Monday, September 30, 2013

31 Days of Praying God's Heart for my Children. Day 1.

(Welcome to post 1 of the 31 day series.... if you are looking for the next posts, go to the top tab on my home page labeled 31 days.  All links will be in there.)

So if you know me... or have read any of my Facebook or blog posts, you may have noticed I like to quote a good country song every now and then.  Thanks to my dad, who I believe is in Heaven right now listening to Willie on 8 track and smoking a cigar.  (And also thanks to my dad, I can drive down the road listening to the country oldies station and belt out the entire Charlie Rich repertoire,... and break out into a good Waylon Jennings when the mood strikes.)  And speaking of Waylon... here's one perfectly fitting for what I'm about to tell you....

"Ive always been crazy.  But it's kept me from going insane."  The man spoke wisdom.  Volumes upon volumes of wisdom. 

Starting October 1, for 31 days, I am joining lots of other bloggers in a writing challenge - to write on any topic of my choice.  For 31 days.  31 gigantically long days.  31 being the magic number here.  It's the number that will drive me right past Waylon Jennings's crazy and straight into the arms of insanity.  I'll wave to him as I pass by.  It's the number of additional wrinkles it will put on my face.  And it's the number that will leave my kids hungry and my home a wreck.  But probably only a smidge more than usual.  

And I'm kinda scared.  Because I can talk... ask anyone,..... but about the same subject for 31 days? Totally don't know what to expect here.   In fact I am so scared that I'm sitting here eating chocolate chips straight from the bag for moral support and strength.  Because chocolate chips are the ultimate power food.    But it all comes down to this... this is a writing CHALLENGE.  To remind myself that I like to write.  Not just doing it because I have to.  Like my kids complain about EVERY SINGLE DAY in school.  And it's okay to be scared, in a challenging way, not a haunted house way... and to walk thru that fire.  So I'm doing it.   

And my topic?  I was totally gonna choose something easy like 31 days of fitness.  Because I can write that in my sleep.  But in the last few days I had the opportunity to change my plan.  And it all came about because of a missed opportunity with my kids.  And in looking for the beauty in a failure of any kind, I choose to see an opportunity to do better with the next. An opportunity to learn and improve and focus.  So for 31 days I will be writing about praying for my children.  Yours, mine and ours.  But ultimately, HIS.  The children of God that I have been, somehow, found  worthy of raising and teaching and loving.  

I'm calling it "31 days of praying God's heart for my children."  A super lofty title.  Because I'm not an expert in mothering or praying or anything, really.  But I have a heart willing to try and fail.  Again and again till it turns out the way that just may make God proud.  So I hope that you will join me in the month of October.  As we baby step our way around this topic.  Let's talk about prayer in general, how to pray with our kids,  and why.  

I treasure your support and input throughout these days.  On this page, in the comments section, or on Facebook.... see the little button over to the right?  Like it -  and you can get the daily posts the easy way.  And we can Facebook chat which is awesomeness. 

Day 2..... my missed opportunity that led to this topic. 


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