Five Minute Friday: Dance

Friday, June 29, 2012

I love Fridays, I wait all week for them - don't you?

And so here is my Five Minute Friday from Miss Lisa Jo - take five minutes and join us! Just write for five minutes, no editing, or worrying about impressing readers. Just write. It's a great way to let go of the week and set up your weekend

Five Minute Friday


The sounds of baby babbles

Of small bare feet running on the wood floor

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The giggles of joy

The continuous sounds of life

That is the music of my day.

As that music plays my mind races as the list is long

The chores that are waiting

The energy needed

Yet the time spending as the tickle monster is the best of my day

Then there is that moment in the day when the babbles stop

The feet are not running

The giggles are replaced with light breathing sounds from cribs and beds

That is the time when I sit back and replay the dance of the day and the stress from it all doesn't matter.

For those few moments I soak it all in - wondering how I got through the morning.

And of course, just as I'm starting feel my energy starting to make the smallest of come backs, I can hear the babbles, and the feet and giggles.

That is when the dance picks up - the quiet interlude has past and the quickstep resumes.

Brooke McGlothlin

Warrior Prayers

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Warrior Prayers: Praying the Word for Boys in Areas They Need it Most
By Brooke McGlothlin

I found this great e-book through an online challenge to prayer for my boys every day for 21 days through the MOB Society. As I'm sure you could guess at this point, if you don't already know, I am a mom to two young boys.  And I was having one of those days where the word no seemed like the only word I knew, and my nerves were raw. So just like most great moms of this generation, I went to the web - I mean isn't that what we all do??

It didn't take long to find the MOB's site, and it was full of encouraging posts. That was when I stubbled upon the 21 Days of Prayer challenge. And I figured why not? Prayer is powerful, and I needed something powerful to get me through. So I filled out an "I'm part of the challenge" comment, and marked my calendar.

Little did I know what a great journey I had just signed up for.

The game plan was easy, block out a small window of time to read the short, quick chapters in the book, and say the Bible verse prayers for each of my boys every day - I chose early mornings. Mind you what got me hooked was the short amount of time, because my days are chaos, so it is only possible to have small blocks of time for anything, especially quiet prayer.

Here is the key that made me know this was a challenge I had to take on:

The bottom line is this: our boys need strong parents now more than ever. 
We’re losing them; 
raising a generation of weak men. 
Oh, they think they’re strong. When they have degrees behind their names 
and lots of zeros in their salary. 
When they work hard and do well, play sports and drink beer. 
 When they get
a whole string of young girls pregnant or “make” their wives obey. 
I’ve seen it all in my line of work.
You probably have too, whether or not you work outside the home. 
Young men who have no idea what it means to be a man are everywhere. (6)

And her answer to his issue shouldn't surprise you, she suggests prayer, specifically praying verses, for each boy you are raising.

And the best part? She has all the verses in this book, so you can just pray quick and easy for these men we are raising.

She started with Heart Change, and I am huge proponent that only God can truly change a heart. I am so glad she is of like mind on this. All ten of the verses in this first day of prayer moved me. And that was all I needed.

There are many more attributes (obviously, the challenge was for 21 days!) like Integrity, Honor, Joy, Self-Control and so much more.

There were also study questions that helped to focus my mind before saying these powerful prayers. It was nice because the questions were specific for me and my experience in relation to the attribute of the day. It allowed me to really focus my energy on that one attribute, instead of the normal, Oh please God fix this boy!, type of prayer that ends up being my cry for help sometime during the day. 

Although the challenge might not have changed the course of my days, it gave me hope that what I was doing was making an impact, which really is the fuel mommies need while we are in the trenches with our kids trying our best to help them be who they are meant to be while teaching them how to be good and loving Men.

Overall it was a great short prayer book that focused on the individual boy in need of prayer from the parents and guardians who love him. Although I did the prayers myself, it would be great to do them with spouses, have grandparents in on the action, godparents, any adult that is playing a pivotal role in your boys' lives. And these prayers can work on boys of all ages, little babies, to sons who are learning to be dads can get great benefits from this.

If you have read this book, said these prayers, or are interested in them, let me know - I'd love to hear your take on it!

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