Category Archives: Prayer

Fear the Lord: A Prayer for Parents

Our God and King, worthy are you to receive glory and honor and to be praised for your unsearchable greatness.  Who knows how the spirit comes to the bones of a child in the womb?  Who understands eternity past and future?  Who comprehends a throne founded on righteousness and justice?  You alone are to be feared above all gods.

But Lord, we confess we fear worthless idols, obeying their commands to our destruction.  Wood and stone, experts and popular opinion claim authority on our hearts and we willingly surrender to any promise that offers a life of fearlessness.  But you have not required us to be without fear, instead to live courageous lives, by fearing you alone.  Forgive us Lord.   Take captive our souls into your service and route our rebellion toward all powers that tickle our ears with false assurances.

Before we can ask that our children fear your name, we must first plead that we will.  The unspiritual are unfit to restore a brother caught in sin.  Until we seek first your kingdom and righteousness our children are stuck fumbling around in the insecurity of dark and crooked paths.  Greedy for unjust gain, we call our children to a standard that we don’t strive for and expect our wrath to get them there.  Forgive us Lord.  Grant us personal repentance, striving in sanctification, and gentleness in correction.  Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Our families bear the name Christian.   We claim that we and our households will serve the Lord.  For your name’s sake then, generously work in us and through us to be a fragrance of life to your people everywhere we go now and throughout the future generations of our families.

Teach us not to despise the days of small things.  Help us to fatten our babies’ souls with spiritual milk, nurturing their dependent little frames with your love.  Give us patience with toddlers as we teach them to obey you and your appointed authorities.  Give us faith to nurture the strengths and bear with the weaknesses of preschoolers.  Give us knowledge to teach our school age kids your absolutely true ways. Give us wisdom to guide our teens into maturity among a perverse and crooked generation.  Give us endurance to keep sharpening and humility to be sharpened by our adult children.

Teach our girls to be adorned with the beauty that Sarah had, fearing nothing that was fearful instead being a praise-worthy woman because she feared you alone.   Lead our boys in the way of David, the man after your own hear, give them whole-hearted devotion, bold repentance, and courage.  Do not list our children’s names among the cowardly.

To raise children in the fear and admonition of your name is a weight that threatens us with death.  In fact, it requires death.  Thank you that Jesus has died once for all and that we have died with him.  May the life we now live by faith free us to bear the fruit of generations of Christ-worshippers.


He Has Indulged Me

AllieI can’t turn my head without coming face to face with more of the Lord’s favor and blessing.  He has done for me all things well.  He has forgiven me, softened me, protected me from myself, comforted me, and equipped me for joyful service, though my sin deserves only trials he has  given me good things.  Praise Him with me!

‘Choices’  from Valley of Vision

O God,
Though I am allowed to approach thee
I am not unmindful of my sins,
I do not deny my guilt,
I confess my wickedness, and earnestly plead forgiveness.

May I with Moses choose affliction rather than
enjoy the pleasures of sin.
Help me to place myself always under thy guiding and guardian care,
to take firmer hold of the sure covenant that binds me to thee,
to feel more of the purifying, dignifying,
softening influence of the religion I profess,
to have more compassion, love, pity, courtesy,
to deem it an honour to be employed by thee
as an instrument in thy hands,
ready to seize every opportunity of usefulness,
and willing to offer all my talents to thy service.

Thou hast done for me all things well,
hast remembered, distinguished, indulged me.
All my desires have not been gratified,
but thy love denied them to me when fulfilment of my wishes would have proved my ruin or injury.

My trials have been fewer than my sins,
and when I have kissed the rod it has fallen from thy hands.
Thou hast often wiped away my tears,
restored peace to my mourning heart,
chastened me for my profit.

All thy work for me is perfect,
and I praise thee.

The Convicting Spirit – Valley of Vision

Chris put this in front of me today because he knew I needed to pray it, every part of it.  He was right.  Hope you are encouraged as much as I was!


