I have a prayer journal for our family each year.
I love going back to view the answered and unanswered prayers and see our spiritual growth and blessings.
I had this lovely lilac journal lying around for just the thing. Isn’t it lovely? I bought it at Walmart (It’s a Dayspring product and I can’t find it anywhere online; must be discontinued) a while back because I thought it was so pretty.
Here is a similar Prayer Journal that I like too. I hadn’t really thought about what I’d use it for, but God knew I would come across it and He was ready to nudge me to start this prayer journal.
My first prayer journal entry.
It’s about my eldest because she’s the child I am most worried about this school year.
I hadn’t thought about format, but here I starred the topics where I most want to see improvement. Only God can do that and if He uses me to help do that, I am willing. I dashed off a few ways I am already planning to help her in those areas. I’m sure God has His own agenda. He always seems to, eh?
Often, I have to get out of the way.
Then I prayed right there on the page.
I hope my prayer isn’t too selfish.
I need her to be independently working so I can teach the middle kids and keep the toddler interested in tot school and out of trouble.
I know I often expect too much of my eldest. She has so much responsibility. I often rely on her too much.
I also pray that I can keep on schedule and on track with planning lessons so that everything runs smoothly this year. No more winging it with three officially in school and a toddler on the loose! I have to be diligent with meal planning, lesson planning, gathering materials, library books, printing and laminating, and being cheerful about it all.
That cheerful part is the hardest, let me tell ya. My husband doesn’t like coming home to The Grouch.
I think my next prayer entry should be about me and my attitude and how it affects my family.
I hope, in the spring or early summer, I can look back over my prayers and concerns and successes and failures to see how God has moved through our homeschool, through our family. How he has pruned us to be fruitful.
We are so blessed to be able to teach the kids at home.
It’s been years and I still update my prayer journal every fall and spring and it’s such a blessing to see where God has led our family!
As a military family, we often pray for great opportunities for our family when we PCS every few years. It’s getting more and more difficult as the kids get older for them to find extracurriculars and friends. It’s like the community falls away more and more as the kids get older.
Ways I pray for our homeschool and our children:
- best materials for each child
- good attitudes
- schedule help
- my attitude and cheerfulness
- good influences in friends, coaches, teachers
- understanding and comprehension for difficult materials
- extracurricular classes and funds
- driving lessons
- dual credit options
- part time work options
- college, trade school, vocation
- tests and exams
- relationships with peers, teachers, parents
I love that I’ve homeschooled my eldest all the way to college and the other three kids are doing great!
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How do you pray for your children?
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