Heart – Soul – Mind

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

Hearing Kingston pray is one of my favorite parts of being a mom. It’s mostly gibberish, with words like “Jesus, Momma, Dadda” thrown in. And he always ends by yelling “AMEN!” really loudly and clapping. It’s one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen, and it always makes my heart happy. I know that even though he doesn’t totally get it yet, one day he’ll be able to talk to Jesus about everything just like I do. When I was pregnant with him a sweet little grandma gave me a card where she’d written down a list of things she prayed for her children everyday. I kept it and started making my own after he was born. Of course I pray about stuff all day like, “Please don’t let this kid embarrass me in Target.” Ha! But this is a list that I like to go through when I have time to actually sit down and chat with God.

– For God’s blessing and protection.

– Salvation.

– To have a passion for God and things with eternal importance.

– Love and compassion for others.

– That he will become “a man after God’s own heart.”

– Honesty and integrity.

– Love for God’s Word.

– That he will have the self-esteem it takes to be a leader; not a follower.

– Courage and strength.

– Discernment.

– That he will love the Lord his God with all his heart, soul, and mind.*

I’m so thankful for parents who took the time to pray for me everyday; and still do. Knowing that someone is talking to God about me is both humbling and empowering. I want Kingston to know how that feels, and I believe it’s one of the greatest gifts I can give to him – to intercede for him. What are some of the things you pray about for your kids? Do you have a list? If not, maybe you can start one!

*I was going to write explanations next to each item on the list but decided to leave it broad, because it’s so personal. Also, this post would have been a book. 🙂