Come, work repentance in my soul;
Represent sin to me in its odious colours that I may hate it;
Melt my heart by the majesty and mercy of God;
Show me my ruined self and the help there is in him;
Teach me to behold my Creator,
his ability to save,
his arms outstretched,
his heart big for me.
May I confide in his power and love,
commit my soul to him without reserve,
bear his image,
observe his laws,
pursue his service,
and be through time and eternity
a monument to the efficacy of his grace,
a trophy of his victory.
Make me willing to be saved in his way,
perceiving nothing in myself, but all in Jesus:
Help me not only to receive him but
to walk in him,
depend upon him,
commune with him,
be conformed to him,
follow him,
imperfect, but still pressing forward,
not complaining of labour, but valuing rest,
not murmuring under trials, but thankful for my state.
Give me that faith which is the means of salvation,
and the principle and medium of all godliness;
May I be saved by grace through faith,
live by faith,
feel the joy of faith,
do the work of faith.
Perceiving nothing in myself, may I find in Christ
wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, redemption.


One thing I really love about homeschooling is getting to creatively tailor education to my kid’s particularities.  When we started wandering aimlessly with reading,  I resolved to find a solution.  I came up with a “Reading Rewards” idea to help motivate them to a little more challenging reading.  They were bored with “Frog and Toad”, but complained constantly of being overwhelmed by some of the longer chapter books.  So I spent an entire rest time one afternoon (think very valuable time) searching out and planning reading schedules for each girl.  I wanted to vary the books enough to let them feel successful, but also challenge them a bit.  On top of that, it’s not as easy as it might sound to find well written books of substance that aren’t teeming with moralisim, people are basically good, believe in yourself messages.  There is a lot of drivel to wade through.

After making the lists, I bought a treasure box and filled it with all sorts of trinkets from the $1 bins at Target.  The deal was they would be allowed to pick 1 treasure for every book they finished and wrote a summary about.  When I showed Chris the list, he asked how long I thought it would take.  My response, “Oh a solid 2 months.  There are some books on those lists over 100 pages!” 

We started the program on Thursday.  Maggie is on book 4 and Emily is more than half-way through her 3rd.  Apparently they do not have a reading issue but a character issue.  Another reason I love homeschool: I get a front row seat to their hearts.  Reading is an easy fix.  I’m happy as a clam that they can read so well.   Laziness is going to take more than a box of trinkets to fix.  It will take more than any program has to offer.  In fact, there is only one way it will every truly be fixed in their hearts and mine.  We need a new heart and a righteousness that is not our own.  We need a heart that has never been lazy or complained, never been proud or selfish.  Thank you Jesus for giving us what we don’t deserve, cannot earn, and cannot live without: You.

The Divine Will

My dear husband has lately had the gloomy task  of encouraging his wife, whose heart sinks with the sun each fall.  Yesterday, he printed, cut out, and hid around the house,  Scriptures for me to fight with.  (And this he actually did right in front of me with scrapbooking scissors no less.  It didn’t really dawn on me until after I found them that making pretty notecards for his clients would be strange).     This morning he left me with this puritan  prayer from “The Valley of Vision.”  I have a wonderful husband whose actions tell me the truth about The Husband everyday.  Christ is my hope!   

I hang on thee; I see, believe, live,
    when thy will, not mine, is done;
I can plead nothing in myself
    in regard of any worthiness and grace,
    in regard of thy providence and promises,
    but only thy good pleasure.
If thy mercy make me poor and vile, blessed be thou!
Prayers arising from my needs are preparations for future mercies;
Help me to honour thee by believing before I feel,
    for great is the sin if I make feeling a cause of faith.

Show me what sins hide thee from me
    and eclipse thy love;
Help me to humble myself for past evils,
     to be resolved to walk with more care,
For if I do not walk holily before thee,
    how can I be assured of my salvation?

