“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” ~Proverbs 22:6
For the last few months I have been struggling to get my son to go to youth group. As I have prayed over this fervently, God finally gave me the answer the other day in Lifeway. “I’ll buy a study we can do at home together”. So, since both the 14 year old and 19 year old can’t make it to youth group on Wednesdays, I’ll bring it to the house! I’m a little nervous but also super pumped about this. I haven’t done anything like this since they were little!!! But then I asked “why not?”
We have to remember that no matter how old our children are, we are still parents. Yes, they can take care of themselves but without proper guidance and teaching and training, life can get hard real quick. Everyday I talk to my 25 year old. Sometimes they are long conversations sometimes they are a quick text message, and sometimes, I just don’t want to talk but everyday I hear from her. When I don’t, I know something is not right and I reach out. My job as a parent never stops!!!
It can be tiring to be always “on”as a mom. Even when they get older, they still only talk to you when you are on the phone or in the restroom or when you are trying to rest. Even when they get older they still need you to cook them a meal, love on them and comfort them when they are sick. It can be exhausting shuffling kids from point A to point B. But then they get the drivers license and you miss taking them and having those little conversations in the car. And you would give anything for that moment once again.
Here is what I know today: I would give anything to go back and do it all over again to really bask and take in those moments with Megan and Marissa. I am down to my last one at home and I am learning to put a new spin on this because one day there won’t be anyone to drop off in the morning. One day they will all have their own families, their own lives. But the one thing I do know, they will never not know they are loved. I will never not be there for them. Just because they are grown does not mean they do not need me. It means my job as a mom is different. I lean on my parents everyday, so why shouldn’t they lean on me.
So, today I prepared for youth group at the house and my son’s best friend and his mom will be joining us. They have been our extended family for quite some time. We will fellowship and worship together tonight at we study The Battle Plan for Prayer Teen Bible Study.
To prepare for this I have put together my Mom Prayer Journal for Christi and myself. This is where we will journal everything about being a mother and all our prayers for our children.
In here I have a spot for all those awesome downloads, prayer calendars, bible studies, etc I find online. Then I have a section with paper and dividers for our children and my step grandchildren. But I digress! I will save this for another post another day……..
I have also put together some sheets for the kids tonight and found some on the internet.
The first thing I put together is the battle plan worksheet! You can find it here–>Teen Battle Plan Session 1 I had to add some baseball images to it to make it interesting for the boys! (In my internet search I could not find anything teen boy friendly so I created it). This sheet is the main points I wanted to get across tonight.
One of the topics we will discuss tonight is confession of sins. So after many hours of searching for something appropriate, I took an old favorite Catholic examination of conscience and made it into a Christian examination of conscience. You can find it here –> Confession Sheet
I will also be using some others but again I’ll save that for some other posts. There is so much I have done to prepare for tonight. I just hope the boys have fun as they begin to learn what it has taken me 44 years to figure out-prayer is the answer to EVERYTHING!
I’m sure they will since we will also be making prayer jars! WHAT? Of course my inner Martha Stewart had to create something!
At the end of the day, I will just be happy to teach these young men (and the young woman) about my new passion for prayer and all the good it brings to your life.
Tonight I will be blessed with 2 young men and a young woman and one of my dearest friends who all mean the world to me. I look forward to what God has in store tonight……….
There is much more to come! God has put so much on my heart lately and I can’t keep up (hence the reason for the many prayer journals I have purchased lately). Copious notes and conversations being recorded. But until then…………
A Very blessed woman in TX