Prayers to pray over your children!

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” Ephesians 6:10

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Why you should teach you little ones to pray.

Teaching children to pray is a vital part of introducing them to Jesus and reinforcing their relationship with God. Our Lord gave us prayer so we could communicate with him directly, and getting children comfortable with prayer helps them to understand that God is always close and accessible.

When to Start Teaching About Prayer:

Children can start learning to pray even before they can speak in coherent sentences simply by allowing them to see you praying (more about this later) and by inviting them to pray with you as best they can.
As with any good habit, you’ll want to start reinforcing prayer as a regular part of life as early as possible. Once a child can communicate verbally, they can learn to pray on their own either out loud or silently.

But, if your Christian walk began after you started raising a family, it’s never too late for kids to learn about the importance of prayer.
Teach Prayer as a Conversation:

Be sure that children understand that prayer is simply a conversation with God, one that is held with respect for his unending love and power, but that is spoken in our own words.
See Also: Teach Your Kids These Prayers They Will Love to Pray
Matthew 6:7 says, “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.” (NLT) In other words, we need not pray with any formula, and we can and should speak to God in our own words.

Some Christian religions teach specific prayers, such as the The Lord’s Prayer, which was given to us by Jesus. Children can start practicing and learning these at an appropriate age. The concepts behind these prayers must be taught so that the prayers aren’t recited without meaning.

If you teach these prayers, it should be in addition to, and not instead of showing them how to talk to God naturally.
Let Your Kids See You Praying: 

The best way to begin educating your children about prayer is to pray in their presence. Look for opportunities to practice prayer in front of them, just as you would seek out instances to teach them about manners, good sportsmanship or humility. While praying in the morning or before bed is a common and valuable practice, God wants us to come to him with all things and at any time, so let kids see you praying throughout the day for a variety of needs.

When praying, try to keep the details and words appropriate to your child’s age level, so younger kids won’t be scared by serious situations.
Ways Children Can Pray:
Prayers for a good day at school, for pets, friends, and local and world events are perfect ideas for kids of any age.

Show children that there is no prescribed length to prayer. Quick prayers such as asking for help with choices, for blessings on a birthday party or for protection and safe travels before going on a trip are ways to show kids that God is interested in all aspects of our lives. Another type of quick prayer to model is as simple as saying something like, “Lord be with me,” before getting into a challenging situation or, “Thank you, Father,” when learning that a problem will be easier to work out than expected.
Longer prayers are better taught to older children who can sit still for a few minutes. These are a great way to teach them about God’s all-encompassing greatness. Here’s a good way to model these prayers:
Start off by thanking God for being with you and for providing for your family, thank him for his great, unconditional love, and express your reverence for all that he is.
Ask God to forgive your mistakes. James 5:16 says, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” (NLT)

Then, either present your petitions to God, continue thanking and praising him for specific provisions and blessings, or do both.

Overcoming Shyness:

Some children will feel shy about praying out loud at first, and will say they can’t think of anything to pray about. If this happens, you can first pray for something, then have the child finish your prayer. For example, thank God for grandma and grandpa and then your child can thank God for specific things about the grandparents, whether that’s grandma’s yummy cookies or a productive fishing trip with grandpa.
Another way to overcome shyness is to simply have them repeat your prayers, but in their own words. For example, thank God for keeping people safe during a storm and ask him to help people who have lost their homes. Then, have your child pray for the same thing, but not parroting your words.
Be Supportive:

Reinforce that we can come to God with all things, and no request before God is too small or insignificant. Prayers are very personal, and a child’s worries and concerns change at different ages. So, encourage your child to talk to God about whatever is on his or her mind. God loves to hear prayers for bike rides, a frog in the garden or a successful tea party with dolls.

Shelley Elmblad, a freelance writer and contributor for About.com, has worked in various capacities of Christian ministry. As a parent, her goal is to teach her daughter how to stay connected to her faith in today’s world of conflicting values. Knowing the challenges of Christian parenting, Shelley hopes to share some of her experience with other parents who want to raise their children according to biblical principles. (Christianity.about.com)

Mommy of the month!