It is the meek and humble who are shown thy covenant,
    know thy will, are pardoned and healed,
    who by faith depend and rest upon grace,
    who are sanctified and quickened,
    who evidence thy love,
Help me to pray in faith and so find thy will,
    by leaning hard on thy rich free mercy,
    by believing thou wilt give what thou hast promised;
Strengthen me to pray with the conviction
    that whatever I receive is thy gift,
    so that I may pray until prayer be granted;
Teach me to believe that all degrees of mercy arise
    from several degrees of prayer,
    that when faith is begun it is imperfect and must grow,
    as chapped ground opens wider and wider until rain comes.

So shall I wait thy will, pray for it to be done,
    and by thy grace become fully obedient.

In Christ Alone

In Christ ALONE my hope is found.

My hope is not found in money, in government, or education.  Not in friends or family. Not in my legacy, my kids, or health.   Not in my church, my husband, or MYSELF. 

He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fulness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

Back in the Game

Last night I went to bed hoping I’d wake up in heaven.  It’s been that kind of a week.  I was exhausted, overwhelmed, tired, buried.   Instead the Lord gave me a dreamless uninterrupted 6 hours of sleep (and then a little more) and sent me back to work this morning.   With all the basketball going around right now, I felt like an injured player who wanted to quit but instead got a good tape job and a pep talk.   He put peace in my heart, energy in my limbs, and a song on my lips.   Sleep is a precious gift.  Thank you Lord!!!

Psalm 4

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.

1 Answer me when I call to you,
O my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
be merciful to me and hear my prayer.

2 How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame [a] ?
How long will you love delusions and seek false gods [b] ?

3 Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself;
the LORD will hear when I call to him.

4 In your anger do not sin;
when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be silent.

5 Offer right sacrifices
and trust in the LORD.

6 Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?”
Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD.

7 You have filled my heart with greater joy
than when their grain and new wine abound.

8 I will lie down and sleep in peace,
for you alone, O LORD,
make me dwell in safety.

KluckStock 2010

We have dear friends at our church who adopted their 2nd little boy from Ukraine last year.  At that time they learned he had a sister, and she is now available to be adopted.  They are eager to bring her home, but are out of funds.  This Friday at University Reformed Church…

You’re Cordially Invited to

KluckStock 2010

A “Bring Home Anastasia” International Adoption Fundraiser

at KluckStock, you’ll get the chance to:

Contribute financially to the adoption of Maxim’s little sister Anastasia

Eat dessert

Sing Karaoke

Bid on Silent Auction Items

Friday, March 26, 7-9 PM (Childcare Provided)

RSVP to:

Valley of Vision- The Family

One of my very favorite books is of a collection of Puritan prayers called “The Valley of Vision.”  It protects me from chronological snobbery, kindles affection in my prayers, convicts my heart of sin, and reminds me of my only hope, Jesus.  The following is one of my favorites that I pray for myself, my family, and “all whom I love.”

Thou art the Creator-Father of all men,
  for thou hast made and dost support them;
Thou art the special Father of those who know, love and honour thee,
  who find thy yoke easy, and
       thy burden light,
       thy work honourable,
       thy commandments glorious.
But how little thy undeserved goodness has affected me!
  how imperfectly have I improved my religious privileges!
  how negligent have I been in doing good to others!
I am before thee in my trespasses and sins, have mercy on me,
Help me to hate and forsake every false way,
       to be attentive to my condition and character,
       to bridle my tongue,
       to keep my heart with all diligence,
       to watch and pray against temptation,
       to mortify sin,
       to be concerned for the salvation of others.
O God, I cannot endure to see the destruction of my kindred.
Let those that are united to me in tender ties
  be precious in thy sight and devoted to thy glory.
Sanctify and prosper my domestic devotion,
  that my house may be a nursery for heaven,
    that my church the garden of the Lord,
      enriched with trees of righteousness of thy planting,
                                            for thy glory;
Let not those of my family who are amiable, moral, attractive,
  fall short of heaven at last;
Grant that the promising appearances of a tender conscience, soft heart,
  the alarms and delights of thy Word, be not finally blotted out,
  but bring forth judgment unto victory in all whom I love.