A Beautiful Exchange

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I was 21 when I had my first son Isaiah. My husband and I were  missionaries with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). We lived on a YWAM base in Chico, CA, that provided a close community  from which I gleaned much as a new mother. One of the mothers I learned  from was a precious Brazilian friend named Nalva. She was a passionate  woman of God who loved to intercede. She came to me one day with a gift; a book titled, “Lord Bless My Child.” She  invited me to meet with her once a week and we would pray together for  our children. We would not only pray for the immediate needs of our  kids, depending on the stages they were in, but we would sow seeds of faith into their growing character. I had been  raised in a family that valued and modeled prayer, and God used that  foundation, and the influence of my friend, to establish an  understanding and belief in my young mother’s heart that God wants us to raise our children with Him. He takes very seriously our  prayers and petitions. As we lift our children before him and ask that  He move on our kid’s behalf, he not only answers those prayers but in exchange He deposits His peace in our hearts. And all of us moms know that peace is definitely needed to keep us moving  forward with clear vision and hope for our families.

I want to invite you this year to a time of praying together. Maybe you  have some mom-friends that you want to invite to meet together to pray. Each month we will have a prayer focus and we will stand together and lift up our kids before the throne of  grace. We will use as our overall theme in 2014 praying the Armor of  God.

My prayer for you this month, as you consider the needs of your family, is Philippians 4:6-7, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Amen

Lanise Santala

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