Elexis Powell, the 25-year-old Operations Coordinator, and mom to Peyton, age 1, chats with Motherhood Shenanigans about the ups and downs of parenthood, & the value of being a mom! 

MS: So, does Peyton have a favorite book?
Elexis: Anything Mickey Mouse he loves it! His favorite is Mickey Mouse 123’s!
MS: What was the most difficult this about being pregnant? 
Elexis: The most difficult thing besides the sickness was bringing a baby into the world, & it wasn’t the picture perfect environment I thought it was going to be.
MS: Do you plan to have anymore kids? 
Elexis: Yes, 1 or 2 more.
MS: What do you feel like is the best thing about being a mommy?
Elexis: The best thing about being a mom is knowing that I help create something so precious, & in spite of my failures, & mistakes this kid loves me no matter what. 
MS: What’s the hardest thing about being a mommy?
Elexis: One of the hardest things about being a mother was adjusting. Going from just taking care of myself. Jumping up and doing whatever I want when I wanted to taking Peyton everywhere with me. It was no longer about me but, all about him now. 
MS: How do you feel about being a “Working mom”? 
Elexis: When I first started working I felt super guilty. Originally, I wasn’t supposed to start back working until 6 months to a year but, things changed and I had to go back at 3 months, and it was hard. Now that I’m older, and a little wiser I’m glad I’m a working mom. I provide & take care of everything for my son, & I’m strong, and confident in saying that I’m a working mom. 
MS: Has motherhood changed you at all? 
Elexis: Has motherhood changed me? *Laughs* yes I was a hot ass mess before I had my son. I think & see clearly now. I listen more now instead of thinking I’m grown & I know it all. I’m much more careful about the decisions I make and the consequences that come from them.
MS: What’s a quote or saying that helps you get trough life?
Elexis: Hebrews 11:1 now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
MS: Do you have any advice for all the mom’s/mom’s to be?
Elexis: Any advice ? Never give up. You can do it. The situation may not be what you wanted but, that’s okay. Just because you had a baby doesn’t mean your life is over doesn’t mean you stop living no. If anything it gives you more motivation and more reason to get yourself & life together not just for your child but, for yourself as well so you both can have a good life. 

Little boys superhero/comic book themed party!

My little boys just recently had a birthday party! They’re so close in age I had a party for them both & it was superhero/comic book themed! (Pictures below)

Homemade party favors!
Homemade oreo pops!

Homemade aqua blue cupcakes with butter cream icing!

Homemade Oreo pops.
Color scheme: Blue, yellow, black, & red! 

For questions & details please contact Motherhoodshenanigans@gmail.com

(Independent event planner based out of Houston Texas)

Easy one dish dinner!

Chicken, bean, & potatoes easy one dish dinner!


INGREDIENTS

2 cups green beans

3-4 medium potatoes

2-3 large chicken breasts, thawed or fresh

1 pkg Italian dressing mix

1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)

Salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Wash the green beans and potatoes.

Peel the potatoes and cut into small cubes.

Slice green beans into bite size pieces.

Line one side of a 9×13 baking dish with green beans and line the other with the chunks of potato.

Place the chicken breast between the green beans and potatoes. (I sliced my chicken in half to make thinner pieces of meat)

Cut the butter into 1 tbsp squares and place evenly over the green beans, chicken, and potatoes.

Sprinkle entire dish with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.

Cover with foil and bake for one hour.

NOTES

I made this with four potatoes, and I think next time I would only use three. Would also be delicious with a sprinkling of Parmesan!

Creative mom turns son’s scar into something magical! 

Little Ayden Benesh-Lastrellas accidentally hit his head after jumping into a huge pile of laundry.

Ayden’s mom Brittaney Benesh say’s  “The next morning, as we are getting ready to leave, Ayden is crying about leaving because he doesn’t like the big cut on his head.”

So this mama bear came up with an awesome idea to make her baby boy feel better! (Photos below) 


Big shoutout to this creative mom! 

“Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you!”