After I came back to the Lord and started going to church my eyes were open to the power of God’s word and how important it was for me to Declare God’s word over my children. Before I met my husband I was a single mom and I had the awesome opportunity to take my children to school every morning, so during the car ride they always heard me declaring God’s word over them.
I bet if you asked them to this day what I spoke over them they could probably repeat most of it from memory. 🙂
I was just feeling led to share this with you all because I know sometimes it can be hard figuring out what to pray over our children.
This prayer or declaration if you will, is just the beginning of course. Our children are all so different and need us to pray specific prayers for the battles they are facing.
Our prayers for them can not be this cookie cutter thing and sometimes it takes some real digging into the scriptures to find the word of God that needs to be declared over them.
The following declaration is just something I either heard or read along the way, but it stuck with me and is very powerful when spoken with faith.
I’ve highlighted the Declaration/Prayer in bold but have given the scripture reference along the way.
You are the Head and not the Tail
You are above only and not beneath
(Deuteronomy 28:13 – The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.)
You are blessed going in and blessed coming out (Deuteronomy 28:6 – “You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.)
You are empowered to prosper
I place on you the mind of Christ and you have the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 2:16 – “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” & James 1:5 – “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”)
I plead the blood of Jesus over you from the top of your head to the soles of your feet.
I thank you Father God for giving your angels charge over them that they would bear them up in their arms lest they dash their feet against a stone. (Psalm 91:11-12 – “For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you up in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.”)
I place on you the all armor of God
The helmet of Salvation to guard their thoughts
The breastplate of righteousness
I gird up their loins with the belt of truth and shod their feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace.
In one hand I place the sword of the spirit which is quicker and sharper then any two edged sword that it would cut to the dividing asunder of spirit and soul
and in the other hand I place the shield of faith to quench every fiery dart the enemy would send their way. (Ephesians 6:13-17 – “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”)
You have been bought with the highest price and that is the blood of Jesus.(I Corinthians 6:20 – “For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”)
You are sealed unto the day of redemption and no plague or calamity shall come near your dwelling.(Psalm 91:10 – “no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.”)
In Jesus name ~ Amen!
Then of course I would tell them to have a wonderful day, that I loved them so very much and would see them later. 🙂
Oh how I miss those days! They are gone way to fast and we never get them back. Throughout the years God has been ever so faithful to my prayers and though two of my children have strayed from the faith, God is faithful and just and is always looking over his word to perform it.
I continue to Declare God’s word over my children, it’s just now in this season of their lives I pray different prayers for each of their situations. 🙂
Below are some of the books I personally used to learn how to pray and declare God’s word not only over my children but also my husband, my friends, my family and even myself. What books or resources have you used that have been a blessing to you?
Is there something you declare over your children everyday? Maybe a prayer you pray for them in the morning or night. Share it with us, you never know who it might help.
I can’t believe it has taken me this long to let it go.
All these years I have allowed it to consume me, anger me, frustrate me and literally brought me to tears. Yes, even tears!
I use to love washing the dark clothes being that it consisted mostly of jeans which are so easy to separate, fold and put away.
That was until I had kids!
I would cringe when that day rolled around twice a week. Before I go on, I want you to keep in mind that we all do laundry differently and I was raised to turn all my laundry right-side-out, Momma knows best right?
Now that we got that out of the way… When it was time to do the dark laundry I would always ask my kids to bring me their dark clothes with their jeans right-side-out. Inevitable they would bring them to me inside out and I would do one of two things:
- I would gripe and complain the entire time I was pulling them right-side out or
- I would throw them back in their room to have them do it. Of course that always slowed the laundry process down because I had to wait on them so let me be honest, majority of the time I just did it while complaining the whole time.
Of course while I was complaining I was also crying, silently or sometimes out loud, of how I don’t feel loved by my kids and why can’t they do this simple little task to make my life so much easier. The crying didn’t happen all the time but the frustration did.
I’m not proud of this but the fact of the matter is, this went on up until just a month ago. Mind you my 21 yr. old son and 19 yr. old daughter are out of the house which leaves me with my youngest who is 15 yrs. old. It just so happens that she doesn’t understand this concept of right-side out either.
So last month I have a few dark clothes that need to be cleaned but in order to have a full load I asked my daughter to bring me some of her dark’s. What do you think she does?
You got it! She brought me her jeans, all 4 pairs INSIDE OUT! My first thought was to give them back to her but I thought twice and asked myself if it really matters that they are inside out. Without griping or complaining I threw them in the washer, then in the dryer then came the folding.
Instead of pulling the legs through and folding it right side out so it looks nice and she knows which jeans are which I decided that after all these years I needed to let it go and just fold the darn jeans and send them off to her room.
You know what the funny part is? I didn’t even think about it until I saw her with one of those pair of jean on that she HAD to put those jeans right-side out in order to put them on and at that moment I knew I had finally WON the war!
I share this story with you for two reasons really.
First, if you are like I am when it comes to laundry and feel like you have to have your clothes right-side out but your children are just not working with you, wash it like that, fold it like that and let them sort it out. They will get the picture that either way THEY will be turning those clothes right-side out.
Second, let it go and Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. Seriously, when you look back on this time with your children you’ll realize there were things you could have let go and been so much happier just enjoying your time with them.
As a matter of fact I know while reading this you probably thought of at least 5 things (I know I’m still working on some of them) you could let go of and have more happiness in your life, less stress, and more time with your children. Share with me in the comments below some of the things that popped in your head and how can you let them go?
