Monthly Archives: January 2014

Bedtime prayers changed my life…


… actually many lives.

My parents did a phenomenal work teaching me the priority and practice of prayer. At bedtime, before “lights out”, we gathered as a family on bended knee for prayer time. Who knew that simple routine would profoundly impact lives. Well of course, God did!

When God gave Katie to us, Mike and I continued the tradition of bedtime prayers. Leaning over a small white crib in Grapevine, TX, our hands placed on her tiny body (in that soft, blue snugly), we prayed nightly.

  • We are so thankful God gave YOU to us.
  • God did such a beautiful job creating you.
  • We ask You Father that Katie would love You all the days of her life.
  • We pray she would ask Jesus to be her Savior at the earliest age possible.
  • Cause her to be a student of Your Word; a woman of prayer; give her a spirit like Mary.

Many bed time prayers began with a crib, a baby, and hearts full of hope. Then, our tiny civilization grew. God gave Will and Emory in His perfect time! Bedtime prayers continued with 5 of us on bended knee, as my parents did with me.

As the kids grew, we taught them how to pray for each other – how to “carry one another’s burden in prayer” (Galatians 6:2). Katie would pray for Will’s bball game – that he would play his best. Will prayed for Katie’s dance recital. Emory, being the baby, tried her best to participate. It was ok that she wiggled and squirmed like a 2-year-old, because she was one!

With all the kids, we made specific requests, praying specific character qualities over them. A spirit of obedience and a heart to obey dominated our list.

One particular night, I was praying “Daniel” over Will. The attributes and character qualities of the prophet Daniel. I prayed, “Father, make Will into a mighty man of God like Daniel. A man of prayer. A man of Your Word. A man of courage. A man of integrity.” It was familiar to Will, because I spent a semester studying the Book of Daniel.

Then it came… one of my sweetest memories of prayer time. As we together said “Amen”, Will looked up at me.  In his husky, little-man voice, at the age of 6, he said, “Mama, you know how you pray Daniel over me? Well, I really do like it. But, could you start praying David over me?”

Of course Will! What a great choice! Scripture says “David was a man after God’s own heart” and I am certain you will like the fact he fought off bears and lions and Goliath too. “Yes Mama, I do!” Will was very enthusiastic. And God was too.

It is never too late – I encourage you to begin the tradition of bedtime prayers – even if you have pre-teens. It is so very important that our children hear our prayers for them. Our declarations of faith prayed over them will impact and influence their destiny.

Life and death are in the power of the tongue… Proverbs 18:21 (HCSB)

Moms (& Dads), God is pleased by your bedtime prayers, on bended knee, before “lights out”.

Devotionals for Still Time with God


Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations!  I will be exalted in the earth!  Psalm 46:10 (AMP)

To believers of all the ages, this psalm is a call for silent trust in God.  With a settled, confident trust, we know God’s “got it” — whatever it is.

It’s in those very times of stillness that we get to know Him. Reading, listening, and responding to His Word produces intimacy.  Intimacy, with the Great I Am.

Your impact and influence is directly related to your intimacy with Christ.

Let Him be exalted in your heart, FIRST!

To encourage your “still time” with God, I recommend these devotionals.

My Utmost for His Highest
My Utmost for His Highest – by Oswald Chambers – the all-time classic devotional (my first devotional, given by my roommate, Terri (Draper) Wilkinson while at Baylor)
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
Jesus Calling – by Sarah Young – written as if Jesus was speaking directly to you!
Morning and Evening
Morning and Evening – by Charles Spurgeon – the most popular work of the famous British preacher from the 1800’s
Sparking Gems from the Greek – by Rick Renner – 365 Greek word studies for every day of the year (special thank you to Shannon Chatham for this gift!)

Your mothering is worship to Me


To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.  Ecclesiastes 3:1

In my quest to mother the Lord’s way in a manner worthy of Him, I quickly grew discouraged by my lack of time with Him. It was so hard to have “quiet time”. I bore the burden of guilt, or maybe false guilt, of not spending “enough” quality time with Him.

Will Emory Katie circa 1994

Will, Emory, Katie 1994

As I pondered these things, He spoke to me as only He can. So sweet, so gentle, and powerful…

“Your mothering is worship to Me.”

I just so happened to be reading Romans 12:1-2 at that very moment.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (NKJV)

In that particular time and space, He spoke words of grace. “When I watch you change diapers, fill juice cups, serving these little ones; it pleases Me.  It is worship to Me.”

Immediately, I felt His peace and joy. The task at hand was pleasing to Him.

God gave me what I needed. Perspective. Practical. Spiritual. Mothering was my reasonable act of worship.

“You are taking care of My children,” He whispered.

Passed are my early days of mothering.  Now, a new season.  A new purpose under heaven.

Whatever particular season and purpose under heaven which God has given you, worship Him – by presenting yourself as a living sacrifice — in your daily acts of service.  That counts as worship too!