15 years ago a group of women at my church began a weekly time of praying together as moms for our children. We started out with a book called "When Mothers Pray" by Cheri Fuller. (I highly recommend this book for all Moms and Grandmothers) Then we began a Moms in Touch prayer group founded by Fern Nicholes. We met one day a week for one hour for several years. We had 12 groups of ladies in which we had 4 ladies to a group. We done this one hour before our regular Bible Study classes would begin at our church and needless to say...we filled our fellowship hall with praying mama's!
Recently me and three other friends had the opportunity to meet for a lunch. My friend Sheila had retired from her job of many years and we wanted to celebrate a NEW CHAPTER IN LIFE with her.
We showered our friend with balloons, gifts and lunch.
It was her day indeed but it became OUR DAY as well...As friends, as sisters in the Lord and as those same 4 women that gathered together 15 years ago to meet weekly to pray for our children!
Me, Sheila, Melody and Karen
You've heard the saying, "The Family who prays together stays together?. Well may I add that the "Friends who pray together for their children stay friends together!
Karen and Melody
Me and Sheila
We prayed so many different prayers for our children and we would pray scripture over them. We prayed fervently for each others children as well. I will never forget when my friend Melody's daughter was going to her first prom! I called Jess at home so I could pray with her over the phone before she went to prom. Of course I prayed for a hedge of protection to surround her, for wise decisions, to enjoy her time at such a special event, to have fun and all the things that she probably expected to hear me pray. But then I prayed a HEDGE of Thorns around her! I have a feeling that about the time she heard those words her EYES became wide open. ( I wish I could have seen her face) I went as far as to pray that if sin entered the scene or temptation of any kind that the Holy Spirit would prick her heart with a hedge of thorns! I think the poor girl was afraid to go to the Prom after that! LOL! Needless to say she is on the Mission field today in Panama leading other children to the Lord and has never forgot that prayer!
And...though we no longer meet weekly to pray together as we did many years ago we will stop what we are doing at a moment's notice to pray for each other, our children, grandchildren and families if needed.
If I could only ask one question today it would be this, "If we aren't praying for our children then who is?
I will always treasure my friendship with these sweet ladies and I praise God for women willing to pray with me and for my children and my grandchildren and STAND IN THE GAP!
15 years later I find myself praying all the more. Now I have grandbabies that need my prayers....
"For I will give you abundant water for your thirst and your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit and my blessings on your children". Isaiah 44:3
Hugs and blessings, Cindy