In the end, when it’s all said and done:
A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child. ~ Forest E Whitcraft
To all you Moms out there that are part of the Motherhood of the Inside Out Pants! You ROCK!
For the past month or so I have watched a family fight for their precious son to live. They opened up their family, their home and their hearts to hundreds of thousands of people on Facebook in order to bring awareness to Childhood Cancer and find a Cure. They have prayed fervently, relied heavily on their faith in Jesus Christ to get them through and have been such a shining light in a terrible darkness called “Cancer”.
People all over the world have rallied behind Lane Goodwin, his family and the children fighting this ugly spirit of cancer on a daily basis. From movie stars to baseball players and students to parents, this family has done exactly what they set out to do, build awareness of Childhood Cancer and rally the troops to find a cure so no other family has to go through it.
Last night Lane took his final breath here on this earth and his first breath in heaven as he walked into the arms of Jesus and was completely healed and made whole in an instant. My heart has such a burden for all those left behind and it brings up much grief for me since losing both my momma, who was my best friend and my older brother to this monster disease.
The Goodwin Family has started the Thumbs Up for Lane Goodwin Childhood Cancer Foundation and it’s mission is, “to support childhood cancer research through funding and advocacy while empowering families battling childhood cancer by providing education, financial assistance and a volunteer network.”
I ran across this poem last week when I was looking through all my old notes, printed poems, letters from God and testimonies of God’s faithfulness. When I heard the news about Lane I just felt led to share this. I hope that it speaks as loudly to your heart as it has mine.
It’s hard to explain but my heart is breaking for this precious family yet rejoices at the same time for Lane. I felt the same way when my mom and brother went onto eternity. This gut wrenching sense of loss mingled with this over whelming feeling of joy for them.
I’ll Lend You a Child by Edgar Guest
“I’ll lend you for a little time a
child of mine” He said.
“For you to love the while he lives,
and mourn for when he’s dead.
It may be six of seven years
or twenty-two or three.
But will you, “till I call him back,
take care of him for me?
He’ll bring his charms to gladden you
and should his stay be brief,
You’ll have his lovely memories
as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
since all from earth return:
But there are lessons taught down there
I want this child to learn.
I’ve looked the wide world over
in my search for teacher true
And from the throngs that crowd life’s loves,
I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love,
nor think the labor vain
Nor hate me when I come to call
to take him back again?”
I fancied that I heard them say,
“Dear Lord, Thy will be done.
For all the joy Thy child shall bring,
the risk of grief we’ll run.”
We’ll shelter him with tenderness,
we’ll love him while we may.
But should the angels call for him
much sooner than we’d planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes
and try to understand.
Train a child in the way he should go; and, even when old, he will not depart from it ~ Proverbs 22:6
This keeps coming to mind as I’m raising teenagers. Maybe it can help some of you that are raising teenagers or even pre-teens for that matter also.
My son came home from school one day, with a smirk upon his face. He decided he was smart enough, to put me in my place.
Guess what I learned in Civics Two, that’s taught by Mr. Wright?
It’s all about the laws today,
The “Children’s Bill of Rights.”
It says I need not clean my room,
don’t have to cut my hair.
No one can tell me what to think,
or speak, or what to wear.
I have freedom from religion,
and regardless what you say,
I don’t have to bow my head,
and I sure don’t have to pray.
I can wear earrings if I want, and pierce my tongue & nose.
I can read & watch just what I like,
get tattoos from head to toe.
And if you ever spank me,
I’ll charge you with a crime.
I’ll back up all my charges,
with the marks on my behind.
Don’t you ever touch me, my body’s only for my use, not for your hugs and kisses,
that’s just more child abuse.
Don’t preach about your morals, like your Mama did to you.
That’s nothing more than mind control,
And it’s illegal too!
Mom, I have these children’s rights,
so you can’t influence me
or I’ll call Department of Children and Families,
better know as D.C.F.
Of course my first instinct was
to toss him out the door.
But the chance to teach him a lesson
made me think a little more.
I mulled it over carefully,
I couldn’t let this go.
A smile crept upon my face,
he’s messing with a pro.
Next day I took him shopping
at the local Goodwill Store.
I told him, “Pick out all you want,
there’s shirts & pants galore.
I’ve called and checked with D.C.F.
who said they didn’t care
if I bought you K-Mart shoes
instead of those Nike Airs.
I’ve canceled that appointment
to take your driver’s test.
the D.C.F. is unconcerned
so I’ll decide what’s best.
I said “No time to stop and eat,
or pick up stuff to munch.
And tomorrow you can start to learn
to make your own sack lunch.
Just save the raging appetite,
and wait till dinner time.
We’re having liver and onions,
a favorite dish of mine.
He asked “Can I please rent a movie,
to watch on my VCR?
“Sorry, but I sold your TV,
for new tires on my car.
I also rented out your room,
you’ll take the couch instead.
The D.C.F. requires
just a roof over your head.
Your clothing won’t be trendy now,
I’ll choose what we eat.
That allowance that you used to get,
will buy me something neat.
I’m selling off your jet ski,
dirt-bike & roller blades.
Check out the “Parents Bill of Rights,”
It’s in effect today!
Hey hot shot, are you crying,
why are you on your knees?
Are you asking God to help you out,
instead of D.C.F..?
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