Praying Together

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Several days before we left for a month in the States three of our girls made the short walk from our property to the small convenience store down the street.  They came back saying that the girls in the neighborhood (all of which have been their friends for years) were calling them mean names and saying that they’re just here mooching off of us.  It made me angry!  I told them, “Well, we know that’s not the truth!  They don’t know what they’re talking about.  They’re just jealous.”  I was seriously ready to find those kids and let them have it when one of our girls, Yohana, said, “My mom always told me that when someone is mean to you, you just go to your room and pray for them.”  Ouch!  Yeah, that’s what I meant to say…Let’s pray for them.  So, right then and there we prayed for them.  The day after we arrived in Florida we were worshiping at our home church.  I couldn’t stop thinking about all our kids—I missed them so much.  I was praying for them when God spoke to me.  It was an encouragement to pray with the kids each time one of them came to tattle on another, which happens often.  Any of you who have more than one child know what it’s like…”He hit me.  She took my toy.  He’s bugging me.  She’s looking at me!”  It’s the same thing here, it’s just that we have 30 kids!  So, now that we’ve been back we’ve started praying with the offended and the offender.  They have to hold hands, and I pray for them and over the situation.  It goes something like this, “Lord, thank you that you love us even when we do bad things.  It’s not easy being good all the time.  Help us not to hit…take toys…say bad words…Help us to be a good family full of love.”   Eventually it’ll be to where they are praying for each other!

We’re doing it with our 4 and 5 year olds and our 14 and 15 year olds, with the kids who live here and those who spend their days here and even the neighbors who just come to hang out!  In fact, the other night as Michael and I were having a rather heated discussion John intervened and said, “Ok, we’re going to pray.  Let’s hold hands.”  It’s amazing what a difference it’s making!

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5 Responses

  1. Barb Settles Huge
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    so beautiful…..and so needed in our house also (where there are no kids anymore) Miss you all like crazy!! Love and prayers, Barb and Dabn

  2. Jo Hannah
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    Amen! This is a good encouragement for how to handle that persistent, “He did this…” and “She did this….” Thanks, Melissa!

  3. Melanie
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    Love this! Thank you! 🙂 Miss you!

  4. Jeanne Sisco
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    Amen and (ahem) a very humble Amen! Pray unceasing; pray always; pray all ways; and, in all ways, always pray! I thrill to celebrate the countless ways that God answers our humble prayers — sometimes before we realize that we need them!!! What a masterful “Tool For Living” you folks are giving the children, AND “the village(s)” who are RAISING those children, simply by following the message that God spoke to you that day! Bless you and yours!

  5. Grace Goostree
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    Great message for all of us – as we deal with adults and children that are “fussing, angry, resentful and hurting” – thank you from the mouth of babes of this precious message to seek our God in all things. How can you be angry when in the presence of God, right?

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