How to Make Better Decisions for Your Family

Our family made a big life change this year. Coming to a final decision was not easy. We labored over our choices, exploring our options, praying earnestly, and seeking Godly counsel.

The months leading up to the decision were excruciating. I felt sick, not knowing the best option for our family in this season. Admittedly, I am an over-thinker. I think and think and think some more, turning the situation over in my mind a million different ways. I play out scenarios and look at the positives and the negatives, weighing each against the other.

Through this process, I was reminded that for us to make the best decisions for our families — or in life, really — three things need to be true about us — three separate components working in unity in our minds and hearts.

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How to Make Better Decisions

Back-to-School Prayers for our Kids

A new school year is right around the corner for our family, and we are potentially facing some big changes.

Like you, I want my kids to transition well into a new school year. I want my kids to love learning, to excel in their endeavors, and have an enjoyable year. I want my kids to like their teacher and get along well with other kids. I want them to have ease and safety and be A-okay.

I really do want my kids to have an easy life — so much so, that sometimes I forget the importance of allowing my kids to experience natural consequences, the growth that comes through facing life’s struggles, and the satisfaction of success after failure.

The protective Mama in me wants to control my children’s circumstances and grant them a trouble-free year, but far more than that, I desire God’s plans for my children, even if that means unexpected circumstances, unwanted struggles, and new experiences.

I don’t want to control or manipulate, demand or impose. I might think I know what is best for my children, but God is the One who sees their hearts and knows their feelings. He is the One who understands them better than they do themselves and loves them more deeply than I ever can. He has a plan, and He knows what He is doing.

God has a plan for my children — for their good and His glory, and I want to join God in the work HE is doing in my children’s hearts and lives.

I’m sharing 4 critical back-to-school prayers for our kids over at For the Family today. Click over to read more.

4 prayers to pray for our kids as they head back to school this year


Make sure to join us as we pray Scripture daily for our kids throughout the month of September!

Scripture prayers for our kids every day this September

Praying for our Kids to be Saved

Scripture to pray for our kids to be saved

I have a lot of desires for my kids.

I want my kids to be good people – to be kind and generous and honorable. I want them to get along with one another, care for people, and stand up for what is right. I want my kids to be full of joy and love to learn and be problem solvers. I want so many good things for them, but more than anything else, my deepest desire is for my kids to believe Jesus for their salvation and follow His leading in their lives.

One of the best gifts I can give my unsaved children is praying for them to be saved. Being in relationship with Jesus will not only change the lives of my kids here on earth, knowing Jesus will change my children’s lives for eternity!

As much as I try, I can’t save my kids; only God can do that. But I can join God in the work HE is doing in them by praying for my kids’ salvation.

“[God] desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4), and that includes our children! When we pray for our kids’ salvation, we are praying according the will of God. God desires for your kids to know Him!

Have you been praying for a long time for your kids to come to know the Lord? Don’t give up! 2 Peter 3:9 tells us that “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”

Keep praying, Sister. God is at work, even when your eyes can not perceive His movement. God wants your child – young or old – to know Him as Savior.


  • These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men” (Isaiah 29:13).
  • “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
  • “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
  • “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God…” (Romans 2:8).
  • “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth…” (1 Timothy 2:4-5).


Lord, we so desire to raise our children in a way that pleases you and leads them to you. But even if our children can say all the right things and do what looks right, that doesn’t mean their hearts are in the right place. But you know our hearts, Lord, and you can change them. I pray that You will draw _________’s heart close to You.

I pray that in your right time,  my children will recognize and fully comprehend that all have sinned, even them, and fall short of the glory of God. But may they also know that You so loved the world, that You gave Your only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.

I know, Father, that You desire all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth, so I pray, in faith and according to Your will, and ask You to bring __________ to a saving knowledge of You! May they, through faith, accept your gift of salvation. Thank you, Lord, that you will do it!


Scripture prayers for our kids every day this September

Struggles our Men Face

Two days ago we celebrated Father’s Day.

While many ate cake and laughed around the table, others wept for fathers lost or never known. Some ached with disappointment and others were bitter with contempt.

But whether the day was happy or discouraging, there is no other day that reminds me how important it is to be praying for the men in our lives.

Kids need their daddies.

Wives need their husbands.

We all need the men who are grandpas and uncles and brothers and friends to be the men that God has called them to be, to be men who live with courage and faith and humility and grace. Men who love patiently and with kindness. Men whose love is long-suffering and rejoices with the truth. We need men who walk with God.

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5 Struggles men face and what a wife can do to help