could possibly be more important?

Oh, how this time in prayer is…


Precious.  Personal.  Powerful.


As we reach out to Our Creator of Heaven and Earth.


How I cherish knowing that He loves us just as we are.  A mom and her two kids offering up their blessings and their gratitude.  Praying for their teachers and their friends.  Asking Him to guide them and use them in His Plan.  Giving our hearts and our minds over to Him in surrendering to the One who knows us best.  Trusting that His Will is so much better than ours. 


And we rejoice in another day we belong to Him.


When do you pray with your kids?  If you don’t, then perhaps these ten minutes of our day will inspire you to find ten minutes of yours.  



Chris Carter is a SAHM of two pretty amazing grade school kids.  She has been writing at for almost three years, where she hopes to encourage mothers everywhere through humor, inspiration and faith.  You can find her at the following sites below:

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Coffee, cream and sugar time. Playdate time. Park time. Cooking Time. Reading Time. Snuggle-up time. Hangin’ in-the-house time. Baking time. Some of you are in new-born baby time or sending your child off to college time. Prayer time. Exercise time.  Work time. Stroller time. Drive time. Email time. Cleaning/organizing time.  Changing your mind time. Time-to-go-on-vacation time! However you are spending your TIME this morning, may it be rich, meaningful or just plain pleasant…there IS pleasantness in the plainness.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecc 3:1  God knows all about your time, from what you need to get done to how you’d like to spend it. He has given us opportunities and circumstances with that time. People within that time. Love in that time. Yet, time has illusions and limitations.

Enjoy your time today–no matter how you spend it. Time is a gift that we have the luxury of opening.

Pull off the paper.

Cut the ribbons.

Tear open the package….while it’s in your hands.


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