I have this creativity prayer saved as the screen saver of my phone. I try to pray it before every work session, over my work, my creativity, my clients. And as I was driving today, wrestling in my head of the true need for chore charts and summer duties, desiring to teach my children responsibility and you know, all the mothering things; I thought to myself, why do I not pray over this aspect of my motherhood in the same way as my work?
It’s embarrassing to admit, as a pastor’s wife and a pretty big advocate for prayer in general, that I lack prayer discipline in certain areas. But, if I’m being honest, I don’t pray over the seemingly mundane work before me as a mother. I don’t second guess praying over the words I write, the projects I tackle, or the mere sentence that needs to be drafted for work. And yet, I say I want to be sure I’m building my children properly for a lifetime of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and I’m choosing not to pray over the building blocks to our daily lives. Seems a bit off balance.
Why the confession? I hope to offer a bit of hope to the mama out there that may feel like I have today. We don’t always get it right. We, too, are in need of grace upon grace. And when we gather around one another, in encouragement and support, we can move mountains and change the world right in front of us.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” --1 John 5:14
So today, I offer this gentle reminder that these things, too, are good to spend time in prayer over.
1. The tools you choose to use to build your children. I’m okay at praying about what feels big -- the tension my girls have with friends at school, the decision of which extra-curricular activities they should take on, that God protects their little minds and hearts. But what about if those chore charts I spoke of earlier are necessary for their growth, maybe one system works better than another, maybe one child needs a specific task assigned to them to mold their heart in a particular way… I don’t want to miss that. These little things I frequently find myself wrestling with and getting annoyed by, rather than bringing them to the foot of my Father who knows my children SO well.
2. The choices you get to make on a daily basis. I frequently forget just how blessed I am to have a vast amount of choices before me on a daily basis. I can choose Starbucks, Dutch Bros., homemade or the mom and pop shop down the street. I can choose cleaning products, toothbrushes, images to grace my walls, apps to download to my phone, where to shop for my family’s needs, what to do with my leftovers, and which of the thousands of books at my local library to read. Our choices are endless. I believe God wants to be a part of all these choices. Why wouldn’t He? We are His daughters! As mothers, we can fully understand just how lovely communication with someone we love is. Sometimes, we think these choices are too small or pointless, maybe. But I would argue, the Holy Spirit would love to prompt us in even these small choices to reach, touch, and encourage the beautiful lives and hearts of our children. Maybe this simple act of praying through the small things is the perfect way to steward them well.
3. The work you’re able to do outside the home. Some moms may choose to work outside the home because they feel it’s the right choice for their heart, others may feel as if they have to in support of the family, but either way, praying over your work brings a genuine thankfulness and excitement to what you get to do outside of the home. Looking at your work as an opportunity to pour into others, possibly serve other adults, using the gifts God’s so generously blessed you with. This is not only a beautiful practice, but it brings a depth of meaning to our work that spills over into our homes and how our children perceive working in the future.
4. Creativity to implement good stewardship. Sometimes we simply pray for more. A bigger budget. More hours in a day. A bigger house. But I would challenge, maybe we should be shifting the prayer from more to God-inspired creativity. New eyes to look at how to steward what we already have in a better way. How to turn the small square footage into a castle for a princess. How to take a few ingredients and somehow, turn loaves and fish into abundance. Maybe God is calling us as mothers, to breath supernatural creativity into what we already have and let it catch a joy and brilliance to what is before us in the eyes of our children.
5. Opportunities to reflect Jesus in the everyday. Sometimes it is so difficult to simply make it through the day. Sometimes all I want to do is hole up with a good book and no one to bother me. Alas, spilled milk and the whines of my children ensue and what I do in those moments makes a difference. What if I chose to pray to teach in those moments lessons of Jesus, of patience, grace, and love. What if I took moments to teach why baking bread and bringing it to the neighbors really matters. That it’s a heart thing and it can change the world. What if I remember, in the everyday, that these moments, these minutes, are impactful and important. My mind may try to convince me my days are small or annoying. And still, I need to be praying that my mindset shifts to see value in every little opportunity. An honest prayer that my confession turn to belief and really truly reshapes how not only I but how my sweet children view the whole world before them.
We can do this mamas, let’s get after Jesus in the everyday. Let’s bring all the small before Him and watch as His glory is seen through all of it.
Jenna Martin is a momma to three littles, pastor’s wife and avid coffee drinker by day, while moonlighting as a freelance writer and social media manager. She has a passion for drawing in an audience with creative hooks and soul searching composition. Her prayer is that all she puts her hands to draws others toward the real, awesome and transforming heart of Christ.
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